Suspension Noise Problems of Ford Focus
Ford Focus owners have reported 19 problems associated with suspension noise (under the suspension category).
#1 - Suspension Noise problem of the 2009 Ford Focus
The car is a 2009 Ford Focus. It first started when I was driving down the highway and I started to feel my steering wheel shake. Nothing major, I just thought it was out of alignment. Days later, I had my front windows rolled down when I was pulling out of my drive way and I could hear my front and rear suspension creaking really bad. And now even when the cars turned off and not moving at all its still making a high pitched screeching noise coming from the suspension noise. . . No clue how that's even possible. I know its not coming from the engine cause the cars turned completely off, and I've tested it out with the hood open to see if I could possibly hear it better but im still hearing it from the front and rear suspension area. I've googled "Ford Focus suspension problems" and tons of other people have had similar problems with their suspension from Focuses from 2000-2011. I did more reading and peoples camber will start to change to the point where they're buying new tires every year. . . Im just saying I don't want a front suspension part to break apart down the highway when im driving 70 and have me crash into a ditch or a truck or something like that. Definitely something to check out. It was March 13, 2012 when this suspension noise issue occurred.
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#2 - Suspension Noise problem of the 2010 Ford Focus
The car was a 2010 Ford Focus. The VIN of this Focus is 1FAHP3FN2A_. I had similar problem as complaint filed odi10307817. I would have a loud noise like the car suspension was bottoming out when going over moderate bumps. I also had excessive tire wear on front tires at only 32000 miles, front tires had to be replaced. Ford said they could not duplicate the problem of bottoming out after much complaining Ford finally fixed everything but said the front end was out of alignment. When asked what was done to fix the problem was informed that the subframe had to be adjusted and because of that an alignment had to be performed. I even found on Ford's website a service bulletin for there service technicians for the loud noise when bottoming out. The failure date was 06/02/2011.
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#3 - Suspension Noise problem of the 2008 Ford Focus
I have a 2008 Ford Focus, I have replace the tires on it 3 times already due to wear there is only 37,000 miles on my car. I have been given the run around from the Ford dealer there is a serious issue with the suspension on these cars and its goning to cause serious accident or even death when these cars start to fail expecially at highway speeds. I am on my fourth set of tires and they will soon need to be replaced. I am also hearing a squeaking noise coming from the right rear wheel well. I believe it is also the suspension. This issue happened on Feb. 14, 2010.
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#4 - Suspension Noise problem of the 2004 Ford Focus
The vehicle was a 2004 Ford Focus. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 1FAFP34324_. When braking there would be a squeaking and a rattling noise coming from the front suspension. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem. This suspension noise issue occurred Friday, October 8, 2004.
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#5 - Suspension Noise problem of the 2003 Ford Focus
The car was a 2003 Ford Focus. Squealing brakes, grabbing brakes, grinding noises from brakes, premature wear in front rotors, knocking noise from rear suspension, loud sqeaking noises from all suspension. Brought car into 3 different service departments a total of 10 times for all and no solution. Service didn't care enough and very rude. The failure date was Friday, October 31, 2003.
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#6 - Suspension Noise problem of the 2003 Ford Focus
Consumer has a 2003 Ford Focus. While driving 30 mph, the contact heard several squeaking noises coming from the front of the vehicle. The dealer inspected the front suspension and found the spring rubbing on the strut cover. The failure affected the front shocks on both sides of the vehicle. The dealer stated that the strut needs to be replaced, but it is not under warranty. The contact had it replaced and paid $550. 62. The current and failure mileages were 17,709. This suspension noise problem happened on May 15, 2006.
#7 - Suspension Noise problem of the 2003 Ford Focus
I recently took my 2003 Ford Focus in for suspension noise in the front. The shop took a look at it and said he had seen a lot of Focus' and escorts that have the spring on the strut break. He said there is no warning signs. The noise he was hearing was coming from the top of the strut which he said didn't appear to be a hazard but suggest I replace both front struts just in case. He said a lot of the time people won't know that their spring is broken because it will stay intact in the bottom and top strut housing. He said on other occasions the spring will come out of the housings and possibly puncture the tire. He said aftermarket brands have a stronger steel they use in their springs and recommended using the aftermarket brand instead of Ford genuine parts. That is ok with me because the aftermarket brand is cheaper. The failure date was 10/15/2007.
#8 - Suspension Noise problem of the 2002 Ford Focus
The vehicle is a 2002 Ford Focus. The VIN of this vehicle was 3FAFP37302_. The vehicle had a noise in the rear end, due to tire cupping. Which was caused by the rear suspension not settling and not being aligned. The consumer was told that Ford had an a camber kit to install to solve the settling.
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#9 - Suspension Noise problem of the 2001 Ford Focus
The car is a 2001 Ford Focus. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 1FAFP34321_. Grinding, popping noise from right front suspension. Unable to determine cause. This suspension noise problem happened on Friday, Apr. 19, 2002.
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#10 - Suspension Noise problem of the 2001 Ford Focus
The car involved was a 2001 Ford Focus. There was crash involved with this Ford Focus. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is 3FAFP31341_. Traveling on I-465 eastbound in indianapolis at approx. 60 mph. The car made a grinding sound and then the driver (my son) lost control and crossed two lanes of traffic and hit a retaining wall on the left-hand side of the road. There was one passenger with him at the time and he was following us home. We were about 100 yards in front of him at the time of the accident. The entire left front suspension, steering and tire assembly was heavily damaged. Left rear tire and suspension also damaged. Sun roof would not close. Very little exterior damage done scratched paint very small dents, almost all of the damage was done under the tire well. It was 07/14/02 when this suspension noise issue happened.
#11 - Suspension Noise problem of the 2001 Ford Focus
The car involved is a 2001 Ford Focus. Sunday morning (4/6/2008) I got in my car and backed down my driveway. While turning the wheel and going down the driveway I heard a very loud metal on metal sound. I put the car up on jack stands and inspected the suspension. I found the drivers side spring was not seated on the strut base. At this time I drove the car to sears auto repair in novi, michigan. While driving the car to sears the spring moved a couple times, made some noise, and affected the steering of the vehicle. Sears inspected the springs and found the drivers side spring was corroded and fractured in a couple places at the top. I ended up replacing both springs and it cost $436. 86. On Monday (4/7/2008) I decided to go on the internet to find out if other people had the same issue with the Ford Focus springs. I found out it was not an uncommon issue. In fact Ford issued a TSB (03m02s2) and extended the warranty on the springs to 150,000 miles or 10 years (only if serviced at a dealership). Unfortunately I found this out after I repaired the car on Sunday. I was never notified by Ford of TSB on the springs. Also, it should be noted that I bought the car used (about 1. 5 years ago) from a Ford dealership which should have inspected the vehicle for things like this (spring corrosion). On Monday (4/7/2008) I decided to call the Ford customer service line (800-392-3673) to see what can be done to reimburse my expenses and discuss the safety concern. I was told by the customer service representative that Ford did not view this as a safety concern. I am a mechanical engineer designing safety critical suspension components (not coil springs) and to me this is not an acceptable answer. If the coil spring were to fracture further and cut my tire when driving on the freeway I can imagine that would not be a very safe situation. I don't understand Ford not issuing a recall over a poor quality suspension component which could cause injury. If needed I have the old parts in my possession. This problem occurred on Sunday, April 6, 2008.
#12 - Suspension Noise problem of the 2000 Ford Focus
The vehicle is a 2000 Ford Focus. The VIN of this vehicle was 3FAFP3132Y_. Noises coming from rear suspension ( drivers side). Initially noise appeared during right turns at low corner speeds. Now the noise is apparent over dips and uneven surfaces. Accompanied by these noises are movement in the rear suspension. The suspension feels as though it is out of alignment. Ride and handling have changed due to noise. Car rides lopsided at times and runs wide in corners at higher speeds. There is increased body motion in rear at speeds above 65. The initial estimate of problem, by dealership service dept. , concluded that the rear spring was out of alignment. However, the repair did not resolve the suspension problem. I believe the problem could be the axle.
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#13 - Suspension Noise problem of the 2000 Ford Focus
The car is a 2000 Ford Focus. Vehicle pulls to the right and is making noise, the consumer feels it isn't the tires due to having rotations and alignments done, the problems could possibly be a suspension problem, tires replaced however the make/model of the tires were not provided.
#14 - Suspension Noise problem of the 2000 Ford Focus
The car is a 2000 Ford Focus. The accelorator cable stuck on the vehicle causing the rpm's to increase and the vehicle not to stop. Because of very careful driving, no one was injured. Ford claims this is a "minor problem". Secondly, phil long replaced some front suspension parts because they were defective. From that day the vehicle has had excessive front end noise. This problem occurred on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002.
#15 - Suspension Noise problem of the 2000 Ford Focus
Vehicle identification number (VIN): 3FAFP313XY_. I would like to file a complaint regarding my Ford Focus zx3 right front suspension is making a loud cluncking noise when I put the vehical in reverse/drive. I'm concern after reading that this vehicle front suspension can collapse. Investigation: pe02-044. This issue happened on 08/06/02.
#16 - Suspension Noise problem of the 2000 Ford Focus
The car involved is a 2000 Ford Focus. Vehicle has been in multiple dealerships, in TX and in ar and still nothing has been fixed. The suspension had been replaced due to bent struts faulty shocks. The brakes have been redone on 4 seperate occassions and still squeal and grind. The transmission lasted 6 months this time and is being replaced as I type. There is a wierd metal noise coming from the from right side on acceleration. All of the recalls have been completed. Did have a burning smell which the dealership could not duplicate. Excessive wind noise from the driver side window. Which the dealership blames on aftermarket wiring. Which would have nothing to do with the wind noise. The car now sways on the freeway as if the wind is pushing the car around when there is no wind. Everyone that we speak to cannot help me. The people will pull the car up on oasis and that make comments like "OH my god" and "I have never seen any Focuses with this many problems" I was a loyal Ford person. I own numerous Fords. Including a 94 cobra, 97 expedition, 86 svo, 67 gt390, and numerous others and this is very discouraging. The fuel pump has been replaced and on a recent trip I had to do 3 tuneups on the car just to get where I was going. Oil was leaking into the spark plug holes from somewhere. The car surges to no end. It is just unbelievable. The car has been to various dealerships and mechanic shops 20+ times and is still messed up. I am just glad I got the 100k mile warranty. I would like Ford to buy me out of this piece. I cannot afford to trade it in. My girlfriend is a ft student. So we are surviving on my income alone. Any help would be appreciated. This problem occurred on Monday, January 14, 2002.
#17 - Suspension Noise problem of the 2000 Ford Focus
The vehicle is a 2000 Ford Focus. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 3FAFP3131Y_. Rear suspension: every 3 months, dealer must adjust suspension components to stop loud cracking noises from occuring (3+ times) and must be repaired again next week. Front suspension has been repaired twice due to cracking/clunking noises and must be repaired again this week. Dt. This issue happened on Friday, June 1, 2001.
#18 - Suspension Noise problem of the 2000 Ford Focus
The car involved is a 2000 Ford Focus. Front end creaking, crunching, grinding and/or rattling noise from the front suspension while driving at slow speeds and/or while turning. It was Jul. 1, 2004 when this suspension noise issue occurred.
#19 - Suspension Noise problem of the 2000 Ford Focus
The vehicle involved is a 2000 Ford Focus. While driving approximately 35 mph on normal road conditions, the contact heard a loud grinding noise coming from the front end of the vehicle. Suddenly, the front end collapsed without warning. The vehicle exhibited front suspension failure and roadside assistance was called to the scene. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The failure caused the struts to separate from the axle. The technician replaced both front struts, axle, and both sway bars. The failure mileage was 52,000 and the current mileage is 52279. Updated 04/16/09. This suspension noise problem happened on Monday, February 2, 2009.
Other Suspension related problems of Ford Focus:
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Front Suspension Coil Spring problems||139|
|Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problems||82|
|Front Suspension problems||45|
|Rear Suspension problems||44|
|Multiple Axle Suspension problems||32|
|Front Suspension Control Arm problems||22|
|Suspension Noise problems||19|
|Front Suspension Hub problems||8|
|Sway Bar problems||6|
|Front Suspension Strut problems||6|
|Front Suspension Lower Control Arm problems||5|
|Rear Suspension Coil Springs problems||5|
|Rear Axle Spindle problems||5|
|Rear Suspension Shock Absorber problems||5|
|Rear Suspension Axle problems||4|