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11-14-2015 12:21 PM
TEXANOW Hello Ryan
If this is the area your clunking noise is coming from, you might remove the rear subframe bolts where you might find evidence on the bolts themselves that they have been contacting the bushings themselves. the bushings do have metal on the inside diameter, so the bolt contacting the bushing would be metal to metal leaving a mark on the bolt. Mine did show evidence of contact. MY noise began with a "creaking" sound on acceleration, which I believe was the rubber of the bushing rubbing against the body. My noise advanced to the clunking noise made on acceleration and deceleration. Movement of the subframe could be felt when the clunking noise was heard. I used a mechanics stethoscope with modified tubes long enough to attach the stethoscope to the area of the rear attach bolt and bushing and listen from the drivers seat as I accelerated and stopped abruptly duplicating the noise in my ear. The noise could be coming from either or both of the rear mounts. Hope this helps. Let me know if I can be of any further help. Larry
11-14-2015 11:34 AM
CountP
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Originally Posted by TEXANOW View Post
Hey fellas I positively fixed the Clunk noise in my Focus, although it was a real pain to fix. I removed the front subframe and replaced the bushings in the subframe. The bushings have rubber rings on both sides, when the rubber gets a little worn, or hard it allows the subframe to move back and forth contacting the subrame attaching bolts and causing a "clunk" sound. the bushing inside diameter is quite a big larger than the bolt diameter going through the bushing. I found some plastic tubing to line the bolts with to effectively stop the clunking should the subframe ever get to the point where it moves again. I do have a way to "shortcut" fix the problem, if anyone is interested, I will pass on the info. If your "clunk" is related to the movement of the subframe, this should fix it. I do have all the torque values for reinstalling the subframe if needed. thanks.
I would be interested in more details.
Is there a way to tell if this is the problem?
Thanks
Ryan
11-14-2015 11:08 AM
TEXANOW Hey fellas I positively fixed the Clunk noise in my Focus, although it was a real pain to fix. I removed the front subframe and replaced the bushings in the subframe. The bushings have rubber rings on both sides, when the rubber gets a little worn, or hard it allows the subframe to move back and forth contacting the subrame attaching bolts and causing a "clunk" sound. the bushing inside diameter is quite a big larger than the bolt diameter going through the bushing. I found some plastic tubing to line the bolts with to effectively stop the clunking should the subframe ever get to the point where it moves again. I do have a way to "shortcut" fix the problem, if anyone is interested, I will pass on the info. If your "clunk" is related to the movement of the subframe, this should fix it. I do have all the torque values for reinstalling the subframe if needed. thanks.
10-20-2015 10:52 AM
TEXANOW Hey Zillow, looks like you spent a lot of time researching the "CLUNK" problem on our focus rides. Mine is a 2/12 build on a titanium hatchback with the "CLUNK" on deceleration, which you can feel when it occurs, and a clunk or creaking on acceleration. Did you finally find the fix? I have spent my life rebuilding and restoring cars, and some time turning wrenches on aircraft as I am also an A&P aircraft mechanic, but I gotta tell you this one has got me stumped. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!! Larry
09-18-2015 11:34 AM
Uptcv1
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I've been having the clunk noise in the front of my 2012 focus for a few months, getting a bit worse over time. It's most noticeable over speedbumps, and sometimes when turning right.

I took it in today, and they confirmed the presence of the noise and said it was the strut. They said they'd have to lube all the moving parts for something like $160, and if that doesn't fix it, they would have to replace parts and that would be covered under warranty.

I have a Premium Care warranty on this car that has not expired. Has anyone else had to pay this cost for lubing the struts?
160? Under warranty?
Sounds like youre being lubed..
09-17-2015 06:49 PM
cj15917
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Originally Posted by FordService View Post
Hi bkosborne,

I'm here to help. Send over a PM with your full name, phone number, VIN, up-to-date mileage, and servicing dealership; I'll loop in your regional customer service manager.



Hi cj15917,

I've updated your case notes to reflect the latest here. Have you brought your vehicle into the dealership after speaking with your CSM via email?

Todd
No Todd I didn't. I explained to her that it is a 120 mile round trip to my dealer and I was in there 3 days before emailing them for shuddering and grinding. Right now the car is fine. Which is the problem. I have to wait until it screws up again. I asked about a good faith buyback and they reviewed my case. Apparently 3 clutch packs , dozen plus resets and updates, suspension issues and a horn no longer working in the first year and a half of ownership isn't enough because it was denied. It is what it is. Next time around I won't be so quick to shop with the blue oval.
09-17-2015 06:44 PM
FordService
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Originally Posted by bkosborne View Post
I have a Premium Care warranty on this car that has not expired. Has anyone else had to pay this cost for lubing the struts?
Hi bkosborne,

I'm here to help. Send over a PM with your full name, phone number, VIN, up-to-date mileage, and servicing dealership; I'll loop in your regional customer service manager.

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Originally Posted by cj15917 View Post
Wish it was that easy. I've even had the problem escalated and the rep called and basically said its up to the shop if they wanna do it. If everyone says no because you're outta warranty then tough excrement :/
Hi cj15917,

I've updated your case notes to reflect the latest here. Have you brought your vehicle into the dealership after speaking with your CSM via email?

Todd
09-17-2015 06:29 PM
cardoc1 Time to see a lawyer about the Lemon Law
09-17-2015 05:03 PM
cj15917
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If you had a problem fixed under warranty and it comes back. You are still covered because the repair didn't fix the problem.
Wish it was that easy. I've even had the problem escalated and the rep called and basically said its up to the shop if they wanna do it. If everyone says no because you're outta warranty then tough excrement :/
09-17-2015 04:55 PM
cardoc1 If you had a problem fixed under warranty and it comes back. You are still covered because the repair didn't fix the problem.
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