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Old 10-31-2014, 02:44 PM   #111
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I guess I'm late to the party.
I'd been having this 'clunk' for some time now but put it on the back burner since riding my motorcycle most of the year. After noticing that one of my tires had some cupping, figured it might be a good idea to replace the front struts. Did that but still had the 'clunk' and usually just noticeable when backing out of the drive or just starting to drive first thing in the morning. Not that noticeable after I got moving.
I took the time one day to remove the driver side LCA and couldn't find anything loose. Kept riding the motorcycle til recently.
While I was considering replacing the lower control arms, decided to start cheap and replace the sway bar end links. Voila, clunk is gone. The Fomoco units still don't seem bad but they are very light weight compared to the MOOG 'problem solver' units. Seemed a bit pricey too at $33/ea. but, problem solved.
Then I saw this thread. DOH
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Old 11-10-2014, 10:52 AM   #112
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It's a service bulletin. They recognize there is a problem with either design or assembly. Print out the bulletin off the OP and take it to them. They should cover it free.
My car is at the dealership right now having the front sway bar links replaced, cost will be ~$200. Car has about 55k on it, out of warranty.

Do you guys really think they should cover this for free?

Thanks.
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Old 02-22-2015, 05:53 PM   #113
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I get a loud metal on metal clank sound when I have my wheel fully cranked to one side while moving over bumps or a slight slope. Is this the same as the pop/click this thread is addressing?
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Old 02-22-2015, 07:16 PM   #114
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They're easy to replace
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Old 04-12-2018, 12:41 PM   #115
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Replaced my sway bar links and still got the clunking sound. Throwing in new shocks/lca/inner+outter tie rods today. Will inspect everything to to see what's making the sound. But for some reason I'm thinking it's the sway bar hitting against something. Maybe the bushings are worn or the bracket is loose.

Edit: Okay just finished up and went out for a test drive. It was definitely the lower control arms. The inner bushing pretty much fell off as I pulled it out. Both sides too. Clunking is gone! Can't believe I dealt with that for for so many years.

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Old 04-20-2018, 10:39 AM   #116
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Was convinced my problem was a torque strut mount (dogbone) or engine mount, since I have a manual, and I get some shaking when taking off (clutch grabbing). But I also have a clunk when driving over bumps. Replaced the torque strut mount, still have a clunk.

Front Stabilizer end links have been replaced previously because of this thread. They were bad, but noise stayed (less noise though)

Now I'm thinking it may be control arms, strut mounts, or either stabilizer bar or rack bushings.

Will update if I find anything.
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Old 04-26-2018, 10:03 AM   #117
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The front end had rattling sounds. It happened to my '00 ZTS. When it started happeneing, i thought the wheel was loose or even possibly the brakes, but took it to the dealership and had them check it out. It turns out both of the factory sway bar links were shot.....not even 25k miles (car has 27k on it now after 1 1/2 years)
The sway bar links are a known wear item on 2000-2003 Focuses. I think Ford recommends you check/replace them every 30K miles. I've had to replace mine 3 times in 220K. They're not hard to do, just jack up one corner at a time and remove the wheel. There's one nut each on top & bottom. When they wear out or if the nuts come loose (happened twice on me) you get a rattle going over small bumps or a popping/creaking noise on tight low speed turns.
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