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Old 08-07-2012, 06:03 PM   #1
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Rear tire rubs on the inner wheel well shield

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I have a 01 Focus Street . When you have 4 people in the car the left rear tire rubs on the inner splash shield be hind passenger door in the middle of the tire.
I checked all the rear suspension parts and they seem fine. Would a worn bushing on the trialing arm cause this. Only has 69,000 miles and the tire is not worn at all.

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Have your shocks ever been replaced? At 69K its time to do so. I'm guessing most of the rubbing occurs on undulations where the shocks work hard especially when under load. A set of SVT shocks and struts may be a good solution. They're very good quality and cheap (less than 200.00 delivered to your door). If you would like to improve your handling with minimal impact to ride quality Ford Racing sells a whole suspension kit (springs, shocks, and bigger rear sway bar for about 300.00 delivered. That's a great deal if you've ever priced those items individually or with aftermarket parts.
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I've had the rub even when car jacked up in the air, the rear inner liner had warped. Simply cutting a notch out of it with scissors stopped it. Both mine did it and fixed. Stock wheels and tires.
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Sorry to get off-topic, but you have an 01 with 69k miles?? Nice.

Also, if the car is still on the factory shocks, replace them.
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I've had the rub even when car jacked up in the air, the rear inner liner had warped. Simply cutting a notch out of it with scissors stopped it. Both mine did it and fixed. Stock wheels and tires.
Easier solution would have been to take a heat gun and re-shape the inner liner with a little bit of heat and persuasion.
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I re placed the shocks in the spring time . It only rubs when you have people sitting in the back seat. It is my daughters car and she does not race her car.
The inner wheel liner is not made of platic it is like a rubber fiber material so you can not heat it up and re shape it.
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If this is happening with the correct size tires installed, your rear springs are broken. It's very hard to diagnose but check deep down inside the rear control arm pockets. You'll see that the last turn of the spring(s) is broken off down in there. Same thing happened to me on my '01. The springs were installed at the factory covering the drain hole that is supposed to let the salt water out.
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The tire are what the door tag calls for this Focus. I checked the springs and they are not broken. Took to a frame shop and they checked it out and found nothing wrong with the suspension. They did a front and rear alignment
and found that the rear was out . They adjusted the rear and now the tire does not rub on the inner wheel shield with 4 people in the car. The rear tires did not show any un even wear be for the alignment.

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