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Member Since 24 Apr 2008
Offline Last Active Aug 20 2014 07:48 PM

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In Topic: Ford Focus Mk2 Steering Wheel Vibration

20 August 2014 - 08:46 AM

I started driving on Minis and the inner joints on those were rubber cruciform types. They were clamped in using U-bolts and if not properly aligned would cause the shaft to run out of true. This had two effects : firstly they would be out of balance, although as they were relatively light weight this didn't cause much of a problem. The other effect was that it cased the wheel rotation to be very slightly uneven which reflected through the steering as a wobble. This was noticeable at low speed more than high. The joints were always troublesome because they got oily, the rubber swelled and they started knocking on the transmission casing.


Modern shafts use the tripod joints with needle roller bearings and don't, as far as I know, suffer from misalignment but as you seem to have eliminated wheels and tyres as the source of the problem I just thought it would be worth checking to see if the shafts are running true or, worst case, bent. The only way I know of is to jack up and turn the wheels whilst looking at the shafts.

In Topic: 2004 Focus Estate Dial Problem

17 August 2014 - 03:07 PM

That wouldn't affect the rev counter, would it Clive? Besides, if the needles bounce around at start-up, i.e. before the car starts moving, surely it can't be the vss?


If the lights and/or auxiliaries are dimming/slowing that suggests a problem with the electrics, possibly alternator.

In Topic: Ford Focus Mk2 Steering Wheel Vibration

17 August 2014 - 02:53 PM

Assuming you've checked for distorted wheels I'd have thought the next place to look would be the driveshafts and their joints. As the vibration is noticeable from such a low speed I'd check for the shafts running out of true and have a close look at the inner tripod joints.

In Topic: Revs Hunting 2000-2500

08 August 2014 - 04:02 PM

Hi Steven,

Although you say you've changed plugs, leads and coil packs I feel that it's interesting that, having a wasted-spark system, cylinders 2 and 3 will be sharing a coil and I wonder if this might be significant or just coincidental.

In Topic: Re Attaching Rear Door Weather Seal

31 July 2014 - 09:29 AM

I would use an impact adhesive such as Evo Stik.