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Old 08-29-2012, 09:54 PM   #1
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Broken Rear Control Arm Adjuster Bolt (used for alignments)

the older ford focuses have alignment issues. the factory specs were incorrect. apparently there is a newer set of specs to be used. I've had two different mechanics explain this to me. it is the cause of the "cupping", and ultimately the reason why I replace my tires yearly.
I brought my car to a garage today that was recommended to me because they know how to properly align the tires on the older focus. when I got there I was assured by the mechanics that they do indeed know how to properly align it and they thoroughly explained to me about the specs, etc.
So the mechanic goes to do the alignment and one of the rear control arm adjuster bolts just breaks off! it was seriously totally seized (it appears as if no one has taken it off in years and I had another mechanic elsewhere this afternoon confirm he believes that as well) and that previous shops had obviously just taken our money and said they aligned it but hadnt. The guy could tell that someone previously had broken the nut on the bolt and had tried heating the bolt up with a torch to loosen it in the past. so yeah... bolt is broken clean off. the head of the bolt with the nut in his hand, the rest of the bolt seized up inside the bushing in the control arm.
so you think "need new bolts and bushings". great. except apparently you can't get those particular bushings any more - you have to buy an entirely new control arm. the mechanic called around to all of his suppliers and they all had the same info - not in stock, can get it overnight, but cost over $200 per control arm. wow. suddenly once you consider labour and a couple control arms, my 2005 focus is going to cost close to $1000.00! (after I've already spend $700 this summer in various repairs).
I told the mechanic we will see if we can source the parts elsewhere and get back to him.
So I looked online at the autopartswarehouse and another similar site. the parts that say they are the rear control arm for 2005 focus look nothing like the control arms I need to replace. any idea where to buy these things? Should I be calling them something different when looking for the parts? I thought they were "rear lower control arms" but I see nothing online referring to lower control arms in the rear. I'd call around to stores but I'm afraid I'm going to ask for the wrong thing since what I see online doesn't look like the arms on my car. maybe what i'm calling the control arms are actually called something else?

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Here's one link that says rear control arm for 2005 focus:
http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/sk...MEMS40125.html


Here's another that says rear control arm for 2005 focus:
http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/sk...MEMS76109.html




UPDATE ADDITION:

is this the control arm I need for my 2005 ZX5? http://www.rockauto.com/dbphp/x,cata...H_MS40153.html
I see this on Amazon and ebay for well under $100.00 plus shipping. for real? half the price that local stores have it? is this really it? can I just buy MS40153 where-ever?
ALSO, I see on Amazon that there is a rear bushing kit 6-307-bl, does this include the bushing I need that aren't really generally available any more? http://www.amazon.com/Prothane-6-307...YC/ref=lh_ni_t
If I ordered that and paid for quick shipping, does that solve my problems?



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Old 08-29-2012, 10:43 PM   #2
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The pics are for the UPPER control arm, you need the lower as seen in the links at the bottom of your post. The lower has the bushings that seized to the adjuster bolt. You could do the prothane bushings that you linked to, but the labor to press them in/out of the control arms will make the job considerably more expensive.
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:21 AM   #3
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I believe i got my control arm from O'Rileys for about $100 something nothing to expensive. And it came with the bracing for the sway bar.
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:32 AM   #4
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I live in Canada so I'm trying to find some inexpensive ones I can order and ship to me. O'Riellys is like a auto parts store chain, right? I do live close to the US border so technically I can go to Detroit, MI and buy the parts if I know where to go and that they have stock.

Is Mevotech brand safe? I don't expect to keep my focus much longer - not more than a few more months. so I don't need top of the line parts. My husband is sick and tired of the money that has been sunk into this car (mostly in tires but in recent months it has been repair after repair after repair).
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I called the mechanic and asked him if he is familiar with mevotech. he said he has used their parts and has had no problems. he said they are one of the better after market brands. so that is comforting.
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do I HAVE to go to a Ford dealership to get the adjuster bolts?
it would be nice if it just came with the control arm.
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Assuming the 2005 rear suspension is the same as 2000 - 2004 get the SVT rear lower control arm if one is needed. I am not sure if newer non SVT ones have ever been updated but it had extra enforcing in key sections that are known to have stress problems.

Is the mechanic not able to back out the bolt?
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Here in the states the bolt is a special order through Moog in the parts stores computers it has the Upper arm camber bolt which is to short.

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do I HAVE to go to a Ford dealership to get the adjuster bolts?
it would be nice if it just came with the control arm.
I have those bolts for sale. PM me if you're interested...

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Assuming the 2005 rear suspension is the same as 2000 - 2004 get the SVT rear lower control arm if one is needed. I am not sure if newer non SVT ones have ever been updated but it had extra enforcing in key sections that are known to have stress problems.
The 05 RLCAs are the same as 00-04. I've even seen an 08 with the same RLCAs so I'm assuming that they are the same all the way up to 2011... Most, if not all, aftermarket RLCAs are already reinforced just like the SVT. The 08 that I saw (at a junk yard) even had reinforced RLCAs and it didn't even have a sway bar.
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Euro bred has a lot of them.

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