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This 2000 ford focus had 2 rear bald tires when i first purchased it. When it rained, the rear end fish tailed violently. When I got new tires in the back, the fish tailing in the rain ceased. But the fishtailing started again now in the winter. What would be making my cars rear **** back in fourth when the tires have no traction?

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More than likely the thrust angle is off
basicly what this means instead of rear tires pointing straight forward it pointing slighly to the left or right
how this got off can be numours a few possiablys are

was in acdient and never fixed right

some part bent in rear this can happen by being towed wrong , jacking in wrong place ,hititing something in road

or could just have worn out parts in rear

your best bet is to take it to a alignment shop and have it checked out
most alignment shops will check it over for free tell you what wrong and how much it cost to fix
then you have option of taking somewhere else , fixing it yourself , or having them do it after the problem is fixed tho you will need to take it back to alignment shop to have it aligned

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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)."

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