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FNG here! I have a 2001 SE with the alloy 16's. The rear tire wear is horrible even with regular rotation. Wondering how often enthusiasts rotate tires here and if there is a fix to the camber issue that isn't a racing set up?

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ford has a set of replacement upper control arms with 1 degree less camber to correct the excess negative camber caused by the settling of the factory suspension
 

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you should rotate your tires every 3-6k miles. i get mine rotated and balanced every 3k miles since its free, but 6k miles is what is norally recommended. if you go too long you thats bad. so just make a habbit of rotating them with every oil change.
 

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If your are NOT lowered, get the car's wheel alignment done. That is almost ALWAYS the reason for uneven tread wear. Actually even if you are lowered, make sure you get a wheel alignment.
 

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what if the wear like? are certain area's in the tire lower than other area's looks like a wave pattern.. if so you need struts!
 

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With any front wheel drive vehicle, the front should always wear more than the rear. Something is out of adjustment if your rear is wearing more than front.
 

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S2 said:
If your are NOT lowered, get the car's wheel alignment done. That is almost ALWAYS the reason for uneven tread wear. Actually even if you are lowered, make sure you get a wheel alignment.
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Agreed ^^ check the alignment first, it must be off.
 

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It's not lowered, stock 01 SE with the 4V 2.0 and the 16" wheels. The car is in alignment, the struts are not floppy, the ride is good dampning wise. The pattern is scalloping with increased wear on the inboard edges. Tires have been rotated every 6K, inflation checked every 2 weeks. I have noticed my car to have what I think is excessive camber- compared to other foci I see. I do not drive around with a bunch of weight in the trunk. I've been thinking of doing the struts though it rides well and sits correctly. I was hoping to see if there was any specific focus related component wear or design issues that made this a common occurance, like the control arms mentioned previously, I like the idea of taking some of that camber out.

Thanks and keep the ideas coming I do appreciate all the comments.
 

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I doubt you're still under warranty, but there is a TSB out on the rear inner tire wear:
03-15-5

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TSB (03-13-5): REAR INNER TIRE WEAR
Date: July 01/03
FORD: 2000-2004 FOCUS

ISSUE
Some vehicles may exhibit rear tire inner edge wear.

ACTION
If a vehicle exhibits rear inner edge tire wear, and the rear camber reading is beyond the negative end of the specification (max. -2.2 Wagon, -2.3 Sedan & ZX3/5), then install revised +1.0 degree rear Upper Control Arm(s). Refer to the following Service Procedure for details.

SERVICE PROCEDURE
Removal

Remove the rear wheel and tire. For additional information, refer to Workshop Manual Section 204-04.
Remove the outboard upper control arm bolt, and detach the upper control arm from the wheel knuckle.
NOTE: MAKE A NOTE OF THE POSITION OF THE UPPER CONTROL ARM TO AID IN INSTALLATION.

For Wagons only. Remove the lower shock bolt and position the shock aside.
Remove the inboard upper control arm bolt, and remove the arm.
Installation

NOTE: FINAL TORQUING OF THE REAR SUSPENSION COMPONENTS SHOULD BE CARRIED OUT AT OR NEAR THE CURB HEIGHT SETTING. TO ACHIEVE THIS LOAD THE SUSPENSION.

Install upper control arm and a new inboard upper control arm bolt.
For Wagons only. Reposition shock and reinstall the lower shock bolt.
Position the upper control arm in the wheel knuckle and install a new outboard upper control arm bolt.
Reinstall rear wheel and tire.
Recheck alignment to verify camber change, and set toe if necessary.
LABOR OPERATION CLAIMING CHART
Operation Labor Description Vehicle Time

031305A Check Alignment, Replace One Rear Upper Control Arm, And Recheck Alignment (Includes Time To Set Toe If Necessary) Sedan, ZX3/5 1.1 Hrs.
Wagon 1.1 Hrs.

031305B Check Alignment, Replace Both Rear Upper Control Arms, And Recheck Alignment (Includes Time To Set Toe If Necessary) Sedan, ZX3/5 1.4 Hrs.
Wagon 1.5 Hrs.


PART NUMBER AND PART NAME
3S4Z-1A154-AA Kit - Rear Suspension Upper Arm - Contains Arm And 2 Bolts

OTHER APPLICABLE ARTICLES
NONE

WARRANTY STATUS
Eligible Under The Provisions Of The Basic Warranty Coverage

DEALER CODING
BASIC PART NO. CONDITION CODE
5500 07
 
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