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Old 11-24-2012, 03:19 PM   #1
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Rocks Rattling Against Fuel / Brake Lines

After 2 failed attempts at my dealer to solve my constant rattle in the passenger seat area at 50 mph and above, I finally got under there today and figured out what it was. 3-4 small rocks caught between the fuel and brake lines and the floor panel above. The rocks were in there just right that they would likely flutter around with sufficient wind speed under the car but could not fall out.

These lines are on the passenger side so it sounded like it was coming from under the passenger seat. Which technically it was.

Anyone with a constant 50 mph plus rattle in the passenger seat area should check this out.




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Old 11-25-2012, 06:16 PM   #2
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After 2 failed attempts at my dealer to solve my constant rattle in the passenger seat area at 50 mph and above, I finally got under there today and figured out what it was. 3-4 small rocks caught between the fuel and brake lines and the floor panel above. The rocks were in there just right that they would likely flutter around with sufficient wind speed under the car but could not fall out...
Thanks for the valuable tip, kam327! I'm sure some folks around here will appreciate it.

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Thanks for this. I'm adding it to my "check this" list for when I take the car into the dealer soon.

I've been battling similar rattles for 15K miles now (since I bought the car in Jan) and the dealer hasn't been able to solve 'em yet.
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...and a long-delated update!

Took the car into the dealer today and they said they found 5 rocks, which they removed. It was pouring rain for much of the drive so I couldn't verify that all the rattles were gone but I'm crossing my fingers.

If that's the case, it only took 18K miles and 4-6 trips to the dealer to get a quiet ride!
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Thanks for the valuable tip, kam327! I'm sure some folks around here will appreciate it.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me via PM.

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crystal... What begs the bigger question, imo, is why 'certified' ford technicians could not identify this rock problem for the customer. I am very lucky i have a good dealer to go to even tho it's an hour's drive for me. (my local 5 min away) dealer is totally incompetent and i would not buy nor have a car serviced by them.
Seems to me that by not identifying the op's problem, one as simple as loose rocks, that it doesn't say much good about the tech that examined the car for the noise... evidently he did not examine it closely enough and did not do his job. very disappointing, imo. In ref to both the op's experience and mine w/ my 'local' dealer, why does ford not more closely examine and monitor what goes on in its dealerships? It is, after, ford's name on the marquee and ford's reputation at risk. I'm just throwing this out to you as a ford rep here on FF.. I really don't expect a reply -- esp. one that satisfies -- as you shill for ford and need to keep your job.
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crystal... What begs the bigger question, imo, is why 'certified' ford technicians could not identify this rock problem for the customer. I am very lucky i have a good dealer to go to even tho it's an hour's drive for me. (my local 5 min away) dealer is totally incompetent and i would not buy nor have a car serviced by them.
Seems to me that by not identifying the op's problem, one as simple as loose rocks, that it doesn't say much good about the tech that examined the car for the noise... evidently he did not examine it closely enough and did not do his job. very disappointing, imo. In ref to both the op's experience and mine w/ my 'local' dealer, why does ford not more closely examine and monitor what goes on in its dealerships? It is, after, ford's name on the marquee and ford's reputation at risk. I'm just throwing this out to you as a ford rep here on FF.. I really don't expect a reply -- esp. one that satisfies -- as you shill for ford and need to keep your job.
This is a pretty good summary of why dealerships operate how they do:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/...ar-is-so-awful


Shorter version:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/...-never-changes
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... In ref to both the op's experience and mine w/ my 'local' dealer, why does ford not more closely examine and monitor what goes on in its dealerships? It is, after, ford's name on the marquee and ford's reputation at risk...
Hi cobie56,

Ford dealerships are independently owned and operated. If you have an unsatisfactory experience, you're always welcome to get a second opinion at a different Ford dealership. I can also document any negative (or positive!) feedback you have about a dealership from your sales experience to the service department. Just send me a PM and we'll go from there.

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...and a long-delated update!

Took the car into the dealer today and they said they found 5 rocks, which they removed. It was pouring rain for much of the drive so I couldn't verify that all the rattles were gone but I'm crossing my fingers.

If that's the case, it only took 18K miles and 4-6 trips to the dealer to get a quiet ride!
Thank God i wasn't the only one! It was eating me up inside!

But, dude, ya never got down there and checked yourself???
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I had a rattle under my passenger seat as well, just got it resolved by my dealership

Turned out to be some loose compenents in the seat with the air bag
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