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Old 04-04-2005, 02:18 PM   #1
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Vibration in steering wheel

My focus shakes. My friend's focus shakes. His has less than 11,000 miles on it.
Both shake the steering wheel at about 70mph.

I would like to know how many other people experience this problem. Here's how to re-create the vibration:

Disclaimer - In doing this don't create a dangerous situation to yourself or others - only perform this check on a long straightaway with no other traffic around.

Go 70mph and then loosen your grip on the steering wheel if the steering wheel shakes it will be easy to notice. Mine moves about an inch (2.54 cm for you metric folk) either way. It's rather violent. If you rest your hands on the wheel then it will get a little better but you can still feel it.

My friend's Focus has only 11,000 miles on it and it shakes the steering wheel about 2 inches back and forth. When you hold the wheel it shakes the rest of the car.

Thanks in advance!
Jon

P.S. I have replaced both front half shafts on my car and done a road force balance on all new tires. Everything in the front end checks out and is aligned perfectly. Unless you know of a specific fix for this please don't suggest. I'm looking for how many Foci have this vibration problem because I think that many, many of them do.


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Old 04-04-2005, 02:28 PM   #2
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The most common things that cause the vibrations are either mud or dirt in the wheel wells causing the wheels to be out of balance, the wheels actually out of balance, bent rim, bad tires......

You said you got new tires and an alignment, balance, how are the rims, any curb hits, past accidents? What year is his car?
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Old 04-04-2005, 07:01 PM   #3
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yea id say if it came all the sudden and there is no snow in wheels its a bent rim...jess
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Old 04-04-2005, 07:08 PM   #4
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Re: Vibration in steering wheel

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I would like to know how many other people experience this problem.
Yeah you can count me in. I've had the wheel/tire assemblies balanced, rotated, different tires put on. That's about it so far, in my case it's possible one of the front wheels is slightly bent, not enough to see but enough to throw off the balance of the wheel itself. Or perhaps something else, I don't know. It's not as bad as it used to be since I got the new tires, but it's still there and yes it is in the 70-80 mph range most predominantly.
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Old 04-04-2005, 07:14 PM   #5
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Sounds exactly like what happens to mine. I've had it checked by two different dealers who say it's fine.

This has been brought up a few times before, look for goinloco1's post on page 2 of this thread http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...n&pagenumber=2

Ignore what I posted about the sway bar, that was for a different problem.

Hope that helps.
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Old 04-04-2005, 07:33 PM   #6
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We had this problem with my parents van, it was becuase there was a Bump in the rim, and it would only shake after 60mph
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Old 04-04-2005, 10:41 PM   #7
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Whew!

Glad to see such great response!

My car is a 2000 with 126,000 miles on it. The wheels, tires, and suspension check out just fine. I replaced the original 16 inch 5 spokes because I thought they were causing the vibration... They apparently weren't. My friends car is a 2004 - and it's worse than mine with only 11,000 on the dial.

Please continue the thread... I want to hear how many others have this vibration problem. As you can see, most dealers will tell you that it's "just fine" or "within specification". This is all a bunch of crap.

Thanks and keep them coming!
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Mine did this for a little. In my case it was and is a bent rim. But before I bent the rim, it was shake free.

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I think my steering wheel is starting to do this also
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Something may be wrong with the tires themselves... perhaps some premature chopping. Or it could be the case that not all of the lug nuts are securely fastened. Maybe you don't have enough air in your tires or too much? Dirty rims maybe? Lots of possibilities, too little time :/

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