Brought my Ford Focus in for tire service due to unusual tire wear at
32,000 miles. Got tires warranteed for 60K. I replaced standard
205-R50/16 tires that came with care with Bridgestones of the same size.
When tires were removed, tech noticed wear on the inside of the tire
due to interference , apparently, with the rear suspension. The tech
also owned a 2002 Focus which displayed similar issues with tires. Any
expereince out there in solving the problem? Is it mis-alignment of
tires, improper design, and placement of the strut, wobble of the tire,
a loose strut or something else.
Car has been mostly problem free for the last year (since pruchsed new)
except for sqeaky brakes in the wet, and a coming dealer visit for a
non-operational Cruise Control. Looking for some leads I can follow to
identify this problem quickly. Do not want the wear problem repeated
with the new tires.
I checked around the tires in the resting state and did not fell any
obvious interference problems. There appeas to be about 1 1/2 inches
clearance at the point of strut contact to the axel and wheel. At the
top, there appears to be about 3/4 of an inch from the edge of the tire
to the edge of the shielded strut. Do things move around down there
that would cause contact when a car is turning?