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Old 11-26-2007, 02:54 PM
 
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Dear Friends:

I've got a 2002 Ford Focus with about 41K miles on it. However, it was a rebuilt wreck from Florida. For the purchase price, the car was a bargain - - but now I am starting to wonder if it was rebuilt with old parts?

When starting cold, the car growls in any gear - - even neutral. However, after it is parked (hot) for awhile... then running again, it is quiet. Got any ideas on this one?

And what are the typical smyptoms of failed CV joints?

I would graciously appreciate any suggestions.

THANK YOU !
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Old 11-26-2007, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Northern Nevada
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I had a Honda Civic with bad CV joints a long time ago (~20 yrs). With that car, the symptom was a loud clicking sound during slow-speed sharp turns (parking, etc.).
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Old 11-26-2007, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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CV joint failure is almost always a result of a torn CV boot which allows the lubricant to leak out. That would be the first thing to check. If the boot is torn, it's probably time to replace the joint. In fact, it's often cheaper to simply replace the entire axle.
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Old 11-26-2007, 04:17 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Doesn't sound like a bad CV joint to me.
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Old 11-26-2007, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Doesn't sound like a bad CV joint to me.
I think he's saying that the CV problem (if it is a problem) is in addition to the other symptoms he was describing.
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Old 11-26-2007, 05:01 PM
miu
 
Location: MA/NH
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What kind of transmission does your Focus have? Maybe the tranny fluid is low or dirty. A flush and refill may be in order. Or the syncros inside the tranny are worn. With Hondas and Acuras with synchro wear, we toss in a bottle of GM Synchromesh then the balance oem Honda MTF.

Also, when you say "a cold start" what outside temperatures are we talking about? The car just having sat overnight or cold as in the outside temps being in the 30's? What state do you live in?
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Old 11-26-2007, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Loud even in N? Is it a manual? Mabye the throwout bearing or pilot bearing.
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Old 11-27-2007, 02:00 PM
 
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Default Thank You For All Of Your Responses And....

... Let's see if I can do some clarification. Our Ford Focus 2002 has a Zetec four cycinder engine that includes an automatic transmission with the over drive gear.

Since I am not too familiar with car mechnical situations and problems, I can't go further about the transmission.

We live near Chicago and during the summer months there is no growling. However, in temps. around 30 degrees - - and after sitting for over night - - then the car growls even after it has warmed up. However, after it sits in an outdoor shopping mall, etc. for about one half hour during our mall visit, then the car is quiet like it used to be.

A friend once told me that with his failed CV joints, the car actually locked up and wouldn't drive. So I am a little hyped up about what he said - - and every time something fails, then I first think about the CV joints.

Other things that I have thought about also include perhaps a bad water pump(?). But the anti-freeze temp. still seems normal.

The car has about 41K miles on it, but it was a rebuilt car from Florida and maybe all the rebuilt parts were already worn out(?).

Carter Glass
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Old 11-27-2007, 04:00 PM
miu
 
Location: MA/NH
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It takes a while for a transmission to warm up in the cold weather. The only way it warms up is through the radiant heat of the engine. The temperature gauge on your dash has nothing to do with your transmission fluid temperature. There is no anti freeze/coolant lines running through your transmission.
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Old 10-04-2010, 06:21 PM
 
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If you have agrowling in cold weather , check the rack and pinion steering gear
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