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Old 09-19-2012, 10:49 PM   #1
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shudder at freeway speed with acceleration

Hey all....I have a 2012 Focus SE, sport handling package, 17" black alloy wheels, 5-speed manual, and just over 27,000 miles. Wonderful ride, but....Recently I've noticed that when I'm commuting on the freeway at between roughly 55 and 70 MPH, and accelerate lightly still in 5th gear, that I get a very subtle shudder in the chassis. For all I know, it may be normal, and may have been there from day one, but now I'm obsessing over it, and just want to make sure it doesn't escalate, especially past my warranty period. I've rotated the wheels at regular intervals, and they track and run smoothly, until I increase speed. And again, it's not just a steering wheel vibration, it comes through the seat, floorboards, etc. Keep in mind, I'm pretty OCD when it comes to my cars! Does anyone know of an issue? Any TSB for this? Also, can anyone recommend a place to find any applicable TSBs for my particular car? Thanks in advance for your time and consideration.


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Old 09-20-2012, 12:22 PM   #2
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Hey all....I have a 2012 Focus SE, sport handling package, 17" black alloy wheels, 5-speed manual, and just over 27,000 miles. Wonderful ride, but....Recently I've noticed that when I'm commuting on the freeway at between roughly 55 and 70 MPH, and accelerate lightly still in 5th gear, that I get a very subtle shudder in the chassis. For all I know, it may be normal, and may have been there from day one, but now I'm obsessing over it, and just want to make sure it doesn't escalate, especially past my warranty period. I've rotated the wheels at regular intervals, and they track and run smoothly, until I increase speed...
Hi ducrider,

Have you taken your Focus to the dealer so they can diagnose? Ford certified techs will be your best bet for identifying/repairing any vehicle concerns - and they're great at soothing your conscience! Swing by, have them take a peek under the hood. If you're still concerned, shoot me a PM and I'll see how I can help.

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Old 09-20-2012, 12:39 PM   #3
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What RPM is it when you lightly accel in 5th gear?

It kinds sounds like normal shudder, when an engine wants to be downshifted a gear under load.
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Possible fix for what you may be describing:


Make : FORD

Model : FOCUS

Year : 2012



Manufacturer : Ford Motor Company





Service Bulletin Number : CSP-11B31

Date of Bulletin : JAN 13, 2012



NHTSA Item Number : 10043326





Component : POWER TRAIN:CLUTCH ASSEMBLY



Summary :
FORD: SEE DOCUMENT SEARCH BUTTON FOR OWNER LETTER. CERTAIN MODEL YEAR VEHICLES HAVE AN IMPROPERLY BALANCED CLUTCH ASSEMBLY. THIS WILL CAUSE A VIBRATION FELT THROUGH THE SEAT AND/OR STEERING WILL WHILE IN PARK, FIRST GEAR AND NEUTRAL POSITION. *PE
That won't help them at all as that's a DCT specific document and they said they had a 5 speed manual. It just sounds like they were experiencing a normal shudder induced by being in the wrong gear with too much load on at the time rather than something induced by the car or the gearbox itself.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:09 PM   #5
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Thanks all for responding...yes it's a manual transmission, and when I'm on the freeway, at 50+ MPH, I'm in 5th gear, so probably about 2,500 RPM...the engine isn't lugging. But as an experiment, I think I'll try running it in 4th, and see if I still feel it. I'll report back.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:18 PM   #6
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Hey all...so I tried rotating the tires (yes I'm very careful about torque specs on the lug nuts), running it in 4th gear etc. What I feel seems to be more speed related, right around 60 to 65 MPH, and I feel it through the center arm rest, floor and seat, so it's more of a chassis thing. However, after all is said and done, I think I've come to the conclusion that it's not a problem or issue, just something I became aware of being kind of anal (if I can use that word). I doubt that anyone else would even notice it. So as of now...case closed.
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Ford Customer Service Guy is beginning to piss me off..
they are here for Opinions on the problem, not advice to take it to a dealer.

Stealerships are for the hail marry of the wrench inclined. And warranty work for the lazy or expensive..



OP do you have After market rims?

OEM tend to be strong but I recently had a issue with 60mph and they told me the after market rims tend to have weights taped to them and no clamped on side of rim, and when I approved then to add weights to inner rim the shake stopped because it limited the sideways shake...
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:34 PM   #8
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Hey Vegas... if you can see my profile, those black wheels on my 2012 Focus are the optional 17" Ford wheels. Interestingly, they have balance weights both along the inside rim, and glued to the inside flat part of the rim, so when they were balanced at the factory, they must have taken the side-to-side movement under consideration. While driving it today, it really did seem to feel OK. I suspect I'm way too particular about the feel of my cars. I used to race motorcycles, so I'm kind of a gearhead, and I'm very particular about my machines. So to say I'm overall pleased with this Focus actually says a lot.
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