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Old 02-02-2014, 08:20 AM   #11
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Just curious how many miles did you think you towed the car? 50,000? 100,000?
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Old 02-02-2014, 12:18 PM   #12
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Just curious how many miles did you think you towed the car? 50,000? 100,000?
Nah, probably about 5,000 miles or so.
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Old 02-02-2014, 12:22 PM   #13
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Here's a video to show what I'm going on about. You can really hear the front end and some of the interior noises. I'll book it into the dealer tomorrow and drive my truck in the meantime.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig8JO...ature=youtu.be
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Old 02-02-2014, 01:48 PM   #14
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Hello everyone, I purchased a 2014 focus se sedan only a couple months ago, shortly after, it started to become a rattle box.

I had multiple rattles coming from various locations in the car, and I have meticulously been eliminating them one at a time. Thought I'd share my experience.

The most annoying and consistent rattle was occurring while driving above 60mph, especially with any head wind. I figured it was related to any relative wind forces. The sound may initially seem to come from somewhere on the passenger side, but I eventually noticed it was loudest when I put my ear to the center armrest.

My search led me to discover that the exhaust heat shield underneath the car (at the approximate location under the armrest area) would rattle against the frame when only slightly tapped. I fixed this rattle by applying some high-temp rtv (silicone) to the heat shield and frame contact points (mine hit the frame more on the passenger side). I also bent some portions of the heat shield until it produced zero rattling when tapped.

Other passenger side rattles may come from the b-pillar plastic trim and the loose vent underneath the passenger seat. My driver side vent was nice and snug, but the passenger side was completely loose. I put some foam tape around the vent which helped, but there seems to be no way to get it to feel "installed," like it is on the driver side. My passenger b-pillar squeaked at times. This was also an easy fix. I popped it out just enough to apply some silicone to the areas where the plastic around the metal retaining clips butts up against the pillar.
I also have some creaks that come from the dash areas, where the gauge cluster and stereo meet the dash. I haven't fixed them yet, but I know that 3M makes a black, sort of putty like tape that works well for dampening these types of creaks. I couldn't find it online, but I've seen it sold at auto-body shops. It's a bit pricey.

It seems many have noticed that their car came with the door panels not quite completely installed. It wasn't the case with mine, but going through all the door panels and pressing on them to ensure all the clips are in their recepticles is a good starting point.

I agree that these cars should not have these rattle issues. I would trade the car in, but I already took a hit on trading in a new car with inferior performance for this model. For those who aren't mechanically inclined, you might try taking the vehicle to an interior specialist instead of a dealer. If it makes anyone feel a bit better, I've ridden in brand new 80k vehicles that also rattled.
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Old 02-03-2014, 12:15 AM   #15
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I normally listen to music when I drive, but decided to drive in silence for a bit to see if I could detect any noticeable vibrations in my own car.

Michigan roads are notoriously bad, and I took the Focus over many severely potholed city roads, as well as railroad crossings and side streets where the bumpy, hard packed snow still wasn't entirely cleared. I didn't hear one single rattle from any of that punishment, which was very impressive.

What did make a slight buzzing noise was something up in the dash when the engine was running at a higher RPM, just before shifting. After that I put in one of those old bass test CDs, to see if any of those frequencies would cause any interior trim to vibrate, even with the stock stereo and no sub. I got the same vibration from up in the dash from that too, but in both cases it was very slight and something I can easily ignore.
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Old 02-03-2014, 01:24 AM   #16
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I drive my car on flat paved road every day to work and back. It has 11000 miles and squeaks and creaks and rattles much more than any other vehicle I have ever had, and most of those vehicles had over 150k miles on them.

I've taken it to the dealer twice and they fixed one in the seat but it's already back, less than 5000 miles after the fix (last oil change)....

I don't want them to tear apart the dash and headliner cause I know the rattles will just be back, more obnoxious than last time. The body creaks every time I go over a speed bump or leave a parking lot, but they haven't been able to figure out why.

I'm with you, OP. This car is more and more disappointing by the day. To the people saying "mine has nothing!" - that's wonderful and I'm happy for you, but you're making me envious, so please cease :P
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Old 02-03-2014, 05:40 AM   #17
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The key to rattle fixing is the make sure you get the tech that will be working on your car to come out and hear it from himself...otherwise, there is no hope in getting it fixed.
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Old 02-03-2014, 06:29 AM   #18
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My dash squeaks and rattles.

What I love is in the Focus buyer's guide (or some similar document) said the interior was specifically designed to reduce rattles. What a load.
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Old 02-03-2014, 07:51 AM   #19
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The headliner adhesive likes to let go so the headliner rattles. I fixed it with folded paper on my last focus lol
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:14 AM   #20
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i have worked on 100-200k mercedes that have rattles and squeaks and what not. If you dont like the noise's have the dealer fix them. Its covered under warranty and if they tell you other wise keep bringing it back and raise hell with them. It's that simple

Just be glad you got a focus instead of one of these
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