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Old 06-27-2017, 06:13 PM   #1
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2003 Ford Focus SVT Bad Shake On The Front End

What is this issue? I always have a shake on the front end of the car at 70-80mph. But it's only under load, never when just cruising. So I know for a fact it's not the tires, rims or suspension or steering problem. I've already replaced that.

What do you guys think?

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Old 06-28-2017, 07:22 AM   #2
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How tight are your control arm bushings?
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Old 06-28-2017, 07:25 AM   #3
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How are the cv joints?
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Old 06-28-2017, 09:15 AM   #4
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Control arm bushing seem a little cracked, but there is no reason control arm bushings come loose. There shouldn't be a need to tighten them.

I do need to inspect CVjoints...
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Old 06-28-2017, 09:29 AM   #5
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possible bad motor mounts?
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When I say tight I mean not sloppy, the rubber in those cab go bad just like the rubber in a motor mount. Then movement can happen, which can cause toe to be off when on the gas. Just a thought, my right fronts are bad, ordering new arms and ball joints, only $42ish a side which is a great price considering they want $45 for just a ball joint
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I'll keep that in mind about the control arms.

All motor mounts are brand new, ford brand. And lower dog bone is poly.

I wanna jack her up and wiggle the tire to do some test. Just wanted some input to see what to start checking. I'm willing to bet it might be a CV axle issue...
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Easiest way to test the control arm bushings is to try to turn the wheel forward or backward(on the ground) mine moves significantly.

Being that it's only at a higher speed could be a caliper dragging and causing it to chatter once it's warm
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It's only under load, so this rules out control arms, rules out calipers as well.

CV axle I have to test, and motor mounts are brand new.
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I've got a bad axle in my car currently that gives me shuddering under load. Willing to bet that's what you're dealing with.
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