Bump for Ford Co. Where is the TSB on this?
At least this one will not cost Ford (no parts..)
At least this one will not cost Ford (no parts..)
I'm pretty sure that within a couple days my rattle/clunk will be back. It started hinting in at it this afternoon, and tonight I heard it a couple times. It always goes like this.... Putting it on a lift fixes it for a certain amount of time, and when you hit a certain bump things shift into position where two parts are hitting each other. It gets worse and worse till you lift it to look at it...which fixes it for a bit. Very annoying.
first of all i apologize for my bad English.
I would like to tell you that Thai drivers found the same problem, right front suspension noise and Ford engineer said they can't find out the problem.
My opinion, i don't think it will be problem of bump stop, engine mount, e.g. but i think it must be some problems of car design. It is not possible that problem of European or north amarica's shock absorber, engine mounted, e.g. will be occurred here in Thailand because many common parts are produced here. Most of drivers notice that noise is come from right side. Is it mean these parts of all around the world of new focus has same problem ?! No , impossible.
We need to force to Ford to solve this problem because new Focus is not cheap car . We should get good quality product with the money we pay to them.
I've had my car lifted three times since purchase and the noise never went away after nor did it get any worse. I'll also note for the record that my car has never gone a whole day without rattling - just some days more than others if left to it's own devices. For the fix, I only jacked it up this weekend - not lifted - and I don't need to be told that it isn't fixed. It was making the noise all morning until I sat down and did the "Dysan method". It is gone and the sound of the bump-stop has changed significantly when tapped by hand or with a tool.Might want to wait a bit before declaring the problem solved
Mine goes away sometimes for a couple weeks just by lifting the car. Your sound could come back too
I would give it a month.
I Thought I fixed mine with a credit card wedged under the tower brace. It was fixed 100% for four whole weeks only to return 100% five minutes after the dealer lifted the car to rotate the tires.....
It's awesome that Dysan found a fix but here's my situation:
I live in an apartment and don't really have the space or tools necessary to properly do this. The local Ford dealership has acknowledged the sound and are willing/trying to find a fix, how can I best suggest this as a fix? "Grease the bump-stop?" "Put velcro on the bump-stop?" Will they laugh me off the service ramp?
It's been a problem on others as well. I have an SEL Hatch. Based on a Survey that was done earlier in the thread, it was limited (at least perceived) to certain production dates, and not limited to body style of trim level really. I recall SE, SEL and Titanium's all on that list/survey results.I'm not sure, is this a problem ONLY with Titaniums? With or without Handling Package? I've read a lot of this thread, but there are over 2000 posts, so I can't be sure. Could it be fixed by changing the struts to aftermarket ones? Just curious.
What it boils down to is that I don't think I should have to do any work on this car to repair something that should be covered under warranty and that is the result of either a poor design or a poorly manufactured material. It seems like it's only working for a few of those attempting the procedure anyway.Tools? The syringe is 3 odd bucks at Walmart. Grease will set you back less than the cost of a pair of replacement wiper blades. Other than that, the jack and the tool to take off your tire is provided with the car.
The expense is way less than a single tank of gas.
The time to perform the procedure is negligible.
Finding a place to DIY can't be that difficult.
Anyone that isn't serious about giving it a shot by simply doing it, and doing it thoroughly, isn't serious enough about trying to move beyond being upset
with the issue..
A reasonable dealership will go the grease route; Velcro they will pass on...no doubt about it. Application of grease to the top of the strut tower/bearing area has already been described on this site so it is safe to say that a reasonable dealership would try a bump-stop focused endeavor as an alternative. The key component in getting a service department to address the issue starts with them acknowledging the presence of the noise to begin with...that is biggest hurdle IMHO.
I had the driver side TSB done ... a while ago now, and I haven't noticed any pull or distinct loss in handling. Still drives straight as an arrow, which is amazing with all the pot holes around here anyways.-also pls pls comment what you think on TSB springs if you had the TSB done, do you think car got just softer, lost bit of the solid handlng it had? If you had only side applied hows the drive.. Does it pull on the TSB side vs the non-TSB side (say when you take off a red light..)
I definitely noticed a bit softer ride.. Going over same roads/potholes you could tell.. - maybe version makes a difference mine was with the SE sprt suspension...I had the driver side TSB done ... a while ago now, and I haven't noticed any pull or distinct loss in handling. Still drives straight as an arrow, which is amazing with all the pot holes around here anyways.
I'll look at my dealer report from when it was done. If anyone knows off the top of their head, was the TSB part # different than the stock part #?I definitely noticed a bit softer ride.. Going over same roads/potholes you could tell.. - maybe version makes a difference mine was with the SE sprt suspension...
Can't argue with who should do it. If you stand on principal that Ford should address it, then wandering the blog-o-sphere on it won't achieve much other than creating a never-ending bully pulpit of consternation. Go work it with the dealership and enjoy the time spent. I have faith some dealerships are more reasonable than others. I get the point about it being a "Ford thing" to fix. No argument there. But the task is so damned simple, most people on this forum have spent way more time & personal energy going circles around it than the time it takes to simply hunker down & do it. You have to choose your battles in life. Again, for me, this was a no-brainer to attempt on my own. If it didn't work, I would have simply moved on to other avenues.What it boils down to is that I don't think I should have to do any work on this car to repair something that should be covered under warranty and that is the result of either a poor design or a poorly manufactured material. It seems like it's only working for a few of those attempting the procedure anyway.