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Old 01-05-2006, 11:59 PM   #1
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Big Suspension Problem You Should All Be Aware Of!!!

it was brought to my attention today that there is a major problem with the focus rear suspension.

i took my zx3 into the dealership i used to work at today because of diagonal wear to the rear tires. the car has 29k on it and is a month out of warranty.

my good friend looked at it, and said you have an alignment problem. he went on to say that the springs on all the focus models have seemed to settle down to much over time, and have caused the tires to become tilted inwards towards the car at the top. this is because the upper control arms are not long enough, and because they are not adjustable, there is no way to get the car back into specs.

so, next i asked, what is ford doing about this. he said they developed a kit last year that includes longer upper control arms to correct this issue, however, even though the kit was released in 04, the 05 models still have the same upper control arms as the 00-04's, which means that ford has overlooked this problem and not corrected it.

ford is not willing to work with me on this issue, as i am the second owner of the car, and they say that they have no idea how the car was treated before my purchase, which is B.S, because Ford is aware of the problem, and i feel it should be a recall or program. They are aware of the prblem but are not willing to correct it. I see this the same as putting in a transmission that they know is defective and expecting the owner to pick up the tab.

Anyone else have this problem?


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Old 01-06-2006, 12:04 AM   #2
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well my suspension isnt stock anymore so. would a camber kit help??
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camber kit is for front isn't it? How about buy new control arm?
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no, camber kit isn't just for the front. nissan had a similar situation with the 350z. but it had to do with camber settings. they recalled and reset camber as well as giving new sets of tires.
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camber kit is for front isn't it? How about buy new control arm?
No, they also sell rear camber bolts for our cars. How bad is the tilt on your vehicle? Is there any way you can post pictures of it?
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Damn you barely beat me to the reply jmotank. If the camber is off by alot you might just have to buy new control arms.
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lol. gots to be quick!! j/k
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the new kit redesigned by ford is basically just longer control arms.
i can try and take pictures tommorow. it is a noticable difference in the way that the tires sit leaned in. i am unaware of a camber kit that can correct it.
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the toe, according to the master mech. is off by more than 1 degree when they see this problem. he said he's seen several with this problem, and the only fix is the new control arms.
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lol. gots to be quick!! j/k
I thought I was, but not enough . Oh well. cbrenn71, Would you be able to get pics of the kit that is said to fix this problem?
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