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02-07-2013 07:42 AM
03FocusZX3 Or a heat shield. Them things are bad about rattling later in the years

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02-07-2013 07:41 AM
03FocusZX3 Check the bolts on the water pump, mine vibrated off awhile back except for one and caused a horrible rattling sound. Maybe this helps :-P

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02-04-2013 09:38 PM
drummer829
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You live in a climate where it can get hot-I don't suggest eliminating the shield. As I recall the nuts that hold the shield on are (I think) only 8mm. a cheepo box end and your in business. As for the dealer helping for no charge, it is very unlikely but it wont hurt to ask.
Ok thanks. It sucks because I don't have a jack or anything anymore. Hopefully the dealership will help me out. So do you guys think that rattling could be coming from the heat shield? It sounds like its in the engine bay but could the sound be reflecting off the pipes which makes it seem like its coming from the engine?
02-04-2013 08:53 PM
VillageT You live in a climate where it can get hot-I don't suggest eliminating the shield. As I recall the nuts that hold the shield on are (I think) only 8mm. a cheepo box end and your in business. As for the dealer helping for no charge, it is very unlikely but it wont hurt to ask.
02-04-2013 06:47 PM
drummer829
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Yup- its called an exhaust heat shield. You can reinstall it by using fender washers (small hole-large OD) instead of the factory ones where the thing is supposed to attach. If you can safely get under the car you can fix it for about $5. You can get the washers from any good parts store or an ACO.
SO i need to get my oil changed and having just moved I have no tools other than a few phillips and a flat head screw driver. Do I really need that exhaust heat shield, or can i just pull it out. Also, if I bring into ford for an oil change, do you think they will do anything to help me out
02-03-2013 03:00 PM
coldbear
Cat converter heat shield?

Yep, I'd say it was the heat shielding falling down. As stated earlier, get some body washers and some 1/8" rivets and go to town with it. My shielding started to fall down and sounded,also felt like, a $5.00 lap dance with a 40# Northern Pike.lol.
02-03-2013 02:20 PM
VillageT Yup- its called an exhaust heat shield. You can reinstall it by using fender washers (small hole-large OD) instead of the factory ones where the thing is supposed to attach. If you can safely get under the car you can fix it for about $5. You can get the washers from any good parts store or an ACO.
02-02-2013 10:49 PM
sleepyboy Moved to Technical Chat
02-02-2013 10:38 PM
drummer829 I also looked under my car and noticed like some metal thing hanging down. Looks like its some protective piece or something. Maybe this is causing the sound? Its more torwards the middle of the car underneath it
02-02-2013 03:52 PM
drummer829
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The noise seems to be responding to loading from the engine rocking in the mounts however I had a similar noise in my 2005 that drove me nuts for about 20K miles. I was sure it was coming from the right rear but it turned out to be the front swaybar links.

They are plastic and they are crap! If you haven't replaced those disconnect one side and check for a loose ball end. As one of the other responders noted do not use a standard replacement. Mine are Moog, they have grease fittings and work fine. I am sure the ones the other person recommended are good also.
ok thanks. so do you think those are the mounts or the front swaybar links. Also is it bad that I drive on it? I mean I dont have the money right now to fix it, but I dont want to continue to drive on it if it will make things worse or a bigger problem in the future
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