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Old 03-10-2013, 12:40 PM   #2131
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So, HornedFrog, what say you?

Fixed?
I haven't got it back yet, they were still working on the transmission. They seemed to think it was fixed though
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:07 PM   #2132
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The bump stop trick didn't work for me, but it's possible I didn't get the grease up in there correctly and will have to try again at a later time. Perhaps I'll take the wheel off next time just to get a little more working room.
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:38 PM   #2133
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Got car back from dealer. Focus restored back to original springs.
I specifically asked they remove the TSB springs and install new springs same lke those it had to begin with
**these TSB springs are softer** service mgr also made same observation he said original ones are really stiffer rate springs
Car now drives again like it used to - nice solid drive-
Asked dealer to also lube bump stops and they said they did (not sure to what extent they did) no noise from left side, right side has little noise but I will take the noise over a softer ride! Plus will try to do the Dysan method myself as well - Dysan TSB FTW
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:54 PM   #2134
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Keep us posted on that left side if you don't mind...!
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:49 AM   #2135
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Hi everyone,

If you have questions about a TSB, your dealership's service department will be the best place to go for information. Give them a call and they'll assist you.

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Old 03-11-2013, 08:34 PM   #2136
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So on Mondays I get home from work early, and they last many weeks I have been pulling he wheel off and doing things like greasing my bump stops, and lining the bump stop with velcro, tapping on things, checking for loose things, rattles etc.

The grease I think did do a small amount of improvement, and the velcro did even more, but the sound still showed up when cold, but slightly different. Leading me to believe that the sound is related to something around the bump stop.

Today I noticed something I had not checked for earlier....
At the top of the tower, where the bump stop snaps in, the shaft of the shock was not centered in the circle that the rubber bump stop snaps into. It was actually almost touching the metal toward the front of the car. There was a good 3/8 or more space on the other side of the shaft (the "back"), but only about 1/16 on the front part of the circular ring which is just under the strut bearing. If the car suspension moved at all, the shaft would hit the ring that the bump stop snaps into. I could not really tell if that ring is made of metal, or hard plastic.

I fashioned another piece of velcro and threaded it though the bump stop and up into space where the parts were very close together. If they touch, now there will be velcro insulating them. I guess if the suspension has that much slop in it, the parts can shift around a bit so later the slop might make the shaft be centered in that ring differently, but we will see if that happens, or if this even does anything. At least it makes some sort of sense. My test ride showed a silent front end, but it always is silent for a while after being lifted off the wheels and set back down. Sometimes for a week. That adds to he frustration of course, but by now I don't get too bugged by it.

I will let ford give it another try this week when I go in for service, but I'm not expecting anything.

Another thing that I found odd is that the lug nuts are all slightly loose to the touch. Yo can wiggle them with your fingers about 1/16 inch. There is play in the lug nuts, but they are actually tight when you try to loosen then with he lug wrench. That must be something I don't know about, but our other cars are not like that at all. They are all tight. Every single lug nut on my focus is loose. Seems like that would rattle right there.....no?

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Old 03-11-2013, 09:16 PM   #2137
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If you have questions about a TSB, your dealership's service department will be the best place to go for information. Give them a call and they'll assist you.

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Crystal, with all due respect, if you read this thread from the beginning you'll see that some dealers didn't even know about the first TSB until we gave them the number.
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Another thing that I found odd is that the lug nuts are all slightly loose to the touch. Yo can wiggle them with your fingers about 1/16 inch. There is play in the lug nuts, but they are actually tight when you try to loosen then with he lug wrench. That must be something I don't know about, but our other cars are not like that at all. They are all tight. Every single lug nut on my focus is loose. Seems like that would rattle right there.....no?
The lug nuts aren't loose, the semi decorative outer coating/ covering of the two piece lug nut can break and slip slightly while the nut is actually still firmly attached to the wheel stud. If the lug nuts were loose the wheel would have come off by now more than likely.

Its unlikely that the suspension clunk emanates from the lug nuts either
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:39 PM   #2139
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Well, if I may. If you spend enough time on this site, in this thread - and the other clunk one - you will see a pattern of "no remedy" from Ford, you will see dancing and side-stepping and most importantly you will see a long period of time having passed by with no sweeping resolution. Now if a revised TSB suddenly addresses the issue, I say Bravo! Finally!
But seriously, does anyone expect that?

So look at the alternative. For less than what an extra large combo pizza at many a fine establishment will cost you, you can apply some common grease to an easily accessible part of the vehicle. OR, you can take that stand that Ford should fix this damned issue, on principal. I get the "stand on principal" part. I think it's important in most things in life - - but not here. Not on this issue. There's too many stories that have been built up. And this is hardly what I would call "wrenching" or complicated repair work..

Comes down to this; three simple choices;

One: You DIY at a known level of cost and time. Either it works or it doesn't. If it doesn't, either you need to try it a second time just to be sure or you have something else going on - unrelated - and off to the dealership you go anyhow. Process of elimination is your friend; especially when it costs twelve - fifteen bucks and less than an hour of your time. Look at what you paid for the vehicle vs this small investment of coin & time, on your personal schedule and what that really means - in aggregate.

The sense of accomplishment thing is only a sideline bonus ..


Two: You start engaging with a dealership straight off-the-bat, encountering many a scenario already covered in great detail, right here on this site by genuine & hard working consumers who took the time to share with the greater community all the dead ends. That translates into a significant amount of personal time dedicated, repeat visits to the dealership and almost certain frustration.
Is it worth it vs option One:?


Three: You simply put up with the noise and call it day.
Yep. After further reading, I think I'll go with option number 3. I've dealt with it in my work transit for three years, so I don't even notice it in the focus unless I am trying to hear it, and the wife always has the radio on and doesn't complain.
Sad that this isn't built to better standards than my turkish made pos work vehicle. But, I can see a dealer doing more harm than good in trying to fix it.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:37 PM   #2140
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...than my turkish made pos work vehicle.
Turkish work vehicle. What is it?
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