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Old 03-22-2013, 02:38 PM   #2181
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:51 PM   #2182
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So Redo, how about some brief background on your situation - it might help others landing on this site. Build date of vehicle, mileage when you began to notice the noise and all that kind of stuff..


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...and...

Silence is loud. Not a single peep from the front end. No metal to metal clink, clunk, clank. No rubbing noise, no squeak.... nothing.

The replaced parts were the Lower Control Arms. The control arms themselves, as the Tech stated, were in "perfect condition," but the bushings were making all the noise...all of it.

It's beautiful, man.

If you try out Dysan's method and it's still doing that, you just may do well to have them look into that...particularly if you're in a very dry climate. I'm wondering if it is possible (or a good idea) to form some sort of dust boot around the large bushings since it is so dry and dusty here and prevent that. Something tells me the excessive heat we had here this summer played a role.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:56 AM   #2183
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When I was looking for my noise. I thought the big bushing on the lower control arm could be a source of the noise. I know there was someone recent that said after applying my fix he still had the noise return. I think that was Lipshurt.. The really only way to test this is to disconnect the lower control arm from the strut/spindle area and then once it's free you should be able to wiggle it around and should hear no noises. If you do then bingo bad bushing.

Congrats Redo.. I think this is the first time iv'e heard of that Ford has associated the lower control arm bushing with the clunk noise. Maybe others that have more than the noisy bump stop now have one other confirmed possibility to have looked at.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:11 PM   #2184
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Need some info on the TSB parts. I know the TSB springs are revised, but what about the strut bearings and nut/bolts? Anyone knows if the TSB related bearings were also revised? The TSB changes all these components but not sure if only springs are different..
Really hope someone has some info here -thanks!
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:29 PM   #2185
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I finished...I managed to read through all 219 pages! Lol Anyways, I have a 2013 Ford Focus SE hatchback 5 speed. First noticed the chattering front suspension at 2,000 miles one morning while turning out of my complex for work. It seems to go away once I speed up above 20mph and after a few minutes of driving. Also, usually occurs when turning on broken pavement. Yesterday I went to the dealer for 5 problems with the car. They denied all of them and claimed they could not find any problems. For the sake of this thread I won't go into each one. However regarding the front suspension, they stated the techs called the Ford hotline and were informed that this is a normal characteristic for all 2012-2013 Ford Focus'
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:34 PM   #2186
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The clunk is back ... ugh :(
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:34 PM   #2187
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I turned my frustration into , Meh! It works wonders, lots of warranty left.
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:50 AM   #2188
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I finished...I managed to read through all 219 pages! Lol Anyways, I have a 2013 Ford Focus SE hatchback 5 speed. First noticed the chattering front suspension at 2,000 miles one morning while turning out of my complex for work. It seems to go away once I speed up above 20mph and after a few minutes of driving. Also, usually occurs when turning on broken pavement. Yesterday I went to the dealer for 5 problems with the car. They denied all of them and claimed they could not find any problems. For the sake of this thread I won't go into each one. However regarding the front suspension, they stated the techs called the Ford hotline and were informed that this is a normal characteristic for all 2012-2013 Ford Focus'
From having read, in the past couple months, thousands of posts, I'd say:

1. Go to a different dealer, try again, and be more persistent. Offer to take the mech for a drive and show him the problems.

2. Come here and get help. There are Service specialists from Ford here that will get Zone Service Managers involved.

3. Stick to your guns. Fire for effect.
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:35 PM   #2189
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The clunk is back ... ugh :(
So here's what you had done back then:

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...postcount=1243

Seems to me if there is anything to be learned from digesting this thread and/or living this Focus (noise) nightmare is that wholesale replacement of suspension parts are not in any way a proven remedy - if the noise originates from the bump-stop.

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Old 03-29-2013, 07:58 PM   #2190
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...they stated the techs called the Ford hotline and were informed that this is a normal characteristic for all 2012-2013 Ford Focus'
I wouldn't believe it. If that were the case, they would be failing the efforts everyone who designed all the other parts of the car and it would be disgraceful. I certainly wouldn't have bought one if the one I drove around for 3 days with over 12,000 miles on it made all that racket up front. They also wouldn't have worked to correct the noise on mine. When someone at a dealership service shop tells you something along the lines of, "They all do that", they're just simply not interested in the time and cost necessary to fix the problem and want you to go away. Find another service center. You don't want people like that ()working on your car...ever.

With that being said, mine is still quiet. It's actually quieter than I remember it being when I bought it new, but that's because it was rickety for so long that I forgot what it was like when it was new. It sure was making an awful lot of noise that I didn't even notice until it was gone.
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