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Old 02-24-2014, 12:30 AM   #1
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Extreme shaking at 55-65mph

Hey guys I've been lurking around reading posts for awhile but now I have an issue I need some help with.

I have a 2013 Focus Titanium. Bought the car Sept 2012 and it has 52k miles on it so taking it back under B2B warranty is out of the question

I had an accident a few months back that caused me to swerve so I wouldn't collide into an idiot that cut in front of me and I hit a curb going around 50 or so

Body shop replaced a lot of suspension and also had to replace both wheels and tires on passenger side.

Well now when I get up to 55mph I have a HORRIBLE shake, bad enough that you can see the passenger seat shake violently. When I get up to 70mph it goes away but comes right back when I slow down

I've brought it up to the body shop and they basically say they can't do anything about it...blame it on the 18'' wheels etc etc...

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Old 02-24-2014, 12:51 AM   #2
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You need another opinion. That body shop sold you a steaming pile.
They just do not want to accept responsibility.
Go someplace else, AND get a lawyer. Actually call your insurance company. They are the people who paid for the crap job. And usually they can get satisfaction.

I had a repair go bad. And the repair place had that 'get lost' attitude.
The insurance co got involved and the repair place was all over themselves and fixed the issue.
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Body shops aren't exactly the best for mechanical issues.

You didn't mention whether this happened immediately or if it's recent.

FWIW - tire/wheel assembly balance issues usually show up at the speed you mention, and I wouldn't be surprised if the Body shop was unable to check this themselves for lack of tire balancing equipment.

If it happened recently, you may have lost a wheel weight. Doesn't take much to get a violent shake, some Ice on a wheel one winter made one of mine shake so badly control was difficult 'till I slowed down.

Wiggle the wheels to make sure nothing is obviously loose then get it checked out.

As Elizabeth said, second opinion is badly needed - "18's" don't CAUSE these problems.
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:10 AM   #4
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could be tires need balancing that could cause a shake
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:13 AM   #5
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A shake that appears and goes away with speed is usually caused by an out-of-balance wheel. This happens with my Jeep (at the same speeds you're having issues with) and when it does I have to rotate the tires and get the front tires onto the drive axle.

It sounds counter-intuitive, but that's the first thing I would try. If simply rotating them off the drive axles don't help, have their balance checked.
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^^^ this. Rotate front to back, and see if it changes. Get the wheels balanced, and make sure that the shop uses a Hunter Road Force machine. Ask which one of their staff is the best at road balancing, and don't let anyone else do it. All my Miata's whether road or track versions, are famous for a 65 mph "shimmy" if they are not road balanced. I've been amazed at some of the tires I thought were fine, until they were spun up on a Hunter machine, only to see how bad the rubber was... seperated cords, heavy spots, you name it. It costs more than a regular balancing, but a hunter Road force balancing is worth every penny
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Your tires need to be balanced
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Well I went directly to the dealership to get everything fixed. Didn't want to be without a car for another week plus while the original shop messed around.

They went to balance the tires and they said it would have needed 6.5oz of weight on each tire...

The alignment was so bad on the car that it caused the tires to wear in a crazy pattern, basically you could run your hand over the tread and feel that one part of the tire was 1/8 - 1/4'' higher than the rest.

Didn't replace the tires yet, trying the alignment and crazy weights to balance for now and hoping the tires will wear down to normal after a few miles get on them.

The issue is a little better but far from fixed :(
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Alignment should solve the original problem & weights will help.

IMHO your tires sound too badly worn to fix themselves by wearing differently. Bad cupping wear usually continues once it gets deep. Can't hurt the tires worse by driving on them now, as long as the vibration is quelled enough to be "OK" just watch them so they don't wear down past the tread.

Agree with "better but far from fixed" evaluation.
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