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#1 Leemaxd

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 05:32 PM

Hello all new here and new to the focus, had plenty of fords in my time though.
Wonder if anyone can help, I have got a focus zetec s 09 plate with the 18 inch wheels on, the thing i love the car but I have one problem that is I get a very small steering wheel shake a various speeds, I have had the balencing and the tracking done also had one wheel replaced due to buckleing.
I took another zetec s out the other day and it done the same, someone told me it's the combination of the 18 inch wheels and the sports suspension is this true also the tyres on the front I have noticed are pretty rubbish, I have yokohamas on the back and nexens (cheapos) on the front.
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Posted 26 July 2010 - 05:38 PM

Hello all new here and new to the focus, had plenty of fords in my time though.
Wonder if anyone can help, I have got a focus zetec s 09 plate with the 18 inch wheels on, the thing i love the car but I have one problem that is I get a very small steering wheel shake a various speeds, I have had the balencing and the tracking done also had one wheel replaced due to buckleing.
I took another zetec s out the other day and it done the same, someone told me it's the combination of the 18 inch wheels and the sports suspension is this true also the tyres on the front I have noticed are pretty rubbish, I have yokohamas on the back and nexens (cheapos) on the front.
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the stiffer suspension can and often does give a very very small vibration but not much if the wheels are balanced and at the correct pressures and the trckings done no other wheels are buckled and the suspension has no damage then you are left with looking at driveshafts etc etc etc the lx cl etc dont do it only seems rto be the zetecs so its likely the wheels with the stiffer set up are the cause

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 05:44 PM

Thanks for the reply, yea gonna just have to get used to it, it's nothing realy just very slight, and as I said the other one I drove done the same, totally love the car though so just gonna put it down to the stiff set up and enjoy life with the car.

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 05:58 PM

Mine used to vibrate quite a lot, Had the tracking done now it doesn't vibrate at all.

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 06:08 PM

I have bad experience with tracking, had kwik fit do it twice and they could not get the steering wheel straight so put it in at ford the steering wheel is nice and straight now so don't wanna risk having it done and the steering wheel ending up not straight again, as I said it only very slight vibration.

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 08:42 PM

I have bad experience with tracking, had kwik fit do it twice and they could not get the steering wheel straight so put it in at ford the steering wheel is nice and straight now so don't wanna risk having it done and the steering wheel ending up not straight again, as I said it only very slight vibration.


doesnt take much to slightly buckle an alloy potholes for one will do it even just a slight buckle can be felt

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 10:07 PM

doesnt take much to slightly buckle an alloy potholes for one will do it even just a slight buckle can be felt




Hi, I dont know if its the same thing but there is a vibration through my car that I seem to feel more than any passengers. The steering doesnt shake its just a vibration , Maybe its me being paranoid as I'm new to the focus only had it a few weeks, And there are plenty of potholes where I live I have avoided them but I have also managed to catch a couple.
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Posted 26 July 2010 - 11:40 PM

It's just a side affect of your tyres and suspension. Either return to stock or get used to it :lol:

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 06:16 AM

Yea totally love the car and the looks so well prepared to put up with it, the suspension is the firmest I have ever had in a car.

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 06:48 AM

Yea totally love the car and the looks so well prepared to put up with it, the suspension is the firmest I have ever had in a car.


vibration through the car is usually rear wheels out of balance or buckled slightly tracking should be 4 wheel alignment for the focus just doing the front 2 rarely works

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 07:09 AM

One of my back wheels has not got any weights on it should it have?
The passengers don't feel the shaking though it's just slight on the steering wheel.

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 11:48 AM

vibration through the car is usually rear wheels out of balance or buckled slightly tracking should be 4 wheel alignment for the focus just doing the front 2 rarely works



Ok thanks I will take it in for tracking on a four wheel alignment and see if it improves.
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Posted 27 July 2010 - 11:55 AM

One of my back wheels has not got any weights on it should it have?
The passengers don't feel the shaking though it's just slight on the steering wheel.


Not necessarily. Wheel balancing is extremely individual to the wheel. That one might not have needed it. Or, maybe it is in fact balanced, but the weights are not on the wheel rim (i loathe this with a passion) but on the inside of the wheel "drum"

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 12:01 PM

[quote name='hawker' date='27 July 2010 - 11:55 AM' timestamp='1280231103' post='90173']
Not necessarily. Wheel balancing is extremely individual to the wheel. That one might not have needed it. Or, maybe it is in fact balanced, but the weights are not on the wheel rim (i loathe this with a passion) but on the inside of the wheel "drum"
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ok cheers

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 06:30 PM

Hi, I've had my car checked by my usual mechanic and it turned out that the vibration running through my car was my brakes apparantly the discs were almost touching the metal and the pads were worn ,my car is alot smoother now,
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