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Old 01-28-2013, 08:25 PM   #1961
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Bad idea in my opinion. It will just eventually get torn up contacting the edges of cup.



They're all made out of microcellular polyurethane these days and that stuff can absorb a lot of energy. Small cars don't have much wheel travel. Bump stops come into play more often than you might think.
replace with aftermarket or upgraded ones:

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/fm...70-a/overview/

just measure inner diameter and outer diameter, you should be able to find a lot.
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:18 AM   #1962
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT9Gw...ature=youtu.be

Let me know if you have any problems with the video.

So, once I discovered this item making this noise, I had my son do the exact same thing you see me doing in the video and I got inside the car. OMG its the EXACT same PITA noise I've been hearing all along. I took some universal packing grease and packed that upper foam piece as best I could. I also locked the lower black dust boot into place and zip tied it tight so it couldn't pop up and creak.

I put about 150lbs in the front seat and went to a parking lot of a nearby closed Food lion and went over several speed bumps, Braking over some really rough pot holes with the wheel turned. There's a place in my development that I can ALWAYS get to make the noise. GONE!. I came home and unloaded the weight. I had my son sit in the front seat and we went back to the same course. It always makes that same noise with him and this time. NOT even a hint of it.

I don't know if this is exactly the same sound others have had but it was really easy get too.

Also. I did tighten up the pinch bolt on the Strut where it connects to the spindle part. It wasn't as tight as I thought it could be so I was able to get that a little bit better.

I"ll keep a close ear for if it creeps back or not. That little part thats making all the noise. You can easily pry it out and down if really wanted to get rid of it. I don't know what function it really serves.

Hope this helps!.

This is the video that led me to check that area of the strut.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se7pC9_LY3g

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In your video, the yellow foam stopper sounded sort of hollow when you manipulate it. You stated is was 10x louder inside the car - does it sound as "hollow" from inside the car or more like a solid impact noise, when you son was messing with it - pre-fix - that is?
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:41 AM   #1963
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In your video, the yellow foam stopper sounded sort of hollow when you manipulate it. You stated is was 10x louder inside the car - does it sound as "hollow" from inside the car or more like a solid impact noise, when you son was messing with it - pre-fix - that is?

Yes. I believe when the black plastic boot is snapped into place its alters the sound even more like an echo chamber. I was convinced by the noise even before I discovered this bump stop that there was a bad bushing or some physical part that was loose and rattling when the suspension compressed. The sound can really play tricks on your ear when your inside the car.

If your having any sort of sound like that it can't hurt to check into it. Luckily its very easy to get too and requires no major dis-assembly. Just jack up that side and remove the wheel.

So far so good for me. Still no noise yet.
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:22 PM   #1964
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Does anyone know if there has been a TSB issued for the strut noise? I was looking but didn't find anything.
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Yes. I believe when the black plastic boot is snapped into place its alters the sound even more like an echo chamber. I was convinced by the noise even before I discovered this bump stop that there was a bad bushing or some physical part that was loose and rattling when the suspension compressed. The sound can really play tricks on your ear when your inside the car.

If your having any sort of sound like that it can't hurt to check into it. Luckily its very easy to get too and requires no major dis-assembly. Just jack up that side and remove the wheel.

So far so good for me. Still no noise yet.
Good to hear it is still holding up. *fingers crossed*

What would be valuable now is if Cory can check with the engineering team at Ford to see if what he has said "...is being investigated" relates to these simple components and/or if dealerships have been alerted to this area.

One other thing I'll add as a personal observation; what Zillon went through extensively, in hindsight, was obviously pretty contentious because his car had been altered. Those types of circumstances really complicate the bigger picture. If this "noise" ends up being solved for a vast majority of owners by what you have found Dysan, it will certainly be a testament to what Ford is capable of addressing internally ...or ignoring as the case may be... considering the scope of the complaints.
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Before I discovered this fix. I logged a formal complaint with Ford and they called me back today and told me that Engineers are aware of this problem and are nearing completion of a TSB. With that said, I have my doubts because she could not really give me any time frame whatsoever and I'm sure many on this thread will attest to the fact that a lot of us have been told this for well over a year now.

I tried to pry a little and ask if I should just call my Service dept and ask if a TSB has been released yet for this issue on a monthly basis or would I be notified. Also, if she could tell me what they call this issue around the office on her side of the phone. She said they refer to it as just a front end clunk or front suspension noise.

Perhaps Cory can confirm that as well.

So in the meantime,. Try lubricating that foam bump stop if your having the same noise until you hear of a real TSB for this problem. A little dab of bearing grease in the bump stop is all it took to cure my noise and I honestly didn't put as much as could in there. So I didn't pack it or anything. I was going to try and see if I can find some sort of automotive syringe to squirt a little more grease evenly all around the bump stop (inside of it) but again.. I believe the the bearing grease (comes in a can) is way thicker and going to last way longer than white lithium. Time will tell. I have other options if the noise comes back. :)
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So you pushed a little dab up from the bottom?


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Before I discovered this fix. I logged a formal complaint with Ford and they called me back today and told me that Engineers are aware of this problem and are nearing completion of a TSB. With that said, I have my doubts because she could not really give me any time frame whatsoever and I'm sure many on this thread will attest to the fact that a lot of us have been told this for well over a year now.

I tried to pry a little and ask if I should just call my Service dept and ask if a TSB has been released yet for this issue on a monthly basis or would I be notified. Also, if she could tell me what they call this issue around the office on her side of the phone. She said they refer to it as just a front end clunk or front suspension noise.

Perhaps Cory can confirm that as well.

So in the meantime,. Try lubricating that foam bump stop if your having the same noise until you hear of a real TSB for this problem. A little dab of bearing grease in the bump stop is all it took to cure my noise and I honestly didn't put as much as could in there. So I didn't pack it or anything. I was going to try and see if I can find some sort of automotive syringe to squirt a little more grease evenly all around the bump stop (inside of it) but again.. I believe the the bearing grease (comes in a can) is way thicker and going to last way longer than white lithium. Time will tell. I have other options if the noise comes back. :)
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So you pushed a little dab up from the bottom?
Yep. Then massaged the bump stop to work it all around in there.
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Before I discovered this fix. I logged a formal complaint with Ford and they called me back today and told me that Engineers are aware of this problem and are nearing completion of a TSB. With that said, I have my doubts because she could not really give me any time frame whatsoever and I'm sure many on this thread will attest to the fact that a lot of us have been told this for well over a year now.

I tried to pry a little and ask if I should just call my Service dept and ask if a TSB has been released yet for this issue on a monthly basis or would I be notified. Also, if she could tell me what they call this issue around the office on her side of the phone. She said they refer to it as just a front end clunk or front suspension noise.

Perhaps Cory can confirm that as well.

So in the meantime,. Try lubricating that foam bump stop if your having the same noise until you hear of a real TSB for this problem. A little dab of bearing grease in the bump stop is all it took to cure my noise and I honestly didn't put as much as could in there. So I didn't pack it or anything. I was going to try and see if I can find some sort of automotive syringe to squirt a little more grease evenly all around the bump stop (inside of it) but again.. I believe the the bearing grease (comes in a can) is way thicker and going to last way longer than white lithium. Time will tell. I have other options if the noise comes back. :)
Was it Lynn from Ford executive office who called you back? She is trully useless..
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Was it Lynn from Ford executive office who called you back? She is trully useless..
No, the lady I spoke with who was handling my case was Tracey. Seemed very nice.
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