I'll bet it is the rear door latch, my 2000 Focus wagon does the same
thing. Irritating as hell, I've moved the bolt many times in an attempt
to eliminate it, but it is very tough to get set correctly and the noise
always comes back. I've more or less learned to live with it.
Nope. It wasn't the rear hatch. Good suggestion, though.
I also removed everything from the spare tire well, took the car for a test
drive, and still heard the knocking noise :(
The search for a cause led me to crawl underneath the car. Everything seems
tight, so the answer may require a visit to the dealer for a trip up the
hoist. Is there any sort of suspension component known to come loose back
there and cause a knocking sound? I have extended warranty coverage, but I
just know whatever this is won't be covered under it.
I have just got a focus , only just a year old and have a rattle from the
back if I go over speed bumps(slowly of course) that sounds like you have
left the rear hatch closed but not fully engaged. I too look at the spare
and all the bits packed inside. I mentioned it to the dealer at the first
service, they said they had adjusted the door catch, but it still makes the
same noise. I suspect something in the suspension , but have no idea where
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I have a typical 2001 SE Wagon from hell here. My does the clunk. Get used
to it. Dealer went over the thing and, like every other problem with it,
refuse to admit there is anything wrong. Get used to it.
I haven't had a look on my Focus (2litre Zetec ESP) but occasionally I get a
"clunk" from the rear when I go over speed bumps. In the past, I had a Fiat
Uno which did something similar and when the car rolled going around acute
bends at low speed. THAT turned out to be the spring on the brake bias
assembly (attached to the rear axle beam) binding through a bit of
corrosion/road muck on the coil. A squirt of WD40 sorted that out. Not sure
if the Focus has the same sort of thing as I haven't scrabbled around under
it. If it doesn't, then it may be something else binding slightly in the
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I've had rattles from my Focus to (1999 UK 1.6 Zetec). I've just had the
front 2 anti-roll bar link rods replaced, which has stopped a rattle I've
been getting from the front. But, I still get a clunking/knocking sound from
the rear over some bumps, especially when turining right at junctions. I
have no idea what it is, and am loathed to get a dealer to take a look, when
there may be a simple free fix.
The original post was re: a wagon. The clunk is in the back. BTW, I had
the "scheduled" link failure too. Right front. Two ignition tumbler
failures. Anti-theft module failre. Wears out back tires every 20,000
kms. yadda yadda yadda the list goes on. Ford dealer and Ford Canada
claim nothing is wrong. "Its a good car" etc. Last Ford for me.
Sounds like a similar problem I've got with my Mk3 Golf Tdi (I know I
know this is a Ford Forum, I post occasionally in here as my other half
has a 1.8 Zetec Focus) anyway, I get a banging bumping noise from the
rear of the car when driving even on flat roads.
I've just had the car serviced, and the mechanic couldn;t find anything
wrong with the suspension, I know the rear hatch closes tight, but he
suggested it might be the rear passenger tyre, being buckled.
Just thought I'd offer this into the equation as another train of
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Know what you are talking about.
My 2001 Focus ZTS when going over a speed bump or making a sharp turn
sometimes the rear suspension makes a loud bong , or a thump.
After "many" trips to the dealer with no results, the dealer could
replicate the sound, but could not fix it.(they even took the suspension
apart) the dealer had no clue.
I had an independent mechanic look at it and he thought that the suspension
spring were moving (twisting) and this was causing the noise. It looks that
it a typical design flaw and nothing can be done about it.
From the back end of my Focus wagon, something is thumping around. I believe
I've isolated it in the spare tire compartment. Several times I've pulled
everything out and carefully repacked it - with strips of foam to keep the
jack and tire secure and quiet. Still, the noise persists. Any idea what I
might be missing?
If your model is 2002 or before, you might want to look under the car
, in front of the the rear wheel on each side, right where the rocker
panel starts at the bottom of the rear door. Look underneath, and
you'll see a plastic shield on each side. I took those out, and my
car does not have the noise anymore. The newer models do not have
these shields. Try it
Today, I stripped out everything from the back of my car - all the way down
to the bare sheet metal.
On several occasions, I thought I had found the source of the klunk, a loose
wiring harness in the liftgate, a loose, unidentified (?) plastic panel
under the floor carpet, a pen trapped under the rear seat. Ultimately, none
of these proved to be the source of my frustration.
My car was so fully stripped down, it looked like a ralley car back there :)
Finally I climbed into the back, closed the liftgate and bounced around
until the sound reappeared. From that excercise (and I can tell you, it
_was_ excercise) I determined that the sound is coming from beneath the
car - possibly a loose upper shock mount. I'll look at those plastic
shields, but I think this will turn out to be a broken suspension part.
I've done about as much as I can, without being able to raise the car, all
that remains is for me to thank all of you for your suggestions and help.
I'll lick this thing yet, but not until next payday :) Thanks again.
"Alex" wrote ...
OK DUDE. CHILL OUT. I WILL!!! :)
I did take a quick look to see if my car has them. What do these shields
protect, and what are they protecting against? If I knew that, it might be
easier to pinpoint their location.
"Alex" wrote ...
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