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08-12-2014 09:23 PM
rangerman1
driver door creaks

I have a 2012 ford focus SEL. Driver door would creak when opened from when bought new. Has 22,000 miles on it now. Dealer replaced door check and problem was still there. They then retorqued the dash and end of problem! I also took care of some the creaks and snaps from the dash.
08-06-2014 12:46 PM
justy
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Originally Posted by axrec1980 View Post
So an awesome dude over at focusst dot org came up with a solution.

Things you'll need:
5/8" driver socket
Driver wrench for said socket
5 minutes

What you need to do is go to the driver's door and open it. In between the door hinges you will see a plastic dust cap, take it off. There you'll see a bolt, use the socket and give it a bit of righty tighty, after that the creak should be gone.

I'm giving this a shot!
08-06-2014 12:43 PM
justy i've got the same thing happening to mine!
08-06-2014 10:09 AM
PratoN
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Originally Posted by roswelltop View Post
No more creaking door courtesy of Ford and my warranty. Less than 22,000 on odometer. In and out of my GREAT Ford dealer in less than 30 minutes, with a brand new door hinge.
Do you guys think that part is covered under the PremiumCARE warranty?
08-06-2014 05:39 AM
roswelltop No more creaking door courtesy of Ford and my warranty. Less than 22,000 on odometer. In and out of my GREAT Ford dealer in less than 30 minutes, with a brand new door hinge.
07-24-2014 07:51 AM
nibyak
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Originally Posted by axrec1980 View Post
So an awesome dude over at focusst dot org came up with a solution.

Things you'll need:
5/8" driver socket
Driver wrench for said socket
5 minutes

What you need to do is go to the driver's door and open it. In between the door hinges you will see a plastic dust cap, take it off. There you'll see a bolt, use the socket and give it a bit of righty tighty, after that the creak should be gone.
My 2012 driver's side door had been creaking for a few months. I saw this yesterday and decided to give it a try. I had to use my smaller ratchet because it's a tight fit between the doorframe and the wire loom. I also used a 15mm socket instead of a 5/8" as the 5/8" slipped when I tried to tighten it. Gave it one quick bump on the ratchet and it creaks no more. Itís the easiest fix ever. Now to see if it lasts.
07-20-2014 03:51 PM
helomech [QUOTE=axrec1980;6485793]So an awesome dude over at focusst dot org came up with a solution.

Things you'll need:
5/8" driver socket
Driver wrench for said socket
5 minutes

What you need to do is go to the driver's door and open it. In between the door hinges you will see a plastic dust cap, take it off. There you'll see a bolt, use the socket and give it a bit of righty tighty, after that the creak should be gone.

I'm not sure about the repair mentioned above^ but my solution is below. It worked well for me, but might want to try other ^ solution first.


The creak comes from the sheet metal below the A-pillar, around the area where the black detent strut/bar/catch 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 catch 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.
07-16-2014 12:06 PM
axrec1980 So an awesome dude over at focusst dot org came up with a solution.

Things you'll need:
5/8" driver socket
Driver wrench for said socket
5 minutes

What you need to do is go to the driver's door and open it. In between the door hinges you will see a plastic dust cap, take it off. There you'll see a bolt, use the socket and give it a bit of righty tighty, after that the creak should be gone.

06-27-2014 08:38 PM
mievil Just had this exact same problem start on my car. Ridiculous. Went to the dealer this AM and was specifically told it was "normal". I can tell you right now that my $10,000 2004 Focus never made this sound even after all the rallycrossing.

If I were to walk up to a $22,000 new car and open the door and it made this sound, I would never buy it. So tired of this car.
03-23-2014 12:23 AM
CunFFS13
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Originally Posted by yifeixli View Post
I have the same problem with my Focus on the driver's door. Anyone find a fix for this yet?
I think FORD must find a fix for this.... Not us!
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