Alignment issue..... - Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum > Ford Focus Tech Discussions > Wheels & Tires

Wheels & Tires The place to go for answers on wheel types, tire sizes, offset, wheel patterns and more.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
FocusFest FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-28-2009, 12:24 PM   #1
Focus Enthusiast
 
ShamrockSVT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Fan#: 47719
Location: Glendale, AZ
What I Drive: 2011 Ford Fiesta SE

Posts: 3,002
FF Reputation: 72 ShamrockSVT Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
Alignment issue.....

SO this has been discussed over and over and over....however, my problem I couldn't find using the search button:

I have the usual SVT alignment problems with being overly cambered and/or toed and my front tires having the inside edge chewed up very rapidly. So I take the spec suggestions from here, bring them to the shop, and let them do their magic. Every time they tell me the car was "way out of factory spec or the ones I'm asking for" then "did you hit something?"
then the car runs great, better gas mileage, tracks down the road perfect, wears the tires nice...then a few months later, it wandering, eating the tires, getting hard to drive.

Now, I don't drive all that aggresively, I don't hit pot holes (not many around in AZ) I don't curb check the thing, no extra bumps or incidents, just smooth AZ roads, though I do traverse many speed bumps daily, I take them very slowly.
What can possibly be making my car fall out of allignment all the time? I can't afford to keep buying tires and alignments.
Thanks for any and all help.
Ride:
2003 SVTF, 88k miles
stock springs as far as I can tell
recent (oct '08) new KYB GR2 shocks/struts all around
tie rods have no play, ball joints solid, front end passes all wiggle tests
running 215/45/17 tires on stock wheels
rarely pushed hard


__________________
ShamrockSVT: Doing my part
ShamrockSVT is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 03-28-2009, 12:33 PM   #2
Adam
 
Insane's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Fan#: 51468
Location: Rocky Mount, Virginia, United States
What I Drive: 2003 Infra Red ZX3

Posts: 1,688
FF Reputation: 41 Insane Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (2)
Can you give us the specs before and after the alignment please?

If you can put up a picture of the slip they should have given you that would be great.
__________________
-Zetec Crew #215
Volant Intake, SVT Snorkle, By past A/C, AFX UDP, Copper Plugs, 9mm Plug Wires, Toms Tune, Roush springs/shocks/struts, Eibach Sway-Bars, C-F-M Racing Lower Engine Mount.
Insane is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-28-2009, 12:51 PM   #3
Focus Fanatic
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Fan#: 1427
Location: Westminster, CO
What I Drive: 99 miata, 05Mazda6, 09GTI, 12Imprez

Posts: 8,023
FF Reputation: 141 Geezer Excellent Standing Member Geezer Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
If the alignment is going out of spec shortly after an alignment you have a mechanical problem. I guessing its bushing compliance, tie rod ends and/or ball joints. Its not unusual for simple tests to not reveal all problems. I'd double check those parts mentioned as well as the upper strut mounting plate. Replacing the lower control arms takes care of most bushing issues as well as the ball joints. Another possibility is that the bolts used for making the toe adjustments are not being torqued properly or are loosening prematurely allowing the settings to change.
Geezer is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-28-2009, 11:06 PM   #4
Focus Jr. Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Fan#: 63471
Location: Knoxville
What I Drive: 2000 Black SE Sedan

Posts: 45
FF Reputation: 1 klemenz Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I would say maybe the wheel bearing(s) are bad.

Your car make any noises that are louder than when you bought it?
klemenz is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-30-2009, 04:59 PM   #5
The Librarian
 
WD40's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Fan#: 5157
Location: Helena, MT
What I Drive: '04 Sonic Blue - SVT 3Door

Posts: 13,116
FF Reputation: 138 WD40 Excellent Standing Member WD40 Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (3)
ShamrockSVT;
Are you jacking the car up rather often for whatever reason?
If so, where are you placing the jack when lifting the car?
WD40 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-31-2009, 02:50 AM   #6
Focus Enthusiast
 
ShamrockSVT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Fan#: 47719
Location: Glendale, AZ
What I Drive: 2011 Ford Fiesta SE

Posts: 3,002
FF Reputation: 72 ShamrockSVT Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
Thanks guys. The car doesn't seem to be any louder when driving, but its hard to tell as I drive it every day...but I would say no.
The only time I jack the car is for oil change/tire rotation, around every 3k miles or so, and o lift it with a floor jack on the pinch weld factory jack point, behind the front tire. Should I lift it from someplace else?
Next chance I have, will check the front end again.
Posted via FF Mobile
ShamrockSVT is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-31-2009, 11:07 AM   #7
The Librarian
 
WD40's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Fan#: 5157
Location: Helena, MT
What I Drive: '04 Sonic Blue - SVT 3Door

Posts: 13,116
FF Reputation: 138 WD40 Excellent Standing Member WD40 Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (3)
Should I lift it from someplace else?
Nah, that's alright...I was just making sure you weren't jacking it up from the control arms which may eventually throw it out of alignment.
WD40 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may 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
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
tranny issue. cohort General Technical Chat 19 02-23-2009 06:13 PM
Alignment issue: SVT suspension on 2000 ZX3 kl0kwUrk Brakes, Suspension & Body Chassis 12 02-09-2009 10:32 AM
alignment specs ? herman Wheels & Tires 2 12-08-2008 05:57 PM
Alignment Kit?? DAM Wheels & Tires 4 05-29-2006 11:36 AM
alignment after drop - how soon? whiteboyslo Wheels & Tires 1 09-24-2003 03:58 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:54 AM.


Copyright 2002-2015 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information

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 Mazda CX-3, Audi S3, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Acura TLX. You can find all Ford Focus, Focus ST and Focus RS related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area. If you own other makes have a look at Challenger Hellcat Forum, Charger Hellcat Forum, Cadillac ATS-V Forum, Cadillac ATS Forum, Cadillac CTS-V Forum, Lexus RC-F Forum, Lexus GS-F Forum, Mercedes GLA Forum, Mercedes GLE Forum, Civic Type-R Forum and Volvo XC90 Forum.





Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1