Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Ellicott City MD
01 Focus: Alignment soon, what to ask??
Greetings - I had $1300 of work done to the front suspension on my Focus in the Spring of 09. This was to correct creaking / popping in the front end when cornering & going over bumps. As that problem was getting worse and worse, my alignment & tire noise was going up and up.
After the $1,300 in work, I thought, "great, my tires will be back to normal now.." This wasn't the case. My tires are still noisy, and pretty much roar at ~50Mph. Significant wear on inside edge of front tires. Also, steeringwheel is off-center. While going down a straight, flat road, the car wil run off the RH side of the road unless my hands are on the wheel. Lastly, when I'm stopping in front of a red light (2-3Mph), and something causes me to jam on my brakes, the wheel will want to pull out of my hand to the RH side about 1/4 turn almost. NOTE: Car does not pull to either side when braking at high speeds, so it shouldn't be the brakes causing this issue.. I bet the front tires will need to be replaced before they'll attempt an alignment, they're worn so much...
Question: What points can I bring to the attention of the mechanic when I take the FOcus in for a 4-wheel alignment?