I have no idea what is wrong with my car.. I love it, but lately i have
been having a problem with the rearend of the car. It seems to be targeted
to the rear-passenger side. When i hit a bump in the road, and the rear
tire hits it, the cars uncontrollably fishtails all over the road. I wont
even take the car on the freeway for fear that i will lose total control.
(yes, It's that bad) I am sure i need to replace something, but not sure
what it will cost me. I could use any advice anyone is willing to give at
this point. Thanks so much! Pris
I've never experienced the problem to that degree, but the rear end of my
wagon would sometimes feel a little looser than I liked. I replaced my rear
shocks about a month ago and that sensation has now gone away.
BTW, both my local dealer and the shop that replaced the shocks told me Ford
has updated the design of the rear shocks. That change must have been in
response to some shortcoming.
Ya, but every 20,000 km? Rear tires along with them also?
Ford dealer and Ford of Canada: "There's nothing wrong with your car,
I have a 2001 SE wagon. Worst piece of shit I ever got stuck with.
You may find the problem with your "piece of shit" to be nothing more
than a lousy set of tires, or a worn set of tires. Our 2002 Focus SE
wagon developed a fishtail like you mention, especially over concrete
pavement. A trip to the dealership and an alignment by the dealer did
not help. Only taking our car to our trusted mechanic showed us the
Focus required DIRECTIONAL tires. To top it off, the limited adjustment
that can be done to a Focus alignment was WAY off. Switching the tires
and bringing the alignment into spec fixed the problem. You might want
to look into this first before making such broad pronouncements.
I too have a 2001 SE wagon and had a similar problem to the one you describe
however apparently mine was not as pronounced... I also had excessive tire
wear on the rear as well... What cured my car of this problem was a "good"
alignment shop... I talked to the guy who runs the shop about posts I'd seen
on here regarding Fords rear-end alignment specs being a bit suspect...
Anyway he told me that he used his own specs and not Fords to align Focus
rear ends... You might need to make a few phone calls to the alignment shops
in your area but I'm sure you can find someone who can fix you up. Good
"Bob Watson" <tec64> wrote in message
My handling improved when I put P185/65R14 tires (and rims of course) on my
'03 and '04 Focus Wagons. With the 15" low profile tires I was bending
O.E.M. rims quicker than I could replace them. Both sets of replacement rims
came from a '99 Escort.
Another thing that was brought up to me along with the alignment problem
with the Focus SE wagon was DIRECTIONAL tires. My wife's Focus used to
dance over concrete pavement when we changed from the original Goodyear
Eagles to BF Goodrich. The tires were not directional, and were getting
chewed up in the process. Went to the tire and alignment shop, a guy
that's been doing my car maintenance for twelve years, he put the proper
tires on and set the alignment. No more dancing and problem solved.
berkshire bill wrote:
I just solved my rear jumping around problem that has been with me
since new. The car had been aligned by Ford, shims installed, other
shops aligned it and still it would jump around. Also the left rear
tire wore real bad and was making lots of noise. Car was not quiet,
not fun to drive any more and only had 34k on it. I was running the
original tires at 40lbs pressure and not rotating them.
I went to a local tire shop and talked to them twice and even went out
and talked at length to the alignment guy. He told me, don't worry, I
CAN align that car and you will be rid of the handling issue, trust
Well - to make a long story short I purchased 4 new tires and the
alignment and he was true to his word, my problem is gone, I look
forward to driving the car again, it's quiet, does not jump around and
I am VERY happy with it now. It's a 2001 SE wagon, I would buy
another for sure. I just love the car and I get 35 to 37 on the
highway with it even going 70 mph.
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