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07-20-2014 06:56 PM
sailor This "trick" from another thread on the problem looks like a good first step to try:http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...3&postcount=36
07-20-2014 02:41 PM
helomech I know this is an old post, but I had the exact same problem and I fixed it myself yesterday.

The creak comes from the sheet metal below the A-pillar, around the area where the black detent strut/bar whatever, is bolted to the sheet metal with the single Torx bolt. The strut itself does not cause the creak, it is actually the door hinges that cause the sheet metal to flex. There is another piece of sheet metal that is tack-welded behind the visible layer, where the black strut is attached.

The two layers of sheet metal are essentially rubbing against each other when the door is opened. The tack welds do a poor job of keeping a snug fit between the layers. I fixed the creaking in my door by doing the following.

Repair time: < one minute

Tools Required: One small rubber mallet/hammer (Do Not Use Metal or large Hammer!!)

Procedure: Identify the tack-welded area behind the black detent strut (where the strut meets the door frame).
Lightly tap small rubber mallet against the metal, approximately one cm above the strut mount bolt. Close and open the door to check for creaking. Repeat process until creaking is gone.

NOTE: Metal behind the strut mount point is extremely ductile (soft). Hitting it with the hammer, even lightly, will cause a small dent in the metal. This is necessary for eliminating the space (that causes the creaking) between the layers of sheet metal. A small dent will remain in the metal, however, the creaking will very likely cease, a fair trade off in my opinion.

Disclaimer: I take no responsibility for the possible outcome or consequences of attempting this procedure. Attempt at your own risk.
01-21-2014 11:33 PM
drsmith30
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Originally Posted by Altis View Post
I did suspect this piece to be the culprit all along, and it's pretty confirmed now. It's a matter of whether or not to have it done.
Altis, did you ever pursue having the fix done?

Anyone else with the problem in this thread have a fix performed?

Thanks!
12-21-2013 12:05 PM
xwhit3devilx Mine has done this since a month after I bought it. Annoying as hell, but not worth my time to bother the dealership about. I'll start caring when the door falls off the car on the freeway
12-21-2013 09:45 AM
drsmith30
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Originally Posted by BetaDnB View Post
Mine has also turned up with this problem. It reminds me of my wife's old 04 Neon. Try a wax based motorcycle chain lubricant. It's only a temporary fix, but should last quite a while.
Various lubrication did not make a difference in the creak. Starting to think it is the door pillar/post flexing where the door check is attached.
12-20-2013 12:44 PM
BetaDnB Mine has also turned up with this problem. It reminds me of my wife's old 04 Neon. Try a wax based motorcycle chain lubricant. It's only a temporary fix, but should last quite a while.
12-20-2013 11:17 AM
drsmith30
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Originally Posted by Altis View Post
I did suspect this piece to be the culprit all along, and it's pretty confirmed now. It's a matter of whether or not to have it done.
Did you ever have the work done? If so, did it resolved the problem?
09-07-2012 04:07 AM
GhiaFan Ford Canada has finally come out of the closet and is now conversing with their customers on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/FordCanada And Ford Canada is really, actually replying to their customers who have issues with getting their vehicles serviced properly.

Much better then calling the help line IMO
09-06-2012 07:26 PM
elwood125 My car has the same issue... after we replaced the door check and the noise was still there, tech found out the same things you guys have. No clue what the right thing to have done is.
09-06-2012 06:04 PM
Altis I did suspect this piece to be the culprit all along, and it's pretty confirmed now. It's a matter of whether or not to have it done.
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