Bought a new 03 -Focus ZX5
When I drive it a highway speed (100 to 110 K/hr) it always wants to go a
Took it in to service and complained............ they put it on a
and spent some time making adjustments ................ but did not correct
The mechanic told me that "The Focus does not have an adjustment for that
Thoughts anyone ??
We're deep into the holiday gift-giving season, as you can tell from
I went through this with all of my front wheel drive cars.
My Focus drifts to the right only when I really accelerate hard and
more so at low speed acceleration, then steers straight when leveled
off. In fact my focus is my first front wheel drive car that does not
wander to one side or the other while cruising.
First thing I'd do is switch the wheels - left front & right front.
If anything changes, it was the tire(s). If nothing changes and the
alignment was not bogus, that points to your front wheel dirve system
On my other FWD cars, I under inflated one tire slightly and ovr
inflated the other, leaving both within specs. but up to 10psi
I know, I know, I know, this is supposedly "VERY DANGEROUS", but I
find it less dangerous than drifting into oncomming traffic or off the
road or worse, off a mountain !
Did this on my '87 Shadow for years and once got out of a 180 deg.
spinout just fine on the Eisenhower Expy. after another ciizen
decided to break the laws of physics that dictate "no two objects can
occupy the same point in space". I just applied the same instincts
that I use in snow and came out of it no prob. No metal was
Scared the hell out of my two boys though. After we calmed down and
changed our undies (not really) they said they thought it was "COOL".
Later that year I introduced them to "douhnuts" in the snow with our
old mini pickup in an empty parking lot. Sadly, only rear wheel drive
vehicles do proper doughnuts.
The mechanic is correct, most front wheel drive cars just have
a toe adjustment. (in or out) If you cross switch the front tires
that will probably fix the problem, because this problem is usually
caused by a tire.
The mechanic is not correct. Both track rod ends can be adjusted to
compensate for incorrect tracking. It may be a tyre causing the problem
but this would be unlikely if both front tyres are the same make and
worn to the same extent.
Of course on the Focus you can adjust the alignment on all four wheels.
A buckled wheel or damaged lower arm would also cause this problem.
The camber and caster is set at the factory, and can only
be changed by installing after market kits. This site shows
where they go, and what they look like.
As I stated the "rack rods" are adjustable to change the toe,
while centering the steering wheel.
I'm perfectly aware of how the steering system works and what
adjustments are possible but you stated that the mechanic was correct in
his assertion that you can't carry out adjustment to correct a pull to
one side. In fact the mechanic was incorrect because the track rod ends
are adjusted to achieve this.
DUDE THIS MECHANIC IS VERY WRONG! every car has a camber ,caster, toe
adjusment. The only two things that will make a car pull is CASTER or TOE
being way off. CAMBER will not make a car pull it will just chop the tires
very badly.i would suspect that the CASTER is way off. Now the next thing i
need to know is does the car drift to the left or pull to the left?What i
would do if i were you is take the car back and make the tech put the car
back on the alignment rack and ask to see him set the car up and look at
the specs of the car on the rack and then have him show you what the specs
for the car is supposed to be , and compare the two. SOME TECHS OUT THERE
THINK A ALIGNMENT IS SET THE TOE AND GO AND THEY DONT WANT TO TAKE THE TIME
AND SET CAMBER CASTER AND TOE THE RIGHT WAY. also take a look at the
included angle of the car this is the center line.This will tell you if the
car is bent or if there is a bent component i hope this helps
SENIOR MASTER FORD TECH 23 YEARS AND PROUD OF IT!
The dealer is right that he can only change the toe-in, which is not going to
help your problem.
But places that repair accident damage, many body shops, truck garages, and any
place that has frame straightening equipment can easily take care of this.
Every time you nudge a curb or even hit a speed bump to fast, you are changing
the unibody alignment.
Ford should have built in the means of changing camber and caster that third
party companies sell, but anything that can be changed one way, can be changed
They basically chain hydraulic rams to different parts of the car, and restretch
it back to the right orientation, while carefully checking alignment as they
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