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07-31-2014 07:05 PM
Brento
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Originally Posted by Brento View Post
My 2012 sel hatchback has developed this symptom at about 28,000 miles. Taking it to the dealer this week.
Dealer identified the problem as stabilizer links. Problem solved. NOT! seemed better at first -- but still have the nagging problem at slow speed over poor pavement. Most annoying. took back to dealer and local shop -- found nothing... going back to dealer again in a few weeks.
07-28-2014 09:50 PM
CunFFS13 Try to go to an independent suspension shop, like those shops that do alignment, ask them about the noise that you're hearing
07-28-2014 08:42 PM
TooOld I'll add my $USD 0.0002 worth. I recently had what sounds like the precise sound being explained by the OP on a Ford Escort some time after I changed front strut assemblies.

It sounded identical to a front sway bar that has lost its bushings and was clanking against the bushing caps/retainers unabated.

However, in my case it was the single strut nut at the top of the strut where the strut seats against the strut mount (not where the strut connects to the "shock tower / frame). When the struts were changed and out of the car, I had a heck of a time torquing that nut without the strut piston just spinning in the strut. So I pretty much left it figuring where's it going? The weight of the car on the strut mount, and the strut connected to the steering knuckle, I figured no big deal.

I learned, the loud way, it's a big deal.

Have those strut nuts checked for correct torque. Good luck.
07-28-2014 06:45 PM
Brento
Clunk it's

My 2012 sel hatchback has developed this symptom at about 28,000 miles. Taking it to the dealer this week.
06-07-2013 09:08 AM
racerdan
Me too

I've had my SEL for 1 year, (9500 miles). I took in for the first time for noisy front end
at 950 miles. They said drive it and it should go away. It hasn't. It's been in 4 times and had numerous things done. The first few tries made it worse. The mechanic finally got it back to PITA.

Now they tell me Ford is working on a solution and for me to wait until they call me. I think the plan is to make me give up.

Does anyone know of a Ford Co. number to call and complain? Maybe enough complaints will give them motivation.

I have to say that I love the car, it's my 3rd Focus. My dealership has been great. My only other problem has been that bitchy woman in the MyFordTouch. But this may be my last Focus and maybe my last Ford.
09-06-2012 04:10 PM
HornedFrog05 Check out this thread...

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...ferrerid=97892
07-24-2012 12:20 PM
swartzbud
It works

I have had this rattle since new. Tried it today by putting a rag under coolant recovery tank. The rattle is completly gone. I thought for sure it was a bad strut. Thanks for your post you probably saved me numerous trips to the dealer to find this rattle. Ford needs to come out with a more permanent fix.
04-19-2012 12:04 PM
Gizmobiaritz Hello,

My clanking definately comes from the suspension. It is metal on metal and it is loud. It is also suspension specific, it feels and sounds that way.

Thank you.
04-19-2012 11:43 AM
MKorn
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Originally Posted by allyy View Post
On the right side of the car under the hood is the radiator overfill bottle it is mounted very flimsey you could rattle it just by hitting it with your hand.
Try this . Get a spong and wedge it in between the bottle nd the AC line that runs under it. This woll hod it without movement.Drive it again under the same condition that make the noise and see if it went away. if it went away then you no what is causing it.
Thanks ... i will give that a try.
04-19-2012 11:34 AM
allyy On the right side of the car under the hood is the radiator overfill bottle it is mounted very flimsey you could rattle it just by hitting it with your hand.
Try this . Get a spong and wedge it in between the bottle nd the AC line that runs under it. This woll hod it without movement.Drive it again under the same condition that make the noise and see if it went away. if it went away then you no what is causing it.
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