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Old 07-17-2006, 09:00 AM   #1
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Serious suspension problems.

Hello everyone,

I need to get some opinions regarding a serious suspension issue that my brother's 2000 Focus is having. At speeds of 40mph+, the back end shifts violently from side to side and it nearly causes the car to go off the road. We took it to the dealership and they gave an estimate of $702 to repair the rear suspension. I suspect that it is worn bushings, but the dealer wants to replace the rear arm assembly, etc. My questions are: 1) Where's the best place online to buy Focus parts at a good price and 2) Is this much work really necessary, or is the dealer merely trying to pad the repair bill. (See attachments)

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Old 07-17-2006, 04:10 PM   #2
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Yup...Focus Salvage (www.focussalvage.com), run by v6focus on here:

http://www.marketworks.com/storefron...321&i=15417042

Salvaged complete rear suspension dropout...$150 plus freight charges to your door from WV. You could either replace the entire assembly or just cannibalize the parts you need from it.
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Old 07-17-2006, 05:41 PM   #3
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You took it directly to Ford?

That's mistake number one!!!
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Old 07-17-2006, 11:07 PM   #4
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is it only over bumps or is it when you are driving normally, i have been in a focus with one bad rear strut and when it would compress on large freeway bumps it would make it bounce to the side pretty violently, scary to drive!
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Have you checked you wheels? (are they bent?)
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Old 07-18-2006, 07:32 AM   #6
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Sounds stupid, but check your tire pressure. Agree, bad shocks would let the car wallow all over the place.
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Old thread, I know...
but did you ever resolve this problem?
Experiencing the same on my '03. Have had the rear end looked at by 4 different mechanics who all say the bushings are fine. Just replaced rear shocks and bearings. Tightened it up a bit, but still does the wallowing in turns thing.
The car has also had a 'clunck' noise coming from the rear whenever going over bumps, and as the noise worsens, the wallowing seems to as well.
Thoughts?
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Old thread, I know...
but did you ever resolve this problem?
Experiencing the same on my '03. Have had the rear end looked at by 4 different mechanics who all say the bushings are fine. Just replaced rear shocks and bearings. Tightened it up a bit, but still does the wallowing in turns thing.
The car has also had a 'clunck' noise coming from the rear whenever going over bumps, and as the noise worsens, the wallowing seems to as well.
Thoughts?
Clunk coming from the rear, Have you checked the top shock mounts?
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Clunk coming from the rear, Have you checked the top shock mounts?
Well no, but shocks were just replaced and the noise hasn't really changed since.
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Check the shock mounts, a crack in it could be the cause of your problem!, like what's also said, see if your wheels need re-aligned, if the camber is out then that could be part of the problem also I think.
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