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So I'm turning to this forum in the hopes of fixing a super annoying problem. No it's not the transmission, which I've had in twice with not too much help. This problem involves the seat. The passenger seat has a super annoying clicking sound that occurs on random intervals when I am driving it. When it is happening bumps and vibration bring it out. I can't for the life of me find anything that is doing it. I've re-seated every connection and even started tie-wrapping things to eachother to see if it eliminates the problem. I told ford about it once and they of course moved the seat a little bit and it dissapeared. I told them I knew full well it was going to come back (it always does). They didn't really care, of course. So if I bring it in they are going to keep moving it around and saying it's fixed and wasting my time. It seems the clicking happens when I push down the left corner of the seat. Almost like it's happening in the cushioning. Does anyone have any ideas? Is there a safe way to take the cover off the seat without ruining it?

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I have the same problem - listen to my clip on post #41. Super annoying.

I never found a fix. but I think it's the rack because I was able to make it click by pulling up on the top part of the rack - ruling out the cushion.

There are 2 different rattles, one stops when I lift/move the adjusting bar, the other (far more frequent and annoying rattle) happens when I push and pull vertically on the front left corner of the seat cushion. That one has more to do with the seat position (vertical, tilt) - but changing it is definitely just a workaround.
 

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Did you every try to take it in?
Nope.

Any time I ever took my car in, it was for more important things - the trans, bad wheel bearings, etc. I thought I'd fix the little things that were wrong once the big things got fixed... except the big things never really did get fixed. I have the PremiumCARE warranty, but it explicitly states that it doesn't cover rattles.

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Although, one time when I went in for service I saw another Focus with the passenger seat out and upside down. So I'm sure they'd cover it if you're still in bumper to bumper.
 

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I have experienced this since I've owned the car. It only happens when cold and only on my morning commute, not my afternoon. My rattling is solved when I pull the passenger seat back towards the driver's seat. Sometimes the rattle is solved, sometimes not. I'm convinced (like PratoN said) it's a component of the seat frame or rack that shrinks just enough to be annoying when cold.

I've tightened nearly everything there is to tighten, to no avail. I've always thought that the best fix would be to spray expanding insulation on all of the joints but that would limit the functionality of the seat.

I've never taken it in, and since I'm well out of warranty I never will. If it bothers me, I turn the music a little louder.
 

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Lol I can't decide whether I should just keep taking it in until they either kick me out or decide to fix the problem. The problem is they always need me to "Schedule" everything and by the time I come in, the problem could be gone. I might just need to stop by and drag someone outside when it is happening so they can see it themselves.
 

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I had an issue with my seats too, but it doesn't sound like the same thing you've got going on.

I had a clicking on my drives seat that started just a couple days after i bought the car. Mine was right under my right shoulder blade and would pop when going on and off the gas.

Had it in the shop to have it looked at, Told me that one of the spring ends had popped off. They ended up replacing the spring assembly in the back portion of the seat because they broke the spring ends off when they tried re-connecting it.
 

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So I'm turning to this forum in the hopes of fixing a super annoying problem. No it's not the transmission, which I've had in twice with not too much help. This problem involves the seat. The passenger seat has a super annoying clicking sound that occurs on random intervals when I am driving it. When it is happening bumps and vibration bring it out. I can't for the life of me find anything that is doing it. I've re-seated every connection and even started tie-wrapping things to eachother to see if it eliminates the problem. I told ford about it once and they of course moved the seat a little bit and it dissapeared. I told them I knew full well it was going to come back (it always does). They didn't really care, of course. So if I bring it in they are going to keep moving it around and saying it's fixed and wasting my time. It seems the clicking happens when I push down the left corner of the seat. Almost like it's happening in the cushioning. Does anyone have any ideas? Is there a safe way to take the cover off the seat without ruining it?

Thanks!
Has the clicking gone away since your posts? Let me know an update, along with your mileage, and the last time you were at the dealer for this; I'll see how I can best assist.

Meagan
 

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I have experienced this since I've owned the car. It only happens when cold and only on my morning commute, not my afternoon. My rattling is solved when I pull the passenger seat back towards the driver's seat. Sometimes the rattle is solved, sometimes not. I'm convinced (like PratoN said) it's a component of the seat frame or rack that shrinks just enough to be annoying when cold.

I've tightened nearly everything there is to tighten, to no avail. I've always thought that the best fix would be to spray expanding insulation on all of the joints but that would limit the functionality of the seat.

I've never taken it in, and since I'm well out of warranty I never will. If it bothers me, I turn the music a little louder.
This problem sounds exactly like the one that I'm having. I'm super frustrated right now because I explained in great detail to the Ford Service Center how the clicking is only present when it is really cold on the inside of the car. I even told them that I would drive one of their guys around so that he can hear it.

So instead, they waited until the outdoor temperature warmed up and the car sat in the sun for several hours before bringing into a heated bay to change the oil. After which, they were unable to replicate the clicking sound.

Now they are keeping my car over night and will try again in the morning. They are going to call me early and I will go there if they are unable to find the clicking sound.

This is why I fix my own cars. I figured that I would give the service department a shot since the car is under warranty.
 

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Just had this start today and heard a pop before. Not a heavy guy so cant be my weight, im only 6ft 175. May be a serious safety defect in the drivers seat, will be taking in and reporting to nhtsa.
 

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Are you referring to the earlier OT post about a driver's seat spring coming unhooked?

If so I suppose I could make you guys a separate new thread in the MkIII Problems section, tagging onto a thread about passenger seat rattles when it's not occupied kinda hides your comments here.

Edit - PM a response if you read this.
 
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