Maybe get a 4 wheel alignment,
and the rear tires won't wear, as for the valves tapping. That was covered
under the three yeae/36,000 mile warranty. Why didn't you bring it back?
The valve cover, I have the same engine, I reused the same original gasket
for the first two remanufactured heads, no leak, for the third, then fourth
head that I made fit from a 2.0 I used a Fel-Pro. As for wheel bearings:
Read above: "Wheel alignment.
Unaligned wheels put a lot of lateral stress on wheel bearings. For the
tapping, I bet if you would have changed your oil regularly, you wouldn't
have developed the tapping.
The Focus has the filter in the same place as the 2.2 that's in the
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