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Old 12-01-2012, 06:50 AM   #171
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You're not having any trust in the Fix you did? You say it will come back, but we still don't know if it will. Did you locktite the Bolts for the strut mount? I love the Car and don't want to try to trade it in, I just want it fixed and I hope your Fix does the job. If it doens't we can all go for a Class Action Lawsuit against Ford, and maybe then, they will wake the F'k up and get with the program.
Considering every time I've attempted a fix, the noise has eventually returned... yeah, I don't have much faith in things at this point.

I'm just waiting to see what happens.

It all sucks, really; I had plans for an exhaust, stiffer rear sway bar, and other things, but I'm refusing to buy another part for this car until I know I've solved this issue. As I've said before, if I can't take care of the problem this time, I'm done with the damn car.
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:53 AM   #172
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Ugh.... That's all I have to say... I might not buy a new vehicle again, this is my first experience with this and it hasn't been fun. Or enjoyable.
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:09 PM   #173
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So Zillon, the survey doesn't support the heavier reinforcing plates as a fix? If it did I would think Ford would get off the hook for a reasonably priced TSB update. If not, that just lends credence to something like Blaze's theory with no cost effective fix at hand.
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:56 PM   #174
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Holy crap. This has come a long way. Let's hope it doesn't clunk and is the fix!
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Old 12-02-2012, 01:01 AM   #175
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So Zillon, the survey doesn't support the heavier reinforcing plates as a fix? If it did I would think Ford would get off the hook for a reasonably priced TSB update. If not, that just lends credence to something like Blaze's theory with no cost effective fix at hand.
For the most part it does, but there are couple people with the plates and the clunk, and a couple without the plates and no clunk.

However, the majority of the people who answered the survey and have the clunk, don't have the plates. Tomorrow evening, if I get a chance, I'll sit down and cull through the data I've collected and present it into something legible.

Here's the last data breakdown I did, though, on 11/15, just to give you an idea:
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Alright, here's the daily breakdown of survey results.

48 entries thus far.
29 of 48 claim to have clunking issues.

Of those 29:
28 do not have the reinforcement plates on the strut brace.
1 has the reinforcement plates.

Of those 29, here's the breakdown by trim:
- 3 SE
- 11 SE w/Sport
- 3 SEL
- 3 SEL w/Premium
- 1 ST
- 4 Titanium
- 4 Titanium w/Handling

Of the 29 that said yes to the clunk, breakdown by year:
- 27 are 2012s
- 2 are 2013s. These two also lack the additional reinforcement plates on the strut tower brace. One is a 2013 Titanium, produced 8/8/12, the other is a 2013 ST, produced 8/14/12

Of the 48 entrants, 38 lack the reinforcement plates on the strut tower brace. The remaining 10 have them.

Of these 10 that have the plates, 4 are 2012 Foci, produced in the first half of 2011.
- 1 of 4 has the clunk. The other 3 do not.
- #1 is a SEL/Premium, produced 3/11, no clunk
- #2 is a SEL/Premium, produced 5/18/11, no clunk
- #3 is a Titanium/Handling, produced 5/24/11, no clunk
- #4 is a SE, produced 3/28/11, does clunk

Of the 19 who said no to the clunk:
- 11 are 2012s, 8 are 2013s
- 9 have the reinforcement plates, and 10 do not

Breakdown of 10 without reinforcement plates and no clunk by year, trim:
- 1 2013 SE
- 2 2012 SE/Sport
- 1 2013 SE/Sport
- 1 2012 SEL/Premium
- 4 2012 Titanium
- 1 2012 Titanium/Handling

Breakdown of 9 with reinforcement plates and no clunk by year, trim:
- 1 2013 SE
- 2 2013 SE/Sport
- 2 2012 SEL/Premium
- 2 2013 ST
- 1 2012 Titanium/Handling
- 1 2013 Titanium/Handling

Looking at the date range for the reinforcement plates:
- 4 2012 Foci have them. All 4 were produced ON OR PRIOR TO 5/24/11
- 6 2013 Foci have them. All 4 were produced ON OR AFTER 8/27/12
- 34 2012 Foci do NOT have them. All were produced between 4/5/11 and 6/28/12
- 4 2013 Foci do NOT have them. All were produced ON or PRIOR TO 8/14/12
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:17 PM   #176
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Just a thought

Is the clunk noise in front a North American problem only or does it happen with builds in say China etc. ?
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Old 12-02-2012, 03:37 PM   #177
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No reports in Europe on the clunk.
In Russia there have been alot of reports on a knock in the steering rack, and also booming suspension over rough roads at low speeds. The Focus club is huge in Russia, and through data collecting from the club, they reported to Ford Russia and Ford Russia responded by inviting the forum members to a meeting. Now Ford Russia is working together with the Focus members and service departments to work on solutions.
I must say I am very impressed with the response from Ford Russia to work face to face with owners.

Can you imagine such an action from Ford North America. It ain't going to happen I'd say.

Checking the VINs reported to Ford Russia, it appears the 1.6 Ti-VCT models have bad steering racks and the 2.0l (same as USA engine) has the suspension clunk.
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Old 12-02-2012, 04:19 PM   #178
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No reports in Europe on the clunk.
In Russia there have been alot of reports on a knock in the steering rack, and also booming suspension over rough roads at low speeds. The Focus club is huge in Russia, and through data collecting from the club, they reported to Ford Russia and Ford Russia responded by inviting the forum members to a meeting. Now Ford Russia is working together with the Focus members and service departments to work on solutions.
I must say I am very impressed with the response from Ford Russia to work face to face with owners.

Can you imagine such an action from Ford North America. It ain't going to happen I'd say.

Checking the VINs reported to Ford Russia, it appears the 1.6 Ti-VCT models have bad steering racks and the 2.0l (same as USA engine) has the suspension clunk.
While i realise that Ford is a regional corporation, it is, at the same time, an international one.. One would hope that if Ford Russia is responsible and attentive and responsive enough to its customers that the head office in Dearborn would take notice and do the same for n. american customers....
If they don't it speaks volumes negatively about Ford as a corporation.
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:43 PM   #179
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Bad news, folks. Clunk is back, no different than before. Ambient temps rose to 52F today, and the clunk returned right on time.

I'll be back, going to go find a bridge to jump off of.

On a more serious note, though: Has anyone checked to see if their subframe bolts are tight? It's just about the only thing I haven't checked or replaced, aside from the endlinks.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:16 PM   #180
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