rusted rear alignment '04 focus - options?

Asked by Jun 14, 2015 at 06:26 AM about the 2004 Ford Focus SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Dealer told me rear alignment too rusted to do. Said car would probably last a few years. I wonder if there are reasonable fixes?

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I'm sure whatever rust you do you have it can be repaired. Do you plan on keeping the car many years to come. Might be worth fixing then. There was a TSB about replacing a rear control arm for alignment issues back in the day when your car was under warranty, might be the same thing?....http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/wheels-tires/4765-2000- 2004- ford-focus-rear-tire-wear.html...

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Many thanks! I hoped you would say that!! I had at first just 'accepted' that the life of my car was now limited. And yes, I would love to keep it! I noticed that an undercoating place in NH speaks of a 'restoration' package that eliminated 85-95% of rust for $500 and up. I wonder about doing this, as I probably have other rust too, as another poster mentioned? So can they remove the alignment part and put in a new one? Any general idea what that might cost? I do let my Ford dealer do my work. I'm not sure how this got by them.

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Undercoating is a waste of money if you ask me, even on a new car. The cars today are coated at the factory. But if your rust is already there, it's too late. Have a body shop look it over for you, the rusted metal needs to be removed and replaced with new. If it truly is the arm they can replace it. Might be on your dime though. Get a second opinion from a local garage, to make sure the dealer isn't pulling your leg. Good Luck.

ahh, Tom so very glad I asked further! I bought the car used, goodness, 10 years ago. and any warranty was long ago done. I was just sort of hoping that there was some new chemical stuff that could fix cars like they fix chairs on TV. I don’t know what part or parts are rusted. I had the sense that maybe they couldn’t even get at the alignment area.. I am going to call tomorrow to get better info, and to mention that I am sad that they didn’t see it earlier, in time. I had counted on them. again, many many thanks!!

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