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Jake 12-29-2003 11:49 AM

'00-'04 Focus Rear Tire Wear

17 October 03
Robert Lane

Ford Motor Company told dealers that they may need to replace the rear upper control arms on Ford Focus models. The models include: 2000 through 2004 Focus Sedan, Wagon, ZX3 and ZX5 series.

According to Ford, consumers have been experiencing more than normal wear to the inside of the rear tire(s). Should owners experience such a condition, then they should bring their vehicle in to a Ford or Lincoln Mercury dealership for a possible adjustment. Ford will check the rear camber and, if possible, make an adjustment. If an adjustment to the vehicle's rear camber is necessary beyond the negative end of specification, then the dealership will need to source replacement rear upper control arm(s)."

The Ford Motor Company parts service kit required for this replacement is 3S4Z-1A154-AA. Ford will perform the replacement of parts under provisions of the bumper to bumper warranty under TSB T31305.

This is considered a "silent recall" where upon Ford may NOT notify owners of this condition. Owners should contact Pat Hoye (313) 248-8336 at Ford World Headquarters or click here for a Ford executive assigned to your area.

Owners are advised to have their vehicles inspected before the warranty period expires.

It's your money - demand a better product and Ford will listen.

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Chick 12-29-2003 12:16 PM

Thanks for the info. I remember reading this on here somewhere. I'm gonna bring to the dealers attention when I go and get my oil changed next time.

oracleguy 12-29-2003 12:27 PM

You are probably thinking of:

Chick 12-29-2003 12:32 PM

Yep that's the one.

Jake 12-29-2003 12:41 PM

Sorry for the repeat. Maybe others, like myself, missed the first posting.

I don't think this TSB/ silent recall is the end of the world. In fact, we are probably getting better rear end treaction becase of it(-thats a guess-so tech heads, don't go nuts.)

I'm certainly going to have my dealer take a look at the rear alignment. Like the guy says,
"demand a better product and Ford will listen."

(well it can't hurt anyway)

soffiler 12-29-2003 03:00 PM

This makes me wonder. I follow the book and rotate tires every 5000 miles. Wonder if I'll even see it...

vanace 12-29-2003 03:12 PM

probly won't see it.. and the dealer won't do a thing about it unless there is obvious wear. They probly won't even put it on the alignment machine

XxDRIVERxX 12-29-2003 03:35 PM

[paranoid] Back brought the dead thread on accident I ment to post here [?|]
But I checked mine and theres not any abnormal wear.. Then again I have like 2700miles [thumb]


Neep 09-27-2006 07:55 AM

I'm trying to figure out what's wrong with my rear end and this could be it. I'm wondering if anyone might have an idea if I'm right or not.

I've got a 2000 ford focus LX with some really horrid looking Rear Camber. I took it in to have a four wheel alignment performed, and the rear end came back as in tolerance (actualy it came back as perfect), but judging by the tire wear and just visualy looking at the rear end, the camber has to be off. It's a 2000, I've had it for 6 years now, I've never replaced a tire before hand based upon tread wear (Meaning I ran something over before the tires wore out... I'm competent like that.)

The car has been rear ended before. No huge damage there, a little fender bender in bumper to bumper traffic.... except I did have to drive off of the hood of the person who rearended me. But that was around 2002.

The biggest recent changes are new rims from a ZTX (I think) installed when I needed to get new rims due to some big damage from a large pothole (on the front end [four new rims though, but only the front hit the pothole]) They were installed about a year ago, my (now x-)girlfriend had been driving it for the last year and a half and noticed a clicking noise in the rear when you hit a bump. I can duplicate it through sharp, short changes in direction, and the rear end "floats" when going around a turn that is not completly flat (there's one turn if I hold the stearing wheel perfectly still, the rear end will sway left and right a little bit in the turn)

I'm trying to figure out what this is and what caused it, and so far my last hope after here is the dealership, where they charge me 90 bucks to look at it, and through previous repairs with them, I know they're not the most competint of folks... or cheap.

Anyone have any idea if this could be my problem, or if something else has happened to my car's rear end?

If pictures would help, I can get them, I just didn't think to.


2002red 09-27-2006 04:38 PM

I had a some noise in my rear suspension before I switched to the aftermarket setup. It was from some small stones lodged in the lower coil spring seat in the lower control arm. Yours may be a similar situation....

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