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Old 01-30-2013, 04:08 PM   #1
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Do all MK2 Focuses whine??

Hi

I bought a 2005 MK2 Focus a few months ago. The car came with a complimentary engine whine, but local Ford dealer 1 assured me it's nothing to worry about. Mechanic 1: "They all sound like that. If we had another one here, I could've shown you".



The whine is worst after the car has been standing (e.g. first thing in the morning). It rises and falls with revs.

Dealer no. 2 reported that they couldn't hear any whine. After I submitted detailed instructions on how to sample this auditory delight, they replaced the drive belt, idler pulley, tensioner+pulley and crank pulley - in part also because I complained about a vibration behind the dash at +- 2000rpm (on decelleration) - some of these parts showed some wear.

OK, so several hundred later, result: same whine, same vibration.



I got the service manager and mechanic to stand next to the car as I switch on and rev lightly in neutral. "Ah, that!" said mechanic 2 (at dealer 2). "They all sound like that. If we had another one here, I could've shown you".



Do all MK2 Focuses really have a built-in engine whine?

Thanks for your input


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Old 01-30-2013, 04:47 PM   #2
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Does it get better or worse when you turn the steering wheel?

The dealer(salesman)could not hear the clanking(sp?)swaybar endlinks when I test drove my car(crafty bastard). They replaced them upon purchase.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:03 PM   #3
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I know Mk1 cars do it, normal on my two. Some louder than others, it's the belt run and parts whizzing. At one time my '02 had me worried but I tuned the noise out in my head and it has run many thousands of miles like that with no trouble. I'll say this: don't expect it to be whisper quiet, they DO make a little noise..............some sharp hearing persons think something is wrong there.........now, obviously past a certain point there could be a problem. I would submit that the length of time you mention means it is probably a normal noise. When parts that spin start making noise they generally chew up to fail pretty quick.
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Turning the steering wheel doesn't seem to affect it. I should actually make a YouTube vid of it - I just can't imagine that noise being normal.

Otherwise, it's a great car, though
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:54 AM   #5
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my 2005 does whine a little on extremely cold days for a minute or two after first start up,but so do I!!
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my 2005 does whine a little on extremely cold days for a minute or two after first start up,but so do I!!
Yeah, mine is also at its worst first thing in the morning.

Fortunately, once you get into 2nd gear it soon disappears behind the road noise.
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And the way mine were too, worse when cold, the noise drops off with engine running longer.
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