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Old 06-07-2014, 09:22 PM   #1
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front left tire area making noises

I just brought a 2014 Ford Focus Hatchback. I have been having some weird noises coming from the left front tire area when going uphill. The noise comes and goes. I'll be going uphill one time and it makes these noises. I will go uphill later on and it won't make the noise. The noise sounds sorta like a crackling popping noise. It's not loud either but notable. I don't know if I need to take it back to the shop or wait it not.

Also, I'm still trying to get use to the low shifting. Sometimes it kinda wants to jump when shifting sometimes. Am I hurting the engine when I try to baby the gas pedal when shifting? It's an automatic and haven't driven in "S" yet just "D".


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Old 06-08-2014, 02:48 AM   #2
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Do you hear it with all the windows up? Or do you have to be next to something and with your window down so that the sound reflects and you hear it?

Also, is it just an auditory problem as of now or can you also feel the popping?

First thing I would do is check your tire pressure, make sure its close or slightly above the pressure recommended for the car (usually can be found on a sticker placed in the driver's door jam). Also, you shouldn't inflate your tires to the max psi listed on the tires, just follow the specs listed specifically for your car.

Babying the gas pedal to help the car smoothly shift will help avoid transmission issues down the road but your car is too new to have transmission concerns. I would assume it should be shifting as smooth as butter and not hard shifting/jumping on you.
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Old 06-08-2014, 03:09 AM   #3
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Moved to MkIII section, best for general questions for your model year.

(As opposed to How To Fix questions)
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I dont think I had the windows up when it made the noise, the windows were down. I checked down underneath where the tire is but didnt see any obstruction or anything making this noise. The tires are filled with nitrogen. I havent checked the pressure on these as I assumed the pressure was all at the correct PSI when I bought the car. I would have to go back to the dealership to have them fill it with Nitrogen if they are low.

I was afraid of that with the transmission jumping like that every once in a while, of having to take it back to the dealership. I sure hope I didnt get a lemon out of the assembly line as I really like this car.

Sounds like I may just have to take it in to my dealership where I bought it and have them look it over.
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I dont think I had the windows up when it made the noise, the windows were down. I checked down underneath where the tire is but didnt see any obstruction or anything making this noise. The tires are filled with nitrogen. I havent checked the pressure on these as I assumed the pressure was all at the correct PSI when I bought the car. I would have to go back to the dealership to have them fill it with Nitrogen if they are low.

I was afraid of that with the transmission jumping like that every once in a while, of having to take it back to the dealership. I sure hope I didnt get a lemon out of the assembly line as I really like this car.

Also does it make a difference if the "jumping"/"pulling" situation is when its about to shift gears in low speed and I let off the gas to stop (usually this jumping only happens in city driving when its trying to shift (since is all low speed shifting) and I have to let off the gas to quickly to stop)
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I just brought a 2014 Ford Focus Hatchback. I have been having some weird noises coming from the left front tire area when going uphill. The noise comes and goes. I'll be going uphill one time and it makes these noises. I will go uphill later on and it won't make the noise. The noise sounds sorta like a crackling popping noise.
Intermittent popping noise from the front suspension at low speeds is more than likely being caused by your bump stops. The noise is totally harmless but Ford has a TSB to remedy the issue:

Bump stop TSB 13-12-9
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...68191837,d.b2k
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Ok I just glanced at the hyperlink info in regards to the TSB 13-12-9, this looks like a test that the mechanic at the dealership would need to do, correct?
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Ok I just glanced at the hyperlink info in regards to the TSB 13-12-9, this looks like a test that the mechanic at the dealership would need to do, correct?
Ask to go with him and go slowly over a speed bump to show him the noise. I did that and they applied the TSB. No problem afterall.
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