Newbie-Suspension Steering Problem - 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 03-10-2005, 05:42 PM   #1
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Fan#: 18537
Location: VA
Posts: 4
FF Reputation: 1 cbjr0256 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Newbie-Suspension Steering Problem

EDIT: Just jacked up the car and noticed the driver side strut spring is broken. That is what is making the popping noises. Looks like new struts and springs are going to be on the agenda this weekend.

Hoping the experts could shed some light on a problem that just cropped up. I read the FAQ's and tried some search phrases but nothing really fit.

I have a 2000 Focus Sedan with the DOHC engine (zetec?)5 spd. 84,000miles.

I had the car in for vehicle inspection today and they put it on a lift like always (wheels hanging) and when I got back into the car the damn thing makes the god-awfulest pop noise as I turn the steering wheel. Maybe two pops from straight to lock left or straight to lock right.
I can see the front wheel pop a little as it goes through the 'bad spots'. Driving straight and normal driving it doesn't make any noise. Turning into the driveway I got one good pop out of it.

It track straight, no pulling, tires have been on for many miles and are wearing evenly.

It did not do this before being lifted.

I was thinking perhaps it is the strut thrust bearing or rack an pinion. Just not sure how to prove it out one way or the other.

TIA for any advice,
Chuck



Last edited by cbjr0256; 03-10-2005 at 06:21 PM.
cbjr0256 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 03-10-2005, 06:48 PM   #2
S2
Retired Fanatic
 
S2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Fan#: 4939
Location: Canada, Canada
What I Drive: Camaro 2SS/RS

Posts: 19,999
FF Reputation: 67 S2 Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (20)
Moved to Wheels, Tires, Brakes & Suspension......
__________________
Chad (S2)
S2 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-10-2005, 06:50 PM   #3
Focus Addict
 
FocuzdZX5's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Fan#: 7906
Location: Fairfax, VA
What I Drive: '01 CD Silver ZX3(mine) '04 Light Tundra ZX5(wifes)

Posts: 1,291
FF Reputation: 1 FocuzdZX5 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (2)
^^^^ don't try and help the guy.

How did your car pass inspection with a broken spring?? It may just have to be reseated in the top plate.
__________________
Current Mods - NONE -

Had - AEM cai, Eibach Dampers/Sportline springs, FC Knobs, 98 Edition Euro Bumper, FC TB, FS strut bar, FC wire cover, FR plug wires, Eibach Sways(frt/rr), FC header, bosal flex, Borla 2.5 cat back.

Long tyme no post!
origanal FF #: 2221

e-mail frostyj@cox.net
FocuzdZX5 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-10-2005, 06:51 PM   #4
Geturownfocus
Guest
 
Fan#:
Posts: n/a
Welcome to Focus Fanatics!
 
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-10-2005, 08:13 PM   #5
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Fan#: 18537
Location: VA
Posts: 4
FF Reputation: 1 cbjr0256 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
You know those VA inspections are pretty quick - I guess he just missed it. Probably looked fine hanging from the rack.

Turns out that this problem has a customer satisfaction warranty to 10yrs or 150k miles, the car was built in Wayne IND 10/99 so it is covered - apparently corrosion was the cause of these coil spring failures.

Thanks for the welcome geturownfocus!

Chuck
cbjr0256 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-10-2005, 09:12 PM   #6
Focus Fanatic
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Fan#: 12900
Location: Rockville, MD
What I Drive: 2003 SVT Focus

Posts: 1,643
FF Reputation: 1 crazymechanic Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
let the DMV know about the problem you're having, there's absolutely no excuse for a bad inspection. the guy that inspected your car deserves to lose his license if he can't do the job right.
crazymechanic 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



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:09 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