04-06-2005, 08:17 PM
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Jacksonville Arkansas
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weird left rear spindle...
First I'd like to say Hi and this is my first post here.
Two days ago I took my girlfriends 2000 Focus to the dealer for a tire rotation. They offered a free inspection ( I was interested in knowing how her brakes were anyway). They took the wheels off and I inspected the front discs and when we got to the rears they had a set up I haven't seen before. They were like front hubs on old rear drive cars. It had a cap over the hubs with a bearing pressed in the drums. The left rear had another cap inside the hub over the spindle that was held in place with a small bolt. This cap held the large nut so it wouldn't back off the spindle while going down the road, and cause the wheel to come off. A cotter pin use to be used on the old front hubs.
Sorry to go into all this discription but the over anxious tire buster at the dealership was reassembling the hub and when he got to the small bolt for the cap on the he used an impact gun on it and, you guessed it, he snapped the head of the bolt off! The dealership did give us a rental and researched the recall for her car (she said she had taken it in for the recall before). Well they came up with a new spindle and they said the new spindles do not have use the cap. I was just wanting to know if anyone out there with a 2002 or later focus with drum brakes has seen this little cap in the left rear hub.
I am somewhat concerned. I saw the spindle and it does not look any different or special in any way. The dealer gave me a invoice with a discription of what was done, to include part numbers and location of what was done.
Thanks in advance.