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03-14-2015 07:46 PM
Mazdamike0831
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Originally Posted by Arco-Zakus View Post
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... I've already brought it in 2 times for the same issue and they just grease the shaft...really wish they'd have a better fix for it by now.....
Maybe they do but are not willing to do it without some encouragement. Ask them whether replacing the struts, bearings, and springs with the ones for a 2014 would fix it. I still have not heard anything certain about this, but have also seen no reports from owners of 2014s with this problem.
Thanks 8ve mentioned ed it before...they stat ford will not authorize it.. blah blah blah... they have replaced my clutch packs 2 times hassle free so it's not like the dealership doesn't try... but the service manager did hand me a catalog with the ford racing handling pack in it... if all else fails I'll go with that... until then music just alittle louder lol
03-14-2015 07:42 PM
Arco-Zakus
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Originally Posted by Mazdamike0831 View Post
... I've already brought it in 2 times for the same issue and they just grease the shaft...really wish they'd have a better fix for it by now.....
Maybe they do but are not willing to do it without some encouragement. Ask them whether replacing the struts, bearings, and springs with the ones for a 2014 would fix it. I still have not heard anything certain about this, but have also seen no reports from owners of 2014s with this problem.
03-14-2015 10:15 AM
Mazdamike0831 Well after another 8,000 miles my slow speed clunk is back... 19,000 miles on the car now... I've already brought it in 2 times for the same issue and they just grease the shaft...really wish they'd have a better fix for it by now.....
03-14-2015 09:23 AM
sanford12 The stabilizer link for the anti sway bar can make the same clunking sound as a strut. I had one go out on a Ford 500. It was 20,000 miles before I figured it out. Easy to check and if bad fix.
02-28-2015 10:43 PM
nyuk98gt
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Originally Posted by wavsine View Post
The fix for the bump stop clunk was originally discovered because it was noticed that simply unloading the suspension temporarily alleviated the clunk. A FocusFanatics forum member (Dysan911) discovered the fix by injecting grease. It was Dysan911 (not Ford) who figured this out. Ford later came out with his fix as an official TSB (Currently# 13-12-9)
wavsine:

10-4! I am obliged to "Dysan911" for his fix - it has worked on our '13 SE. The purpose of my post was just a tip to "chili_red" about getting the bumpstops down. But, from his reply it sounds like unloading the suspension does not always mean that the stops come down easily. Makes me wonder why mine were easy to budge but chili's are not.

Thanks for the clarification/credit given to Dysan!

Chris
02-28-2015 11:28 AM
wavsine
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chili_red:

Sounds like you got enough grease in the bumpstop but, for future reference, may I suggest that you raise the side of the car up so that the suspension is unloaded (i.e.--the wheel is hanging). This opens the spring a little more and you may find it a lot easier to pull the bumpstop down. With the suspension unloaded, the b/s softly clicks back into place, too.
The fix for the bump stop clunk was originally discovered because it was noticed that simply unloading the suspension temporarily alleviated the clunk. A FocusFanatics forum member (Dysan911) discovered the fix by injecting grease. It was Dysan911 (not Ford) who figured this out. Ford later came out with his fix as an official TSB (Currently# 13-12-9)

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02-28-2015 11:19 AM
chili_red
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chili_red:

Sounds like you got enough grease in the bumpstop but, for future reference, may I suggest that you raise the side of the car up so that the suspension is unloaded (i.e.--the wheel is hanging). This opens the spring a little more and you may find it a lot easier to pull the bumpstop down. With the suspension unloaded, the b/s softly clicks back into place, too.

HTH,

Chris
Chris, I did jack up the car and remove the tire so there wouldn't be a load on the suspension, there was no way to get in there with the 18" rims still on.

The bumpstop on both sides was literally impossible to get to move down, the dust boot was really easy to get lowered, it was really easy to get a nozzle in from the bottom of the bumpstop though, I got a good oz or so of grease in each one.
So far still no noise, and was really an easy fix, very happy with the lack of suspension noise now.
02-27-2015 08:40 PM
nyuk98gt
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Originally Posted by chili_red View Post
Here's a link to the TSB Ford put out for the problem, the PDF has a picture of what to look for.
http://www.focusst.org/forum/attachm...sb13-12-09.pdf
I couldn't get the bump stop to pull down like they show in the picture, so I attached an applicator tip from a tube of silicone to the tube of Super Lube and was able to push if up far enough from the bottom of the bump stop to inject a good amount of grease.
chili_red:

Sounds like you got enough grease in the bumpstop but, for future reference, may I suggest that you raise the side of the car up so that the suspension is unloaded (i.e.--the wheel is hanging). This opens the spring a little more and you may find it a lot easier to pull the bumpstop down. With the suspension unloaded, the b/s softly clicks back into place, too.

HTH,

Chris
02-16-2015 06:35 PM
Squad-G I just want to add my two cents. I had a weird noise coming from the front since a year or so. It did happen only when the car is warm yet not too much nor too cold. It did happen on snow or extremely imperfect road.

After almost 10 hours of work spread over a year, the chief tech found out after a road test with me it was probably not suspension related (and also all TSBs done). Bottom line, it was the resonator who was not thight enough. The noise is gone now, I hope it'll stay that way. I'll report in few months.
02-13-2015 11:21 PM
chili_red Here's a link to the TSB Ford put out for the problem, the PDF has a picture of what to look for.
http://www.focusst.org/forum/attachm...sb13-12-09.pdf
I couldn't get the bump stop to pull down like they show in the picture, so I attached an applicator tip from a tube of silicone to the tube of Super Lube and was able to push if up far enough from the bottom of the bump stop to inject a good amount of grease.
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