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Old 02-13-2009, 06:09 PM   #1
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Attention 08/09' Owners

I took my car back to the dealer less than a month after I bought it and pointed out the damage to the paint I was noticing on the rocker panel. I was told there was nothing they can do.

Well they can't give you that answer anymore. This is from Ford's Technical Service Bulletin #09-3-6 published on 2/9/09

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Some 2008-2009 Focus vehicles may experience paint damage or road abrasion on the rocker panel and on the side of the vehicle located slightly ahead of the rear tires on both 2 door and 4 door models. This has been reported in geographical areas that commonly experience snow and ice conditions and use various forms of traction enhancers.

NOTE: PER THE WARRANTY AND POLICY MANUAL, PAINT DAMAGE CAUSED BY CONDITIONS SUCH AS CHIPS, SCRATCHES, DENTS, DINGS, ROAD SALT, STONE CHIPS OR OTHER ACTS OF NATURE, ARE NOT COVERED UNDER THE NEW VEHICLE LIMITED WARRANTY. HOWEVER, PAINT ABRASION AT THE DOG LEG AREA CAUSED DUE TO THE ABOVE CIRCUMSTANCES IS A UNIQUE CONDITION ON THE FOCUS AND, AS A RESULT, REPAIRS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR BASIC WARRANTY COVERAGE.

Basically what they are supposed to do is repaint the damaged area and then cover it with clear-bra like material to prevent future damage.

I'd be there today, but I just installed side skirts which cover the damaged area and I have ordered "clear-bra" material to cover the area in question on my new skirts.

Look at the paint down low just in front of the rear fender well and I'll bet you see the damage that's occurring. Get it fixed now and get it fixed for free.


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Strange.....since this has never been a problem on earlier years, does this condition imply Ford has cheapened their paint formula? And what about the rest of the paint somewhere down the line.......
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This must be a fairly new TSB cause i didnt see it listed when I printed all the other ones out a month or so ago

oh snap just saw the date my bad
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Old 02-13-2009, 06:33 PM   #4
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I don't think it's due to a cheapened paint formula. I think it's due to the new design on the 08/09 and some where down the line they failed to notice the amount of crap the front wheels are throwing back there. I put some splash guards up front and that seemed to help but still didn't stop it all.
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I *think* I know what area you are talking about but can you take a picture and circle it?

I haven't actually looked at it yet though, but I've seen dark spots on the corners next to the wheel. I wash my car like 2-3+ times a week anyways so I never bothered checking yet.

I do notice something about the paint else where, maybe cheapened paint who knows. I already have a few paint chips up front from pebbles and sand. I dunno but I don't notice that on my mom's car maybe I'm on the highway more than her. Who knows.
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Sure, here check the area circled in red. (mine has a skirt covering the damage and I'm going to put some "clear-bra" material on the skirt so it doesn't get damaged)

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hmm I guess I'll have to take a peek tomorrow morning
I was actually more concerned with this part
so it's only the rear side?



so that's what the clear stuff is. My friend and I noticed some sort of clear adhesive on his Scion xD and its on that same area, we were confused about what it was but just walked away before we hurt ourselves trying to figure out what it was haha
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I haven't had a problem behind the wheel, it's in front of the rear wheel and I assume it's because of the stuff the front wheels are throwing back there.
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How the heck does the front wheel manage to throw something to hit something that far back and nothing else in between?
I get stuff sprayed all over area right behind my front wheels though Sometimes it goes as high as the top my my window
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Good question, but I can't figure where else it would be coming from.
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