Mechanics

SQUEAK IN FRONT END GOING OVER BUMPS, UNEVE

2004 Ford Focus

Tires and Wheels problem
2004 Ford Focus Front Wheel Drive Automatic 110000 miles

When I go over speed bumps, other bumps like on a side road, the squeak sounds to be coming from the front end.

I am also experiencing uneven tirewear where the inside of the front tires is wearing much quicker than the outside.

What could be the cause of the noise and is it likely to be a cause or result of the improper alignment?
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Vilita
April 21, 2009.



Hi
Sounds like worn struts. The noise is common to struts and worn struts can effect wheel canber thus wearing inside of tire.
Have struts ever been replaced?
Let me know
Thanks for donate

Docfixit
Apr 21, 2009.
I'm not sure that they have been replaced but I assume not. I am waiting to hear back from the former owners (had this car about a year bought it with about 80,000 on it.

I attached images of the left front:


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/158606_lftire_1.jpg


and right front:


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/158606_rftire_1.jpg


tires respectively (i hope)

Is there a way i can check the strut myself?

Tiny
Vilita
Apr 21, 2009.
Check strut with bounce test push down on front fender should have lots of resistence. Bounce 4-5 times stop car should stop imediately.
Tires have definate camber wear pattern. Other source of noise ball joints or lower control arm bushings.
Take to a Goodyear tire center have it checked out.
Let me know what they suggest and will advise

Docfixit
Apr 21, 2009.