I'm a newish Xr6 owner and I have some concerns that I'm not sure are valid or not, hence I'm after some advice from the knowledgeable ones in here! :s2:
I have an AUII XR6, VCT (5-speed manual). Registered in Nov 2000 and had done about 8k when I bought it in May, it's now done about 18k.
I absolutely LOVE the car, but there's a bit of a clunking noise that exhibits itself occasionally that has me concerned. It sounds as if it's from the rear of the vehicle.
It appears to occur mostly when reversing slowly, or when coasting to a stop at traffic lights etc. I think it's there at other times, but I'm not sure. To the non-technical me, it sounds like a banging muffler (stop laughing), but I've visually checked all that I can with no success.
I've also had a single 'clunk' as I start off after a stop, but that's from the front-end somewhere (sounds like RH front corner, but...). This comes and goes.
I also have a rattle in the RH passenger door, that's been "fixed" once but come back! Drives me mad....
Oh yeah, the other thing is that sometimes 1st gear is real hard to select after you've stopped at lights etc. On occasion, I've had to put into neutral, clutch, declutch, clutch and try again. I've reported this and was told that it was tested and that it was 'within tolerances'.
All of these things are intermittent, should I make a pain of myself down at the local dealer, or is this 'normal'?
All advice appreciated. I must stress that I love the car, but didn't have these noises on the previous EL Futura, so....
PS: Yes, I have had the 15k service performed - no bad reports.
How goes it? Have an AUII XR6HP myself (built also in Nov 2000) and it had a really annoying clunking noise from the front of the car. Also have done about the same amount of k's as you. The clunking noise wasn't noticeable with normal driving, but was really bad stopping and starting in bumper to bumper traffic (the joys of living in Sydney). I thought the problem might be a sticking brake caliper or something. Took the car in for its 15,000km service the other day and they sorted the problem. They said it was the ball joints clicking, so they did something a rather to them (I know they didn't replace them) and it has gone away. I had an AUI XR6HP before this car and didn't have any of these problems with it, so it may be a build problem in Nov 2000.
Mention the issue to your Ford dealer (tell them my story if you have to) in case they are hopeless and can't work it out. They are probably aware of it anyway (ie. it's a recall they'll pick-up when they do your service if you mention it, but they won't go to the hassle to notify everyone that may have the fault).
A friend of mine just picked up his AUIII Fairmont and it had a clunking sound when coming to a stop. He took it back to the dealer and they said that the ball joints were buggered and would have to be repaced. It couldn't be done immediately because apparently there is a big back log of cars that need to have them fixed.
One would think that since 1998 when the AU came out, they could get rid of problems like these.
New Ford balljoints are still knocking we have 20 new Falcons at work & they all knock.Ford had problems with the pinch bolt to begin with , I dont know why they keep changing these things.When your on a good thing stick to it. Its not good engineering , one day im going to meet one of these designers & stuff him or her up the exhaust pipe.
whoa..i thought I was theonly one@!!..have a April 2001 AU2 XR6 VCT, hashad from day one, that annoying front clunk on slowing down and starting, Ford has had it twice and they say 'i dunno or cant hear anything'. Had its 15,000 last week and still no answers, but there you go, its a known issue !?!?....
I'll let you know the results of the service tomorrow. I'm going to tell them that if they can't reproduce the noises, to give me a yell and I'll come and take them for a drive. I reckon I can make it happen again.
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