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#1 focuser

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 06:40 PM

Hi guys,

ive only just recently signed up to this, but im after some advice on my ford focus which recently span out in birmingham city centre and my front drivers side wheel took all the impact into a high kerb square on to the alloy wheel, i had the car laser aligned but im still having issues keeping the car straight, the wheel luckily is not bent so im guessing its got to be a steering rack/track rod end problem, if anyone knows of any places around brum where im not likely to get ripped off and get to the issue diagnosed straight away then itl be much appreciated. many thanks mark.

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 07:32 PM

Hi guys,

ive only just recently signed up to this, but im after some advice on my ford focus which recently span out in birmingham city centre and my front drivers side wheel took all the impact into a high kerb square on to the alloy wheel, i had the car laser aligned but im still having issues keeping the car straight, the wheel luckily is not bent so im guessing its got to be a steering rack/track rod end problem, if anyone knows of any places around brum where im not likely to get ripped off and get to the issue diagnosed straight away then itl be much appreciated. many thanks mark.


the wheel could be buckled very easy to do with just a pot hole so have that wheel balanced and see what they say problem with these types of hit is its not easy to diagnose the strut could be bent by a few mm and wont be noticeable to the eye if the track rods are straight and theres no play on the balljoint then ide look at a buckled alloy then the actual strut itself im assuming its pulling right? how badly does it stray do you have to turn the steering wheel in one direction to stay straight

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 07:37 PM

the wheel could be buckled very easy to do with just a pot hole so have that wheel balanced and see what they say problem with these types of hit is its not easy to diagnose the strut could be bent by a few mm and wont be noticeable to the eye if the track rods are straight and theres no play on the balljoint then ide look at a buckled alloy then the actual strut itself im assuming its pulling right? how badly does it stray do you have to turn the steering wheel in one direction to stay straight


Hi mate, yeh it slightly pulls left and right to be honest but to keep the car straight im holding the steering wheel slightly to the left but adjusting every now and then to keep it straight il defo get that tyre checked then, i need a decent set for the back they were the reason i span out round a bend and backend came straight round so il get them to check the balance on that front wheel.

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 07:41 PM

Hi mate, yeh it slightly pulls left and right to be honest but to keep the car straight im holding the steering wheel slightly to the left but adjusting every now and then to keep it straight il defo get that tyre checked then, i need a decent set for the back they were the reason i span out round a bend and backend came straight round so il get them to check the balance on that front wheel.


its a simple cheap place to start ill gaurantee its buckled if it is ide have it balanced as best thay can then swap it to the rear and have one of the rears put to the front and see how that goes if youre still getting a pull its time to inspect the strut

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 08:06 PM

its a simple cheap place to start ill gaurantee its buckled if it is ide have it balanced as best thay can then swap it to the rear and have one of the rears put to the front and see how that goes if youre still getting a pull its time to inspect the strut



Yeah thats true mate, much appreciated for the advice and will try swaping the bits over failing that il get it inspected like you said..thanks again.


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