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Feature   February 1, 2002   by CARS Magazine

Feature Issue: Focus Rear Wheel Bearings

When working at the rear wheels of 2000 and 2001 Ford Focus models, technicians should be aware of two recalls that affect the wheel bearings in the affected models. Approximately 280,000 2000 and 200...


When working at the rear wheels of 2000 and 2001 Ford Focus models, technicians should be aware of two recalls that affect the wheel bearings in the affected models. Approximately 280,000 2000 and 2001 model Focus vehicles in 31 U.S. states and six provinces are subject to a Ford recall because of damaged rear wheel bearings. Road salt causes surface corrosion on the seals, allowing water and debris into the bearing assembly, leading to failure. No accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of the problem. Another Focus recall affecting the rear corners involves about 260,000 model year 2000 vehicles in North America. Ford has reported 15 incidents of wheel and brake drum assemblies separating from the vehicles due to loosening of the hub-retaining nut. Ford will install a redundant retaining nut assembly on the vehicles.


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