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Old 10-13-2012, 10:23 PM   #1311
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Funny thing is, if you buy the struts yourself from Ford Parts, you get a lifetime warranty on the parts.

Not sure about the bearings, though.
Zillon...where u at with any return clunking? Still quiet?
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:00 AM   #1312
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Zillon...where u at with any return clunking? Still quiet?
Unfortunately, I can't say it's as silent as the day I installed everything, but it's much, much quieter than it was. I'd say it's probably pretty normal now, but I haven't been able to drive a stock 2012 Focus for comparison.

I really only seem to get the smallest bit of clunk when the ambient temp is below 40-45 degrees.
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:52 AM   #1313
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Mine is clunk free...because it's sitting on the used car lot in Burnsville. Traded it in on a Toyota. Couldn't handle MFT or the clunk any longer. I took an ass kicking but at least i'm happy. Will never buy a Ford again (my family owns a Ford dealership). Good luck everyone!
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:30 PM   #1314
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It has so many features which make it feel like a much more expensive ride. But then there's the small, but rather significant things, such as this rattling and the drooping rear view mirror.
I have the drooping mirror too but it takes a while and the dealership just looks at me like I'm crazy, how did you get it repaired?
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:55 PM   #1315
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I have the drooping mirror too but it takes a while and the dealership just looks at me like I'm crazy, how did you get it repaired?
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:57 PM   #1316
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Check post #1313 for the fix.
Trust me, I would if I could... and I've tried, but the plummeting value of this vehicle has left me super upside down. Best trade-in location would be a Ford dealership and I just can't trade one crap car in for another crap car. FML
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:38 PM   #1317
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Here is some advice on taking your car to the dealership... Wait for a warm day!!!
I have the dreaded clunk over bumps and it rattled not clunkers all day long when driving slow on a warm or hot day. I booked an appointment for last Saturday and the temperature outside dropped to 34F. I took the Ford mechanic for a drive and low and behold... It would not clunk at all... Not one time. That day it warmed up to 75F and sure as taxes... The clunkers came right back. So take note of the temperature outside when you take your car in or you might end up looking like you have 8 arms.
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:07 AM   #1318
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Here is some advice on taking your car to the dealership... Wait for a warm day!!!
I have the dreaded clunk over bumps and it rattled not clunkers all day long when driving slow on a warm or hot day. I booked an appointment for last Saturday and the temperature outside dropped to 34F. I took the Ford mechanic for a drive and low and behold... It would not clunk at all... Not one time. That day it warmed up to 75F and sure as taxes... The clunkers came right back. So take note of the temperature outside when you take your car in or you might end up looking like you have 8 arms.
Interesting. Mine also goes away as the temps drop. And some have the opposite complaint saying they get the noise when the temp drops.
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:31 AM   #1319
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In my 30 years experience as a mechanical engineer making automotive products, metal parts tend to fit better when cold as slight tolerence shrinkage does occur and grease becomes less fluid and tends to help keep the parts together slightly better. But anything plastic when cold, these parts make a whole lot more noise like our interiors and headliners due to over rigidity. Any devience from this might be due to different issues like a strut bearing vs bad strut vs a loose stabilizer link.... cheers!
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:36 AM   #1320
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let me add that not all parts fit better when cold.... some fit better when warm due to heat expansion... actually most do, so my point is that the grease and rubber bushings tend to hold some components tighter when colder.... but like I said some cars may have different bad parts.... so different results. Just like the oil in our engines.... grease, when cold its thick and may dampen the clunk.
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