front end clunking

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Sales and Service' started by graynicolas11, Dec 7, 2014.

  1. graynicolas11

    graynicolas11 Active Member

    Anybody else having this issue? when I pull into parking lots, speed bumps etc. there's some sort of clunking in my front end, I think it's on the right front. also notice it when im braking, but that could just be the brakes and my paranoia. Not sure what it could be. When it was on the lift to put my winters on didn't notice anything but it's going to ford on Thursday to get looked at as its only getting louder, it also needs an alignment so might as well get both done at the same time. Could it be because I'm on lowering springs. The guy who put them on also broke my passenger side sway bar end link as he said it was loose and tried to tighten it but it snapped? but he replaced it so I'm not sure if its that either. Any ideas?
     
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  3. RDgolfer

    RDgolfer Active Member

    What's up fellow FiST owner...the lowering springs need to be positioned into the correct position in the top hat...if not, snap, crackle, pop...there is a thread somewhere under suspension that may address your problem and how to fix it...mahalo!
     
  4. kamakazee

    kamakazee Active Member

    I had a dull clunking noise issue a few months back that was intermittent. It happened during low speeds and coming to a stop. After a few trips to Ford. The techs pin pointed the sound to a loose lower crossmember bolt. I had H&R springs as well which they initially thought was to blame but I told them that I had no such issue with my previous Fiesta SE which had lowering springs as well with 35,000 miles. Typically noise like which you described are chassis/suspension related. Good luck.
     
  5. mysticfac3

    mysticfac3 Member

    i have similar sounds
    clunks at low speed on bumbs as the front end sounds loose
    it is getting checked on Monday as well as my door ajar light with asked all doors closed
     
  6. mysticfac3

    mysticfac3 Member

    so the clunk is the top plate coming to an end THE CAR HAS 13K kms

    the door ajar is a faulty hood switch
     
  7. Applejack

    Applejack Active Member

    Can I ask what you mean by "top plate"?
     
  8. mysticfac3

    mysticfac3 Member

    tech told me suspension top plate, the thing with the bearing on top
    (keep in mind I'm in Quebec I'm translating what he told me)
     
  9. Applejack

    Applejack Active Member

    Oh, yes... we call this the upper strut mount. Strut mounts should last the life of a strut (50-75K miles). 13K kms is very short life. Could have had a defective flaw in it.
     
  10. mysticfac3

    mysticfac3 Member

    Flaw or really bad roads

    I remember a pot hole coming to a stop quite quickly, vert loud bang...twice hahaha weight transfert + hole equals damage apparently
     
  11. Applejack

    Applejack Active Member

    True indeed. Enough force, anything will break. My father was a Mercedes mechanic for over 40 years. He once told me a story about a failed strut mount. The strut mount catastrophically failed and the strut made a nice hole through the hood. I believe it was on a 1991 500SL.
     
  12. FordService

    FordService Official Ford Representative

    Hi graynicolas11,

    How did your dealer trip go? Please let me know, along with your mileage, so I can check into some options.

    Meagan
     
  13. FordServiceCA

    FordServiceCA Official Ford Representative

    I'm happy to assist, mysticfac3. What's the service update? Please feel free to reply in French if you'd like. :)

    Kwasi
     
  14. mysticfac3

    mysticfac3 Member

    Everything is on order.
    They will call me when they receive the parts.

    I'm happy to say that I'm very happy with overall Ford service compared to my previous Mitsubishi and Nissan.
    Keep it up Ford!!
     
  15. graynicolas11

    graynicolas11 Active Member

    well Meagan, I brought it to Ford and I'm not sure if they took it for a drive or not but they replaced both my front stabilizer links as they were loose and had a bit of play (under warranty at least). but that hasn't solved the problem as it's still clunky. As soon as I pulled away from the parking spot I heard it and all I could think of was "great". Maybe it's just something I'll have to learn to put up with or do a bit more research on but apparently that's all they could find.
    I have noticed it seems to be only clunky a) at slow speeds b) while turning.. going at normal driving speed, straight, hitting bumps and pot holes I hear nothing..it is strange.
    my mileage is 42,100kms Thank you!
     
  16. mysticfac3

    mysticfac3 Member

    Exact same symptoms that I have
    Slow, turning. Have them check upper strut mount
     
  17. Applejack

    Applejack Active Member

    I bet the upper strut mount / bearing is the same as the standard Fiesta's. The harder suspension of the FiST, along with harsh road conditions / corrosion, is pulverizing the bearing.

    You've been a bad bearing!

    [​IMG]
     
  18. FordService

    FordService Official Ford Representative

    No problem! :)

    I see you mentioned kilometers; I'm looping in our Ford Canada rep, Kwasi, on this for further assistance. :)

    Meagan
     
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  19. FordServiceCA

    FordServiceCA Official Ford Representative


    Awesome to hear, mysticfac3. :) Your satisfaction is what we strive for. I'm hopeful the parts will soon be received and the vehicle fixed. I'll be here if you have any questions.

    Kwasi
     
  20. graynicolas11

    graynicolas11 Active Member

    Okay Kwasi, what do you think I should do? take It back to ford and say its still clunking and get them to check the upper strut mounts or what?
     
  21. I am already having the issue at 1300Miles! Front Left.... Gonna call ford tomorrow, car is just bone stock not a single mod done yet....
     

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