Noise coming from front end of 2002 Ford Focus

Lately I have been hearing what sounds like grinding coming from the front end of my 4 door north american focus. It is not road dependent as it is present no matter where I drive. It is high pitch and I
start hearing it whenever I go faster then 20km/hr. I know that the focus is noisy but I don't recall hearing this noise when I first purchased the car. I don't drive it often as my wife usually has it. Any thoughts on what this could be?
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I see you're from Canada - I know on my 2000 wagon I had several notices about either the wheel bearings or the sealing of the wheel bearings. Due to the fact I was in PA. where salt is used on our roads causing problems...I'd check to see if that involved your year and your car...I think mine was done early on so I never really even heard anything at all....Good luck. Linda
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On 03 Aug 2004 00:57:24 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com (HbgpodLW) wrote:

Thanks for your input. I recall (no pun intended) reading about the wheel bearing problem when I was researching the focus. I thought that the problem had been solved in the 2002 model year. I am thinking about taking the car into the ford service department and have them see if they can pinpoint what the problem is. I just hate the time it takes for the problem to be checked out, for them to determine if they can hear the problem ect.... Again thanks for the help.
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You were right. I took the car into the dealer and after a 5 minute test drive the technician knew that the problem was a bad bearing. He indicated that the problem was a bad bearing on the front wheel axle (the center one not the ones at either end). He also showed me a special bulletin notice from ford with regards to the problem and that Ford replaces it with a better one.
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On 03 Aug 2004 00:57:24 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com (HbgpodLW) wrote:

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Sounds like a it could be a tire. If it is a bearing or CV joint it would vary with speed and also change noticeably when you go around a corner. Look for uneven wear, something stuck in the tire, a bulge in the sidewall, abrasion damage, and air loss. If you don't have a pressure gauge, it's a good thing to have in the glove box.
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On Tue, 3 Aug 2004 08:30:52 -0400, "Dave Gower"
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An interesting input. You are right that the sound does not vary with speed and I never notice a noise problem going around corners. I will have a close look at my tires. I only have about 26k on the car so I hope the tires are not the problem. Thanks again.
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re front end noise:
Just recently announced, a solution for front-end clunking, noise, and/or vibration. TSB 03-20-2 discusses possible remedies for this situation.
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