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We have a hypnotic wobble/humming sound, like running over interrupted road warning groves or the side of interstate roads, we hear between 55 and 70 MPH from the driver's front side of the car. Over 70 and under 55 MPH it disappears. It does not vary with road surfaces. It is not the tires. Ford replaced the front left wheel bearing to no avail. Ford cannot find the cause but keeps saying they are working on it. This noise has been reported and documented by the dealer to Ford in early August one month after the purchase of our Focus. As of today, Ford still has not responded with a solution. See Ford OASIS SSM 21985 which says to monitor OASIS for further updates.

We first noticed this noise when the MTS crashed and would not let us listen to the radio. Now it is very distinct, so much so it can be heard with the radio on. My wife is very apprehensive about the noise as it is constant at the speeds she drives. [bawling]

Has anyone else had or noticed this problem? Was it reported and solved and if so how?
 

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This sounds exactly what mine was doing and all mine was due to low air pressure. They were at 25 psi, aired them to 35 and the sound is almost all gone.
Now it very, very faint so I am pretty sure it is just tire-rubber related. These tires still have plenty of tread left but after reading reviews others have stated that the rubber becomes hard at noisy. The tires are the barum bravuris and will be my last set.
Hope this helps.....
 

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I would have Ford replace the front right wheel bearing as well. Sometimes bearings are hard to pinpoint the sound and sound like they're coming from opposite idk why. A good test is to put load on it at speed, so like when no one is around at 70mph swerve somewhat aggressively both ways.
 

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This sounds exactly what mine was doing and all mine was due to low air pressure. They were at 25 psi, aired them to 35 and the sound is almost all gone.
Now it very, very faint so I am pretty sure it is just tire-rubber related. These tires still have plenty of tread left but after reading reviews others have stated that the rubber becomes hard at noisy. The tires are the barum bravuris and will be my last set.
Hope this helps.....
Thanks for the comeback. The dealer put our Focus on a vibration system to check it and the tires were ruled out. That was the very first thing I checked as well. I am also on the 1st rotation of the tires, at proper inflation rates of 37 PSI, and the noise is very much still there.

Drive with the radio and fans off between 55 and 70 MPH and listen to see if you still hear the noise, you may be having the same problem. It is not as prevalent in some Focus models, mine is the Titanium Hatch back. Ford is aware of this so it indicates it is a known & documented non-tire related problem.
 

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I would have Ford replace the front right wheel bearing as well. Sometimes bearings are hard to pinpoint the sound and sound like they're coming from opposite idk why. A good test is to put load on it at speed, so like when no one is around at 70mph swerve somewhat aggressively both ways.
Thanks, FORD replaced the front wheel bearing and the noise is still there.
 

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I get the same sound, But since I have a manual, I put it in nuetral when the sound is the worse and it pretty much goes away... Could this be a pulley issue?
 

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Thanks, FORD replaced the front wheel bearing and the noise is still there.
I wish I knew. My wife is all over me about this noise and says she never will trust a Ford again unless this noise is resolved. The hypnotic humming, much like a meditation chant, almost lulled me to sleep the other night driving 200 miles back home.

Our transmission in our 2012 Focus hatch back is the 6 speed auto and we are in the 6th gear when we notice it.
 

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We have a hypnotic wobble/humming sound, like running over interrupted road warning groves or the side of interstate roads, we hear between 55 and 70 MPH from the driver's front side of the car. Over 70 and under 55 MPH it disappears.
Hi jimmyt,

Sounds like your dealer is thoroughly inspecting it, but please PM me your VIN, contact information, mileage, & servicing dealer name/state and I'll assist.

Thanks!

~Natasha
 

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Hi jimmyt,

Sounds like your dealer is thoroughly inspecting it, but please PM me your VIN, contact information, mileage, & servicing dealer name/state and I'll assist.

Thanks!

~Natasha
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Please provide me with your E-mail ad I will. I do not use twitter or facebook.
No problem. I'll send you a PM with it shortly. If you do not feel comfortable providing the information online, you are welcome to contact our Customer Relationship Center at 800.392.3673. [:)]

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We have a hypnotic wobble/humming sound, like running over interrupted road warning groves or the side of interstate roads, we hear between 55 and 70 MPH from the driver's front side of the car. Over 70 and under 55 MPH it disappears. It does not vary with road surfaces. It is not the tires. Ford replaced the front left wheel bearing to no avail. Ford cannot find the cause but keeps saying they are working on it. This noise has been reported and documented by the dealer to Ford in early August one month after the purchase of our Focus. As of today, Ford still has not responded with a solution. See Ford OASIS SSM 21985 which says to monitor OASIS for further updates.

We first noticed this noise when the MTS crashed and would not let us listen to the radio. Now it is very distinct, so much so it can be heard with the radio on. My wife is very apprehensive about the noise as it is constant at the speeds she drives. [bawling]


Has anyone else had or noticed this problem? Was it reported and solved and if so how?
Welcome in the club,I got this problem since I bought the car in June.And to give you an update,engineers have apparently found the source of the problem a few weeks ago and it would be some bad bearings.The "new" bearings are apparently available but dealerships are waiting for the new TSB before ordering the parts to fix this issue.

The message was suppose to be out this week but again I was told to wait.After 19 weeks,me being pis.. off is an understatement.
 

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I have this exact problem in my '01 ZX3, I get up to highway speeds and i get this kind of clunking noise coming from the drivers side, i even asked my dad for any ideas as to what it could be seeing as he usually knows if i don't and he's just as stumped as I am.
 

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Beepster, Nothing new, although I had a follow-up call from Ford CS today. I asked some pointed questions they could not answer. The fellow I spoke with said he would ask some contacts of his own to find out what he could. I asked what, where/why and how soon this could be fixed. I went on to say I was concerned that if it is taking so long to solve would this problem be taken care of if my warranty ran out. As of today nothing has changed with the TSB.

I went on to talk about my thread on Focus Frantics, which has enabled me to find out I was not the only one reporting this problem. I also told them that my wife is apprehensive about driving with this noise as she drives at the speeds it occurs. That when she is asked about how she likes her Titanium she tells people asking what is going on so Ford is not getting good press. Our Focus is good looking and several people each week ask how we like it.
 

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Beepster, Nothing new, although I had a follow-up call from Ford CS today. I asked some pointed questions they could not answer. The fellow I spoke with said he would ask some contacts of his own to find out what he could. I asked what, where/why and how soon this could be fixed. I went on to say I was concerned that if it is taking so long to solve would this problem be taken care of if my warranty ran out. As of today nothing has changed with the TSB.

I went on to talk about my thread on Focus Frantics, which has enabled me to find out I was not the only one reporting this problem. I also told them that my wife is apprehensive about driving with this noise as she drives at the speeds it occurs. That when she is asked about how she likes her Titanium she tells people asking what is going on so Ford is not getting good press. Our Focus is good looking and several people each week ask how we like it.
Thanks,
I will call my service manager tomorrow for news.I also got a lot of people saying they like the look of the car.A few times I gave them the key to try it .And each time they said:"WTF" and looked at another car.In the past 4 and a half month ,I must have cost Ford at least 35 sales.This car doesn't belong on the road and with winter coming soon ,I can't imagine how dangerous this car will be to drive at the speed I drive right now so I can stop hearing that bearing noise.

I'm really sick of it.
 

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This morning I called my service manager and he had news.Even if the TSB is not out ,he was able to find the number for the new bearings that are suppose to fix the noise and vibration issue.He's suppose to call me once he get them to get this and other issues fixed.I'm not celebrating or calling this good news.I'm still not sure how long it will take and even less if it gonna fix the problem or not.If it fix the problem ,I won't have a smile on my face because I'm so tired of all the BS.The "bad bearings" story came out in august ,only a week after the TSB was out.Why did it take 3 months before anything was done is beyond me.

If this doesn't fix the car ,I hope someone has a "plan B",because I'm not driving that POS another 5 month until they try something else.

Whatever happens this will be my last Ford ever!!
 

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Beepster, That is great news. I will let you be the Ginny Pig on this one. Please give me the part number and maybe a phone number for my dealership service manager to contact yours if this works.

Best....jimmyt
 

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If you go on the " Issues with new 2012 Ford Focus" thread,page 11 post 127,you'll see that sirhawkeye reported the exact same solution and it fixed his problem.But it was done on the 20th of August! I spoke to my dealership about that many times and they sais there were no official TSB's about that.So when they told me the solution a few weeks ago ,I was far from impressed.
 

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Breaking news!!!

This morning 8:45,got a call from the dealership saying the "new magic bearings" are in.They sent someone with a loaner about 90 min later to pick up the car.I may get news late this afternoon to see if it works or not.

My expectations are very low and the loaner I got is an 07 Focus with no power window or any kind of sound insulation.But it's still more quiet than the 2012 I own.

Will keep you informed and if works will post the part number and brand of bearing.
 

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Was expecting some news this afternoon and nothing.I really doubt that they didn't had time to do the bearings after picking up the car so quickly in the morning.This looks bad.I should get some news tomorrow.
 
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