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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-11-09, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Clunk when I get inside my parked Focus

Hi there,

first time focus owner, I have a 2000 focus comfort, and when I get into my car (not turned on, parked, with e-brake engaged) I heard a clunk. also if I were to rock back and forth, a similair clunk is heard. However when I pull up my ebrake further up, the clunk goes away. Is this something I should be worried about? is it the ebrake? or just normal cold/creaks that goes along with a 10-year old car.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-11-09, 06:59 PM
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Re: Clunk when I get inside my parked Focus

Does it sound like it's coming from the seat area? When you rock it back and forth, do you do that from outside?
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Re: Clunk when I get inside my parked Focus

I do it from the inside. Just did some more checking. And when the ebrake isn't engaged or pulled up the entire way, the clunking noise is completely gone.
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Re: Clunk when I get inside my parked Focus

Maybe the seat bolts are loose and applying the park brake flexes the floor enough to hold the tension against them. They don't have to be very loose to do that. Try cinching them down.
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Re: Clunk when I get inside my parked Focus

Hmm it doesn't sound like it's coming from the inside of the vehicle. Could it still be the seats. Are they fastened to the frame therefore it would resonate loudly as a clunk. That would make sense.
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Re: Clunk when I get inside my parked Focus

There's no frame since it's a unibody but the bolts go down into a strong part of it so in an accident, the seat won't tear out. Check them just to be sure. We had a Crown Vic with one loose and it would pop.
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Re: Clunk when I get inside my parked Focus

Check the rear brakes/parking brake for play or possibly a bad spring(?)? Rocking the vehicle would put strain on the parking brake system, and as you mentioned, the sound is absent when the brake isn't used.

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