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How To Diagnose Strut/strut Mount Failure ?

17 March 2013 - 06:54 PM

I was wondering what do front/rear strut mount failure sounds like on a Focus ? 

Coming from a VOLVO, they sound like plastic clanks, kinda like running a metal bar over steel gates. Wheel of fortune noise...


Also when tracking the wheels with a Hunter unit, should the technician straighten the wheel and adjust with the car on ? Or can he just center the wheel with car off and adjust ?

Tried to track once.... Car no longer pulls left, but the wheel is still off, even though he centered the wheel and locked it.

Why could that be ? Are they idiots ? 


The tires, by the way, are new.


Car is a 03' Focus 1.6 ZETEC HATCHBACK.

Just purchased the other day, can't believe I have not tried this car before. 

Simply WOW. It could do with nicer seats... But the engine and steering is EXCELLENT ! Much better than my S40 Turbo.

Mk1 Focus Hatchback Or 04~ Impreza ?

02 March 2013 - 12:28 PM

Hey guys ! New here... Hopefully if this thread goes well I'm here to stay :)


my Volvo S40 broke down and I'm looking for a reliable car, without a turbo, automatic transmission, and cheap repairs. 
I like how with the FOCUS you can buy replacement parts at the supermarket ! Parts are all over the place, aftermarket and OEM. And pretty cheap.
Impreza is just much nicer inside... But from what I remember that boxer engine with the 1.6 105hp is an epic fail ?

My question is.... What are very known faults to the Focus Hatchback MK1 ? (02-04 is what im aiming at) ? Would you take one over the Impreza.
Back in the Volvo club forum evey second S40 owner had a faulty heater panel and VVT valve....Was wondering if there's any repeated faults going on with the MK1 Focus.

Thanks !