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03-15-2016 02:24 PM
Squad-G
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Originally Posted by PratoN View Post
Now that it's getting warmer, I’m going to be tackling this repair in a few weeks!

If I’m replacing the LCA for the clunk, should I replace the strut bearing too since it’s the original 2012 design prone to clunking?

BUT... if I’m taking the strut apart to replace the plastic bearing piece, should I just replace the entire strut considering I’m over 140k miles? There’s nothing wrong with them, but a lot of people on here recommend replacing them often even though it’s kind of against my mantra to replace something that's not broken.
If I were you, I'd replace them. I had the driver side replaced under warranty and the passenger side was done at the same I did my lower control arm because it was broken. My car has only 56 000 KM which is ~35 000 Miles.

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Originally Posted by lifespeed View Post
I had to replace my lower control arms on my 2012 Ti at 45K miles! Bushings were completely broken. Pretty sad for that age and miles.
Tell me about it. I have 56 000 KM which is ~35 000 Miles. I've never seen bushing so destroyed AND young... What suprise me is the manager and the mechanic was acting like it was normal after ~4 years. I hope that I won't have to replace them again in 4 years.
03-15-2016 02:00 PM
lifespeed
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Originally Posted by Squad-G View Post
I have a 2013 Titanium, Job 1 (built September 2012).

During my 3 years warranty, I went 3-4 times for suspension. All they did was greasing the strut like they say to do in the TSB.

The problem came back in February of this year. I greased the struts again but the problem didn't go away.

Two weeks ago, the tech suggested to change both front lower control arm. Well, it did indeed solve the problem. The sound it made was the same as the TSB. But different parts.
I had to replace my lower control arms on my 2012 Ti at 45K miles! Bushings were completely broken. Pretty sad for that age and miles.
03-15-2016 12:29 PM
PratoN Just checked - even the OEM struts/coils are pretty cheap. I haven't decided if I'll keep the Ti Handling package or go touring this time around.
03-15-2016 11:26 AM
Uptcv1
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Originally Posted by PratoN View Post
Now that it's getting warmer, Iím going to be tackling this repair in a few weeks!

If Iím replacing the LCA for the clunk, should I replace the strut bearing too since itís the original 2012 design prone to clunking?

BUT... if Iím taking the strut apart to replace the plastic bearing piece, should I just replace the entire strut considering Iím over 140k miles? Thereís nothing wrong with them, but a lot of people on here recommend replacing them often even though itís kind of against my mantra to replace something that's not broken.
At 140k miles they should need replacement.. especially if you DIY might as well change them all

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03-15-2016 11:11 AM
PratoN
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Originally Posted by Squad-G View Post
Two weeks ago, the tech suggested to change both front lower control arm. Well, it did indeed solve the problem.
Now that it's getting warmer, Iím going to be tackling this repair in a few weeks!

If Iím replacing the LCA for the clunk, should I replace the strut bearing too since itís the original 2012 design prone to clunking?

BUT... if Iím taking the strut apart to replace the plastic bearing piece, should I just replace the entire strut considering Iím over 140k miles? Thereís nothing wrong with them, but a lot of people on here recommend replacing them often even though itís kind of against my mantra to replace something that's not broken.
03-14-2016 10:31 PM
Slicknick I just noticed this noise on my 12. Over a rough road with the windows down is the only way to hear it.
03-14-2016 08:12 PM
Squad-G I have a 2013 Titanium, Job 1 (built September 2012).

During my 3 years warranty, I went 3-4 times for suspension. All they did was greasing the strut like they say to do in the TSB.

The problem came back in February of this year. I greased the struts again but the problem didn't go away.

Two weeks ago, the tech suggested to change both front lower control arm. Well, it did indeed solve the problem. The sound it made was the same as the TSB. But different parts.
03-14-2016 01:34 AM
Arco-Zakus
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Originally Posted by BassMasterCHS View Post
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Originally Posted by Arco-Zakus View Post
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.
I have a 2014 Ford Focus Titanium built in late September that has this noise!
Did you ever find what was causing the noise in yours?

I'm selfishly hoping it was caused by some unique defect in your car rather than something common to all 2014s built at particular time.
11-14-2015 11:21 AM
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 10:34 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
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