Ford focus the wheel that needs to be adjusted because the alignment seems off and the wheel is tipped in to much. Too much camber?? How can I fix this as inexpensive as possible. steering wheel is not as straight as it should be. HELP Me Car guys... or girls
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"Ford Motor Company told dealers that they may need to replace the rear upper control arms on Ford Focus models. The models include: 2000 through 2004 Focus Sedan, Wagon, ZX3 and ZX5 series.
According to Ford, consumers have been experiencing more than normal wear to the inside of the rear tire(s). Should owners experience such a condition, then they should bring their vehicle in to a Ford or Lincoln Mercury dealership for a possible adjustment. Ford will check the rear camber and, if possible, make an adjustment. If an adjustment to the vehicle's rear camber is necessary beyond the negative end of specification, then the dealership will need to source replacement rear upper control arm(s)."
The Ford Motor Company parts service kit required for this replacement is 3S4Z-1A154-AA. Ford will perform the replacement of parts under provisions of the bumper to bumper warranty under Technical Service Bulletin T31305.
This is considered a "silent recall" where upon Ford may NOT notify owners of this condition. " ( From 2003........)
This no doubt is the likely problem with your car or it could just be in need of a wheel alignment. In any event the previous owner(s) may never had put the car in for the rear suspension modification.
If the fix was undertaken, Ford will have a record of it under your Vehicle Identification Number(VIN).
As the car is out of warranty and given the age(2002 model) I expect you will have to pay for the fix if the problem is the suspension components and not simply the car being in need of a wheel alignment which routinely needs to be done every 12000 miles or so in any event.
check wheel bearing condition and adjustment on the right wheel. Check that the pads and caliper is free on the disc rotor. Check wheel alignment. Check tyre size and tyre pressure . Check for free movement of rear brakes as a dragging rear brake will affect the steering. Check the rear end alignment as an out of align rear axle will affect the front end steering.
1) Mark position of adjustment bolts with white marker, paint or whiteout.
2) Using a piece of string, stretch it between the rear wheels at the back of the wheels, and then again at the front of the wheels. You are trying to ascertain if the wheels are parallel or not.
3) If the wheels are not perfectly parallel, then turn the No.6 adjustment bolts clockwise or anti clockwise, evenly on each side, until the rear wheels are parallel with each other. Then retighten locking nuts on No.6 adjustment bolts.
By the way, this method will only allow you to align the rear wheels up to each other. To align the wheels with the vehicle's body you will require a laser alignment kit, which can only generally be found at a tyre centre or service-repair centre.
2000 Ford Focus DrumRemovalProcedureIf removing the drum to service the rear brakes: (note, do not remove hub retaining nut for this procedure) 1. Raise and support vehicle 2. Release the parking brake 3. Remove wheel and tire 4. Disconnect wheel speed sensor wiring harness from wheel knuckle and floor panel. 5. Remove 4 wheel spindle attaching bolts, then the wheel hub and drum assembly from vehicle. 6. Reverse procedure to install noting the following: a. Torque wheel spindle retaining nut to 49 ft. lbs. b. Torque wheel/tire assembly to 94 ft. lbs. 2000 Ford Focus DrumReplacementProcedureIf replacing the drum and wheel bearing assembly: 1. Raise and support vehicle 2. Release the parking brake 3. Remove wheel and tire 4. Remove center dust cap. 5. Remove hub retaining nut. 6. Remove drum and hub assembly. Ensure wheel speed sensor ring is not damaged when removing drum/hub (if equipped). 7. Reverse procedure to install noting the following: a. Inspect and clean wheel speed sensor ring if equipped. b. When tightening hub retaining nut, rotate the hub assembly in counterclockwise direction. c. Torque hub retaining nut to 173 ft. lbs. d. Torque wheel/tire assembly to 94 ft. lbs. e. Adjust parking brakes as necessary.
If you start messing with it you will make it much worst then it is, what you need to have done is a 4-wheel alignment, at that time they will know if it just needs to be adjusted or if some thing got bent.Hope this was very helpful.
if wheel is offline then the person who done the tracking is responsable and take the car back to them and get them to put it right .the correct way is to adjust each track rod end a little bit not all the adjustment on one track end ,which throws out the wheel alignment .this means that you lose steering lock on one side .THIS IS COWBOY BODGE JOB .If they cant or wont put it right then take it to someone who can and report them to the office of fair trading and make a legal claim for the job to be put right
That is right; the car has no built in adjustment for toe-in of the rear tires when the camber gets really bad. It has an adjustment for camber, and it can be used to adjust toe-in, but when your wheels start leaning badly, you can't do both.