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Old 08-25-2008, 08:33 AM   #21
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Ya know this would of helped if i knew about this thread a AAAAAAAAAAllllllllllllllllooooooooooooooooogggggggggggggg time ago b/c they were sitting like / \ for a long time.
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Old 08-25-2008, 12:38 PM   #22
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mine to since i lowered it. does that recall still have effect if we lowered our car?
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mine to since i lowered it. does that recall still have effect if we lowered our car?
The answer to that one is pretty much a "no brainer". Why would ford want to fix a camber issue you created or made worse. Their fix is for stock suspensions that can't get rear camber below -2.3 degrees. I haven't heard of anyone having that problem with a stock suspension so Ford's service bulletin was more or less a joke.
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I found this old thread from a Google search and joined up as a result.
Yesterday, I was actually insulted by the service manager, a woman, at our local Ford dealership. She quoted me almost $800.00 to install a kit to correct the rear camber alignment problem. When I protested that it sounded like a manufacturing defect and should be repaired free under my extended warranty she said, "You bought Ford's cheapest car. What do you expect?"
If anybody is wondering why American car manufacturers are going down the toilet, that woman explained it very clearly.
I printed out Jake's information, for which I thank you heartily , and will use to press the issue and, hopefully, get the situation repaired at no cost to me.
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Smile rear tire wear

I have a 2004 focus zts sedan and I had the same tire wear problem, also I have a 2007 5 door focus. I have eliminated the problem simply by rotating my tires every time I get an oil change. I get even tire wear all around and the tires last longer and the best part is the tire rotation is usualy a no charge item.
Hope this helps anyone with the problem but not the bucks to have the dealer alter the car. It working just fine for me.
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Old 10-19-2010, 07:53 PM   #26
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I have a 2004 focus zts sedan and I had the same tire wear problem, also I have a 2007 5 door focus. I have eliminated the problem simply by rotating my tires every time I get an oil change. I get even tire wear all around and the tires last longer and the best part is the tire rotation is usualy a no charge item.
Hope this helps anyone with the problem but not the bucks to have the dealer alter the car. It working just fine for me.
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While tire rotations are very important and I applaud you for doing it frequently, if you car has a poor alignment it will eventually show up in uneven tire wear no matter how much you rotate them. Think of it this way, if one corner is out of alignment, you're prematurely wearing every tire you put on that corner. Periodic alignments are just as important (if not more so) as rotations.
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Posted via FF MobileThe shade tree alignment technique with fishing line & a mechanic`s ruler worked perfectly for me, even without a perfectly smooth drive to do the checks on. Had 1 rear corner toed in too much when measured, adjusted it & all is well now..... (rear wear on stock tires, realigned after installing SVT wheels & suspension)
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This is bunk. I had this problem and Ford wouldn't replace the control arms. Said my car was still within thier "specs" for changing the arms.
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Hello,

I just joined the forum as I was gathering info on Focus camber and toe in adjustments. I have a 2001 Ford Focus that I bought used, which is certainly well beyond factory warranties. I've noted a few comments in this thread related to control arm issues and wondered if there was a hidden warranty, as I've heard from my repair shop that rear control arm bushing wear was a notorious problem with the earlier model Focus and he did not recommend replacement due to my vehicle advancing age; ie., don't throw good money after bad.

The camber on my vehicle has gotten visibly worse as the control arm bushing bolts have migrated out of centre, and the right wheel is worse than the left and has markedly become toed out. I live in Canada, and can tell you that my vehicle has become unsafe to drive on icy highways due to the rear wheels competing for traction and steering the rear of the car unpredictably as one wheel gains traction over the other, and takes the rear of the car into its particular track! Also, inside tire wear has been outrageous over the past 6 months. Unfortunately, finances are such that I need to make this car last until the fall, and am looking to replace the contol arms myself and see if I can get it realligned. If there are hidden warranties of the control arms that I'd need to fight for, I'd appreciate any links or info that can be recommended.

I'd also like to know if anyone is aware of how to adjust the toe so I can at least make the car more drivable until these repairs are done. We are a one car family and I need a car for work, so can't do such ambitious repairs until I have some time off later this spring.

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There's no hidden warranty. Around 2004 or 05 (can't remember exactly) Ford finally acknowledged that their rear chamber specs were too high (issued a service bulletin). Lots of Foci were delivered with negative camber numbers at the top of the spec range. Large amounts of camber combined with even moderate amounts of toe-in (even within spec numbers) in the rear end eats tires (the inside edges). Fords fix was to offer a revised upper control arm that reduced negative camber by 1 degree. The problem, or "catch" in this case, was that to get the arms your car had to be out of the rear camber spec range. Very few, if any, cars were out of the range because the spec range was very broad. For those early cars that range was +0.3 degrees to -2.3 degrees.

The real fix is to reduce rear camber to no more than -1.5 degrees and reduce the amount of allowable toe-in to no more than 0.04 inches. To reduce the camber you'll need to get a camber correction devise (such as camber bolts or adjustable upper control arms) as camber is not adjustable in stock form. The bolts work fine and cost the least. Naturally if your control arm bushings are shot, you'll need to replace them. Toe is adjusted by the bolts that attach the inward ends of the lower control arms.
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