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Today 04:26 PM
Squad-G
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Originally Posted by saintsfins View Post
I've got this problem as well. On non-smooth roads, I hear a slight clicking sound from the passenger seat. If I smack it from the side, I hear the same sound. I THINK it's coming from the right rail, by the rear bolt. I can lift the rail with my hands, and hear a similar sound. No idea how to fix it. I'm going to try to tighten the bolt, which I think is a T50 torx. Need to buy one first. Frustrating.
Could you post a pic of this particular bolt? I may be able to reproduce and check since I have the same problem AND I do have the torx T50 already.
Today 04:08 PM
saintsfins I've got this problem as well. On non-smooth roads, I hear a slight clicking sound from the passenger seat. If I smack it from the side, I hear the same sound. I THINK it's coming from the right rail, by the rear bolt. I can lift the rail with my hands, and hear a similar sound. No idea how to fix it. I'm going to try to tighten the bolt, which I think is a T50 torx. Need to buy one first. Frustrating.
04-19-2016 06:44 PM
peteacher714 Anyone find a solution yet? I took my car to the dealership twice for this issue. This last time the entire seat was removed and the mechanic shimmed necessary components. Once the seat was reinstalled the noise was gone initially, but quickly returned. A new seat track assembly has been ordered. I will have that installed as soon as it comes in and report back results. I really need this fixed because the noise drives me insane!!
01-30-2016 04:18 AM
Thillium
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Originally Posted by Squad-G View Post
This problem appeared in my car last week when it's was -10C outside. The rattle was there until the inside of the car was slightly warmer.

I could hit the seat with my fist and I could hear the rattle...

After touching stuff with my hand (disabling the heat in the car... I had 45 minutes of touching stuff), I found it!

The problem (in my case) was the seat belt clip (in english I don't know the word for this part but it's where your seat belt clip). When cold, the sensor attached at the bottom of this part is vibriting against the seat's plastic AND (very important the and) a bolt under the seat.

Adding foam will not fix your issue 100% because of the stupid bolt (very hard to reach unless you remove the seat and the seat on his side). So what I did to fix it, I added foam to make the sure the part itself can't move (foam on the seat 1/8" and another piece of foam on the part itself, again 1/8"). I also added a tie wrap arround to make sure it's stick well and doesn't move.

It's been 5 days since I fixed this and the problem hasn't come back.

In order to find if this is your problem, drive on a bumpy road. When you hear the rattle, hold the seat belt clip firmly with your hand. If the rattle stop, you got it.
Squad! Funny you mention the seat buckle latch! I was talking to my fiance about it and showed her the stupid rattle and she looked at me and goes you dummy its your seat buckle latch attachment. Just grease it! I did not even think about trying that. And that is also all I have to do. Is give the seat a hit and the rattle happens. It is coming from the vicinity of the seat buckle latch. I'll try holding onto the latch and see if it stops. It definitely sounds like a bolt that is very slightly loose and when the car warms up the metal expands to stop the noise, or the seat adjuster bar. but I find it odd it would only do it on one side and not both since the bar operates both sides. My passenger seat gets use only on the weekends.

I'll investigate sunday, its supposed to be 48F where I am so I can actually go out and look at it for a bit without freezing ;-)
01-30-2016 04:08 AM
Thillium
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Originally Posted by FordService View Post
If you do decide to head to your dealer, Thillium, please let us know. We'll see how to best assist.

Meagan
I'm going to politely say this, but I will NEVER let a ford dealership touch my car ever again, unless it is for replacement of parts that require ford computers to mate the parts to the car. The only reason I have this focus was because I gave the ford dealer I dealt with two options, either I file with my District attorneys office for a lawsuit or they take a huge loss and sell me the car.

So thanks. But no thanks.
01-29-2016 03:22 PM
FordService
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Originally Posted by Thillium View Post
I'm going to bump this thread because my Focus has recently started this problem about two months ago when temperatures dipped down below 30 degrees. It comes from my passenger side seat, left rail area. Usually during bumpy roads but disappears after 15-20 minutes of warming up the interior of the car. Then the noise disappears. It wont do it with a passenger sitting on the chair. I can simulate the noise by pushing the left side of the seat or pulling the head rest towards the driver side. I can also do it when I move the seat all the way forward.

I plan on using an automotive stethoscope to first narrow down the area of the noise then I'm ripping my seat out this weekend to inspect the rails, seat belt connections and the latch mechanism itself. It seems to be coming from either the latch it self or the rail mounting. I did notice the rails were greased but it seems to be worn down now. Anyone rip their seats out yet and inspect the seat itself? (I'm going to disconnect the battery and drain any residual electricity in the car before I start disconnecting the airbag connections in the seat.)

Paying the dealer to investigate this issue is not going to happen UNLESS covered by warranty, my car is at 72K so I doubt that is a possibility.
If you do decide to head to your dealer, Thillium, please let us know. We'll see how to best assist.

Meagan
01-29-2016 02:58 PM
Squad-G
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Originally Posted by Thillium View Post
I'm going to bump this thread because my Focus has recently started this problem about two months ago when temperatures dipped down below 30 degrees. It comes from my passenger side seat, left rail area. Usually during bumpy roads but disappears after 15-20 minutes of warming up the interior of the car. Then the noise disappears. It wont do it with a passenger sitting on the chair. I can simulate the noise by pushing the left side of the seat or pulling the head rest towards the driver side. I can also do it when I move the seat all the way forward.

I plan on using an automotive stethoscope to first narrow down the area of the noise then I'm ripping my seat out this weekend to inspect the rails, seat belt connections and the latch mechanism itself. It seems to be coming from either the latch it self or the rail mounting. I did notice the rails were greased but it seems to be worn down now. Anyone rip their seats out yet and inspect the seat itself? (I'm going to disconnect the battery and drain any residual electricity in the car before I start disconnecting the airbag connections in the seat.)

Paying the dealer to investigate this issue is not going to happen UNLESS covered by warranty, my car is at 72K so I doubt that is a possibility.
This problem appeared in my car last week when it's was -10C outside. The rattle was there until the inside of the car was slightly warmer.

I could hit the seat with my fist and I could hear the rattle...

After touching stuff with my hand (disabling the heat in the car... I had 45 minutes of touching stuff), I found it!

The problem (in my case) was the seat belt clip (in english I don't know the word for this part but it's where your seat belt clip). When cold, the sensor attached at the bottom of this part is vibriting against the seat's plastic AND (very important the and) a bolt under the seat.

Adding foam will not fix your issue 100% because of the stupid bolt (very hard to reach unless you remove the seat and the seat on his side). So what I did to fix it, I added foam to make the sure the part itself can't move (foam on the seat 1/8" and another piece of foam on the part itself, again 1/8"). I also added a tie wrap arround to make sure it's stick well and doesn't move.

It's been 5 days since I fixed this and the problem hasn't come back.

In order to find if this is your problem, drive on a bumpy road. When you hear the rattle, hold the seat belt clip firmly with your hand. If the rattle stop, you got it.
01-29-2016 02:27 AM
Thillium I'm going to bump this thread because my Focus has recently started this problem about two months ago when temperatures dipped down below 30 degrees. It comes from my passenger side seat, left rail area. Usually during bumpy roads but disappears after 15-20 minutes of warming up the interior of the car. Then the noise disappears. It wont do it with a passenger sitting on the chair. I can simulate the noise by pushing the left side of the seat or pulling the head rest towards the driver side. I can also do it when I move the seat all the way forward.

I plan on using an automotive stethoscope to first narrow down the area of the noise then I'm ripping my seat out this weekend to inspect the rails, seat belt connections and the latch mechanism itself. It seems to be coming from either the latch it self or the rail mounting. I did notice the rails were greased but it seems to be worn down now. Anyone rip their seats out yet and inspect the seat itself? (I'm going to disconnect the battery and drain any residual electricity in the car before I start disconnecting the airbag connections in the seat.)

Paying the dealer to investigate this issue is not going to happen UNLESS covered by warranty, my car is at 72K so I doubt that is a possibility.
12-29-2015 10:52 AM
D*2.3 I have a car seat behind my front passenger seat. So that may be why I don't have the issue, but..
The driver-side belt height adjuster on the pillar rattles sometimes. If I put on pressure it goes away. I had the same issue with a MKV VW that I'm glad to be rid of.
12-24-2015 08:31 AM
FordService
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Originally Posted by dra2120 View Post
Did anyone ever find a solution to this? I have the same problem, especially when its cold, my passenger seat rattles like crazy. If i just lay my hand on the seat the rattle stops, but i'm not sure how to permanently apply pressure to the top of the seat.
Hi dra2120,

Have you had a chance to visit your dealer? Please let me know, along with your mileage.

Meagan
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