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Old 04-17-2013, 06:58 AM   #1
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Alright I have a problem... obviously! I recently tried to have my re-alignment done but couldn't b/c my drivers side rear tire has -2.4 degrees of camber. I was told that the machine said something about a control arm camber kit and then I explained what I saw to him and he said that I need to replace my strut b/c a previous owner of the vehicle might have gotten hit on that side which would have left the strut bent. I only have one picture at the moment but I will be posting more as soon as I get a chance to take a the wheel off. Any ideas of what it could possibly without taking of the wheel???



Next, if it is a strut that has to be replaced does anybody recommend a certain brand for a 2009 Focus SE? If I decided to install some lowering springs would it be alright to stick with the stock struts or should I upgrade them and do it all at the same time? Any thoughts/ideas would be greatly appreciated... I'm fairly new to wrenching and trying to learn as much as I can by what people tell me, have done, or by me trying to do the work myself. Thanks again


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Old 04-17-2013, 08:59 AM   #2
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If you install lowering springs with new struts, I would recommend shopping for 06-07 model year parts. THey'll fit and you have a better range of options.

Apart from that I would say you could just get a pair of replacement rear struts from monroe or something to fix this alignment issue until you start modding the car. (Do not buy a single rear strut, replace them both)
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the rear of my car had some camber like that too when i lowered mine. is is the spring seated correctly? and yes there is a kit you can buy to help on the rear camber. i bought one thinking i would need it and i didn't..
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:58 AM   #4
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Just to clear things up a bit...

The Focus has struts in the front, but it has a multi-link suspension in the rear, shock absorber there - but no strut.

A "Camber bolt" can be used on the top arm for a small amount of adjustment, and they are often sold in "kits" of two for those adjusting camber after lowering the car. Adjustable upper arms are used for larger adjustments, shouldn't be needed in this case.

Many shops would have individual camber bolts on hand for common applications.

Sounds like whoever you talked to didn't know what car you were referring to, and earlier responses just answered the "strut" question without thinking it through.

Luck!

P.S. - SOME came with camber at the outer edge of what's acceptable, worn bushings can account for others, prev. damage could be an issue, needs a good check over to see where yours falls & get it back in an acceptable range.
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P.P.S. - "Importance of toe in/toe out" in the "stickies" (last read first section) will give you some good info. on alignment for these cars. Worth the read.

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Sailor is right, the rear is a shock absorber, not a strut. Why does this matter you ask? Well, since its not a strut, the shock doesn't affect the position of the rear wheel. So the cause is not a bent shock, but the shock could still be damaged.

You likely have a bent or damaged arm(s), hard to tell which one without jacking the car up and taking a look.
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You'd think the tech would have a quick peek at your suspension, while it was on the alignment rack, for bent arms or something. How far was the other side? Your upper arm would have to be bent to get negative camber. If the front toe-link arm is bent You'd have positive toe. It'll be great if you could find someone to show you or help look real quick. If your going to lower your car, like it was said earlier use the '06+ kits. Springs & dampers. It could be you already have camber asentrict bolts & the lr is out of adjustment. I'd have someone else look at it.
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the rear of my car had some camber like that too when i lowered mine. is is the spring seated correctly? and yes there is a kit you can buy to help on the rear camber. i bought one thinking i would need it and i didn't..
To be honest I haven't started modding it... I picked it up a year ago and I started noticing this a few months ago
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The tech I talked to didn't look at my suspension bc I called over the phone and to be honest I'm not too big into paying $50+ to have somebody take a quick look, especially somebody I don't know personally.

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