Front tire rubbing strut - Focus Fanatics
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Focus Fanatics > Ford Focus Tech Discussions > Brakes, Suspension & Body Chassis

Brakes, Suspension & Body Chassis The place to go for answers on brakes, suspension, camber, alignment and more.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-30-2013, 10:55 PM   #1
Robb_B
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Fan#: 119387
Location: Columbia, MO
What I Drive: 2000 Green Passenger

Posts: 5
FF Reputation: 1 Robb_B Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Front tire rubbing strut

I hit a bump/curb getting off the highway the other day and, now, the front driver's side tire is leaning on the strut. I can't tell what part is bent. I took some pics to give you any idea of whats going on. Any ideas? Thank you in advance.



Last edited by Robb_B; 10-03-2013 at 11:40 PM.
Robb_B is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 09-30-2013, 11:19 PM   #2
qweesy
Focus Addict
 
qweesy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Fan#: 12042
Location: Houston, TX
What I Drive: 2004 focus Duratec 2.3 RS (DEAD)

Posts: 1,166
FF Reputation: 3 qweesy Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (6)
rotate those pics the right way man , something looks broke....... or those shocks are completely blown and springs have sagged.... hows that front control arm look?..... bearings?
qweesy is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2013, 06:31 PM   #3
bringler26
FUBARCUS
 
bringler26's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Fan#: 59705
Location: Mentor, OH
What I Drive: 03 ZX3 & 07 Impreza 2.5i

Posts: 5,673
FF Reputation: 29 bringler26 Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (5)
I would guess by looking at that you bent the strut and or control arm.
__________________
2003 Ford Focus ZX3("FUBARCUS" was "Brokus") - old and still busted
2007 Subaru Impreza 2.5i - current DD
Quote:
Originally Posted by zetecDon View Post
I always moderate naked!
bringler26 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2013, 09:53 PM   #4
felixthecat
Focus Fanatic
 
felixthecat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Fan#: 80663
Location: Renton, WA
What I Drive: '05 Silver Sport Technologies

Posts: 8,490
FF Reputation: 53 felixthecat Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bringler26 View Post
I would guess by looking at that you bent the strut and or control arm.
Bingo^^^^^ You bent the strut where it goes into the spindle. The strut is the weakest link which is good vs a arm or mounts. One more reason to stick to easy get, popular struts/coilovers. If that was a H&R, K/W coilover he could of got just that one.
__________________
Introduce Mr. Torsen to the mix D23 crew- D-Tech- Sedan Revolution= #131
felixthecat is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2013, 06:15 PM   #5
macdiesel
I used to drive this
 
macdiesel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Fan#: 31579
Location: Chicago, IL
What I Drive: 2010 mazdaspeed3

Posts: 3,310
FF Reputation: 21 macdiesel Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (14)
When you get that strut out of the spindle you'll be surprised how bent it is.
__________________
I now drive a Japanese Ford.
macdiesel is online now  
    Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2013, 12:46 AM   #6
bringler26
FUBARCUS
 
bringler26's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Fan#: 59705
Location: Mentor, OH
What I Drive: 03 ZX3 & 07 Impreza 2.5i

Posts: 5,673
FF Reputation: 29 bringler26 Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (5)
Actually you can get a good idea by the proximity of the coils to the tower and also by the way the brake line is sitting. Mine always had a much bigger loop to it than that.
__________________
2003 Ford Focus ZX3("FUBARCUS" was "Brokus") - old and still busted
2007 Subaru Impreza 2.5i - current DD
Quote:
Originally Posted by zetecDon View Post
I always moderate naked!
bringler26 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2013, 10:07 AM   #7
felixthecat
Focus Fanatic
 
felixthecat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Fan#: 80663
Location: Renton, WA
What I Drive: '05 Silver Sport Technologies

Posts: 8,490
FF Reputation: 53 felixthecat Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Great time to upgrade your suspension. Hey look 5700 posts=
__________________
Introduce Mr. Torsen to the mix D23 crew- D-Tech- Sedan Revolution= #131
felixthecat is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2013, 11:55 AM   #8
Robb_B
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Fan#: 119387
Location: Columbia, MO
What I Drive: 2000 Green Passenger

Posts: 5
FF Reputation: 1 Robb_B Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Thanks for all the replies. I apologize for my inability to rotate the pics - I rotated them before I posted but they still turned out wrong (perhaps only horizontal is allowed, idk). It sounds like the strut is bent. Unfortunately, I will probably take the boring route and try to find parts from a salvage yard rather than upgrading. I will post back with some pics (properly aligned) when I have the strut removed. Thanks, again, for the input.

Edit: I figured out how to remove and repost the pictures. Thx for the motivation qweesy.

Last edited by Robb_B; 10-03-2013 at 11:44 PM.
Robb_B is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2013, 10:25 PM   #9
Robb_B
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Fan#: 119387
Location: Columbia, MO
What I Drive: 2000 Green Passenger

Posts: 5
FF Reputation: 1 Robb_B Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Well I got the wheel off and the tie rod is bent. Perhaps I'm too optimistic, but it looks like the bent tie rod could cause the strut to lean in too much...nothing else looks bent, yet. I have to get a joint puller and an axle nut socket tomorrow to get a better look at things.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20131003_211456.jpg
Views:	20
Size:	240.3 KB
ID:	19520  

Robb_B is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2013, 10:49 PM   #10
emsvitil
Focus Addict
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Fan#: 50210
Location: SoCal, CA
What I Drive: 2000 SE Wagon

Posts: 1,211
FF Reputation: 9 emsvitil Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Sorry, a bent tie-rod would only screw up your toe-in.......

Take off the other side and compare.
__________________
Ed
emsvitil is online now  
    Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:05 AM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Terms of Use : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information : Site Map

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Acura TLX or Fiesta ST. You can find all Ford Focus and Focus ST related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area.