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#1 Maff

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 10:19 AM

Hi!

My 2001 Focus 1.6i has started making a noise which gets louder when turning right (not necessarily big turns, just changing motorway lanes does it too). It is also slightly there when driving straight, and the car wants to pull very slightly left.

- There is no vibration through the steering wheel.
- The tracking has been done fairly recently and the tyres are fairly new and balanced.
- There is very slight wear to inner edge right (offside) front wheel.
- Stays straight when braking.
- Noise increases with speed (at 60 it sounds a bit like a washing machine slowing from its spin cycle)
- Both wheels have very slight play side to side (9-3)
- The left (nearside) wheel has slight play up and down (12-6) - not particularly visible but I can feel it moving

Any ideas as to what this might be?

Thank you!

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#2 oilburner79

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:04 AM

I'm thinking wheel bearing or CV joint

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:13 AM

Agreed, on your left wheel (which gets loaded with weight as you turn right)

Also : excellent information on the symptoms! :-)

#4 Maff

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 10:19 PM

Cheers guys! Thought as much from reading other posts but usually the information supplied was a bit vague so thought I'd try and get as much detail down as poss. Will check em out tomorrow (yet another christmas eve job!).


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