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Old 05-06-2012, 02:57 AM   #1
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Noisy suspension and near stalling (5MT)

Hi all,

I took my 2012 SE Sport 5M to the dealer on Friday to get a couple issues resolved.

1. Noisy front suspension: I hear this "clomping" noise (not really a clunk, thud, rattle, or squeak) front the front end whenever going over bumps. I can replicate it going over a speed hump, and it's particularly obvious when I have passengers in the back and I go over uneven pavement. Or, when I brake on an uneven surface, I hear it right before coming to a stop.

Of course, the dealer "could not duplicate it" but I definitely hear it, and even a passenger has commented on it before. Anyone with a similar problem? I'm tempted to test drive another Focus to see if it's just as noisy over bumps. It's not a typical shock absorber compression sound.

2. Near stalling: I notice this especially when the engine is still cold (<3 min of driving). When coming to a stop in NEUTRAL, the engine nearly dies (gets as low as 300 rpm) and it shoots back up to idle. It's happened a couple of times (each time I make sure I'm not in gear), and it's not particularly confidence inspiring. Seems only to happen when I come to a moderately rapid stop from a hill.

Could not replicate problem. Seems like a software thing?

3. Rear door panel: The top of my passenger side rear door panel had a larger gap than that on the driver side's. They fixed this with some anti-squeak tape. But both rear doors still squeak faintly when I open and close them. Sounds like there's something loose, as if plastic is rubbing against plastic, and I can duplicate the sound rocking the door back and forth on one of its hinge detents.

All things considered, still liking the car very much, but interested to see if others have these same issues.


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Old 05-06-2012, 09:38 AM   #2
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Mine makes front end noises and it has 900 mile on it today lol

As for the near stalling, the only near stalling I get is trying to get used to pulling out on hills or with 4 people in the car. My cummins ram I just let the clutch out and my cobra has 4.10s and 300ft lbs so that's not hard. It seems this car needs a little coercing to move.

The biggest thing right now that drives me nuts is part throttle in town cruising- it seems to surge, maybe a slight buck at low rpm/low speed. Not 5th gear at 10mph buck but rolling in 3rd its like you are playing with the throttle and you aren't touching it
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Same exact front end noise and conditions in which they occur!. When I'm by myself it doesn't do it quite as bad but with a passenger it definitely happens.

Apparently this noise is very common and alot of people are complaining of it.

I think there will be a recall on the shocks or struts some day. Hopefully!

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=267513
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:58 PM   #4
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I get the near stall once in awhile. i consider it a natural event and would never complain about it. The engine actually does not stall.
I guess i just can live with a few tiny imperfections?
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Old 05-06-2012, 01:01 PM   #5
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I had a similar clunking problem... they replaced the front springs, which didn't seem to help at all. Not even sure why, to be honest.

My dealership is really good at getting my car in there, with excellent service and kind staff... but I'm not entirely sure they know what they're doing with the car sometimes!
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I guess i just can live with a few tiny imperfections?
That's great; however there are those of us that are suffering from far more than "a few tiny imperfections". You've spouted off your little fangirl line enough to make most of us suffering from these various and sundry issues feel like puking. Enough already. If that is all you have to "add" please stick to your "I LOVE my 2012 Ford Focus 100% whoo hoo thread!!".
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...I took my 2012 SE Sport 5M to the dealer on Friday to get a couple issues resolved.
1. Noisy front suspension...
2. Near stalling...
3. Rear door panel...
All things considered, still liking the car very much, but interested to see if others have these same issues.
Hey empowah,

Thanks for your patience as the dealer addresses the concerns you stated. I’m available to help by arranging a call from the Customer Service Manager for your area. In order to do so, please send a PM with your contact information, dealer name/state, approximate mileage, and VIN.

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Mine makes front end noises and it has 900 mile on it today lol
As for the near stalling, the only near stalling I get is trying to get used to pulling out on hills or with 4 people in the car...
The biggest thing right now that drives me nuts is part throttle in town cruising- it seems to surge, maybe a slight buck at low rpm/low speed...
Hi turbo2300,

Congratulations on the Focus!

Your vehicle is nearing the recommended break-in period stated on page 5 of the Owner Guide, and may experience a smoothing out as time goes by. However, if the concern continues or increases, please make an appointment with your dealer, and PM me with your VIN, dealer, mileage, full name, and best daytime number. I’ll be happy to escalate the issue to the Customer Service Manager for your area.

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Same exact front end noise and conditions in which they occur!. When I'm by myself it doesn't do it quite as bad but with a passenger it definitely happens....
Hello Dysan911,

It's been a while since we have spoken.

I escalated a concern for you some time ago. I'll be more than happy to contact the Customer Service Manager for your area about this issue. Shoot me a PM with the VIN, current mileage, your personal, and dealer contact info to begin the escalation process.

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I get the near stall once in awhile. i consider it a natural event and would never complain about it. The engine actually does not stall...
Elizabeth,

I haven't seen you in a while!

So happy to know the Focus is driving as you desire.

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I had a similar clunking problem... they replaced the front springs, which didn't seem to help at all. Not even sure why, to be honest.
My dealership is really good at getting my car in there, with excellent service and kind staff...
Altis,

I appreciate your patience as the dealer attempts to address the concern. When you get a chance, give the Ford of Canada Customer Relationship Center a call at 1.800.565.3673 for assistance.

Thanks and take care!

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Thank you Noemi,

I appreciate the offer but at this time no-one that's taken their car in for service on this issue has reported a successful resolution. I am hoping to remain patient in hopes of a real fix coming out soon.

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I appreciate the offer but at this time no-one that's taken their car in for service on this issue has reported a successful resolution. I am hoping to remain patient in hopes of a real fix coming out soon....
Hey Dysan911,

No problem. Iím sure our engineers are working on resolving this issue, so shoot me a PM when you decide to have the concern reviewed by the Customer Service Manager.

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Old 02-15-2013, 11:00 PM   #10
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Apologies for bringing back a thread from the past. I wanted to know if anyone has any additional information on the engine stalling.

I have a 2012 Focus 5sp MT and it started today. It was during the warm up that the engine stalls for a second, then keeps going. It happened three times today and cannot reproduce. I have 3/4 full tank and good gas. It feels like the ECU goes dead for a second and immediately comes back alive. No hesitation, misfiring or anything. Just plain dead for a second and back to life.

Anyone know anything about it?

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