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#1 Roy

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 04:32 PM

I've had my 97 Ford Fiesta for 2 months now.
I bought it because i've always like Ford.
She is a brilliant little car and starts first time everytime.
My issue is this:
When i first got her, she started to shake at anything over 40mph.
Doing anything over 60 was near impossible.
So i went to my local breakers yard and bought 4 wheels with tyres fitted.
The wheels that were on the car initially had some dents in the rims.
I fitted the tyres but the shaking was still there.
I went to my local mechanic and he looked the car over and advised that my bushes were really worn and the wishbone was on it's way out so i asked him to replace the parts.
Now...the car seems to be a little better.
It only shakes at 50mph and seems to level itself out at 60mph.
It shakes when going into a left hand bend at around 50 then levels itself out again.
The car runs in a straight line with no pull over to either the left or the right.
The balance on the wheels seems ok.
However, i don't feel confident enough to take it on the motorway.
Taking a passenger in is very embarassing.
You get to your destination feeling like you've done a workout.!!!
I've been told to change the wheels front to back cross ways.
But that shake should have gone if i've replaced the wishbone and bushes and changed the wheels.?
The wheels are standard ford and not alloys.
Has anyone else has similar problems.?, and if so, how was it rectified.
Please e mail me at: roymart1n@msn.com
I will be extremely grateful for the answer to my problem.
Thx.

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#2 Grilled

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 11:58 PM

I've had similar problems in the past with my cars, I'll just list what caused them.

- Something wrong with the rear wheel, eventually the tyre blew out and after it was replaced it was fine.
- Tracking was way off
- Wheel balancing incorrect
- Bent wheel
- Rubbers on wishbone(s) worn
- Wishbones bent
- Brakes Warped
- Steering rack loose

If you've a friend who's a mechanic I suggest you try and get him to have a look, as it'll save you a few bob and at least you know he won't be trying to make you part with your money like most garages.

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 09:38 AM

I've had similar problems in the past with my cars, I'll just list what caused them.

- Something wrong with the rear wheel, eventually the tyre blew out and after it was replaced it was fine.
- Tracking was way off
- Wheel balancing incorrect
- Bent wheel
- Rubbers on wishbone(s) worn
- Wishbones bent
- Brakes Warped
- Steering rack loose

If you've a friend who's a mechanic I suggest you try and get him to have a look, as it'll save you a few bob and at least you know he won't be trying to make you part with your money like most garages.


Thanks 4 that.
Could the tracking be out even if the car is running in a straight line when i let go of the steering wheel.?
Just seems odd that the shake only happens at 50 then stops at 60.
I'll ask my local garage to check.
Cheers.
The other thing they mentioned was the drive shaft.
I reckon it would shake at any speed if that was the case eh.?

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 06:42 PM

Sorted now in a sense.
It was my fault,
I put 2 of the original wheels back on the car 2 weeks ago.
Now i've put the other 2 wheels back on the front, the steering is lighter and the shaking aint half as bad.
Looks like a simple tracking and balance job.


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