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Has anyone got a decent "exploded" diagram of the 2002 SE Z front suspension (preferably with legend).

I've purchased a used (duh) 2002 Wagon and the front end is making all kinds of noises.

Now I'm one of those nuts that figures "hell, if I'm pulling off everything anyway, I might as well rebuild the whole damn thing."

Everything is OE and I'm thinking: struts, cv/half-shafts, upper and lowers, bearings, etc.

Yes, I'm nuts...
 

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Agreed on the "Nuts" part....

With a simple description of WHAT noises, and WHEN they happen, we can PROBABLY tell you what is worn out, and what needs to be replaced...

I'd start with ball joints (you buy the whole swing arm, and it's cheaper/easier than separate joints, PLUS you get new bushings that way).

Second, tie rod ends - since they are probably a bit loose....

Third, the sway bar links are a CHEAP fix that solves LOTS of "noises" - Ford's have been redesigned and are the best, but the Autozone, Moog, etc. are greaseable and around 20 bucks a set.... I was short on cash when I needed some, and the lifetime autozone ones are working fine....

Unless you are getting clunking noises when the steering is turned, the half shafts are probably OK (unless you see ripped boots).

A constant "whine" MAY be a sign of wheel bearing issues, but NOT necessarily... I had ONE particular tire (installed by the Ford dealer I bought it from) that sounded EXACTLY like a bad bearing... Swapped it to the rear.. Noise gone....

Luck!
 

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I'm pretty much getting all of the "bad" noises; the hard clunk when turning wheels to the limit, constant "purring" from the left front wheel (I've rotate tires, no affect), metal to metal pops when hitting bumps. I think it's a combination of problems due to age and being "rode hard and put up wet."

The cars got 140K on it and though this is my first Focus, my experience with other FWD cars tells me that (especially if I'm doing CVs anyway), it's worth the cost of the parts to replace the other worn-out or potentially worn-out components. If I'm under there removing all the bolts and nuts for one job, I don't want to go through the same labor 3 months down the road to replace something that could have been done the first time around.
 

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MY GAWD! That's perfect! Excellent thread.

Thanks very much for the post. Believe it or not, I searched the forum for about an hour trying get that kind of "hit" but could never find it.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.
 
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