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Old 12-08-2012, 02:10 PM   #1
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Traction Control and loud noises?

Just wondering if anyone else is having a large clunking under the car when your traction control kicks in. I mean it sounds like something is going to snap under the car. I have had traction control on a lot of my cars never heard this. Just want to make sure this is not normal for the Focus before I take it to the dealer.

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Old 12-08-2012, 02:16 PM   #2
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Addition to above: It fells like the right front wheel is going to come off. But you can feel it throughout the entire floorboard.
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:00 PM   #3
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If it feels like the wheel is going to fall off you should start by checking the lug nuts.
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Does the car shake a lot when this happens? When my system kicks in the tires always feel like they're hopping a lot. It's not a nice feeling.
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What happens when you disengage the TC?
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I have a similar feeling. TC off is normal, but with TC on and a wet road, if I accelerate and it turns on it chops/pulses really harshly, and everything bounces in the cup holders. In the snow, not at all. I felt similar rattling in the cabin once when I ran through a pothole at night that cracked the sidewall on my tire.

I'm not sure if it's normal, I know it's obnoxious and sounds harmful on a wet surface, and it'd probably scare the crap out of any passengers I have if it activates.
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Just wondering if anyone else is having a large clunking under the car when your traction control kicks in. I mean it sounds like something is going to snap under the car. I have had traction control on a lot of my cars never heard this. Just want to make sure this is not normal for the Focus before I take it to the dealer.

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No. Never experienced this and I live a mile up a very steep dirt/mud road and I usually leave the traction control on.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:22 AM   #8
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Checked right wheel its not loose. Thanks for all the info looks like a trip to the dealer for me. I have had numerous vehicles with TC and never had that hopping clunking sound when it kicks in. I don't think it is normal.

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Old 12-09-2012, 10:25 AM   #9
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One more thing don't know if this makes a difference but i do have sport suspension option on my 2012 TI. Maybe the springs or even the 18 rims? Really has me scratching my head.
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Doesn't the traction control system work by utilizing the ABS?
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