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Old 08-04-2005, 13:01   #1 (permalink)
Matt
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2005 zx3: clunking sound?

Hi -

I just bought a rather stripped-down 2005 Ford Focus ZX3 - all it's
got is AC in the way of extras. It currently has about 700 miles on
it. Over the last week or so, I've been noticing a kind of clunking
sound coming from the left rear corner of the vehicle when I'm driving,
particularly if I'm on a dirt road or going over bumps. It sounds like
it's coming from the left rear wheel well, but it *could* be the rear
seat latch. Maybe it's been doing it since I bought it, maybe not - if
there's any sound in the car (stereo, road noise, etc.) I can't hear
it. Question is, has anyone experienced this? Anyone know what it is?

Thanks -

Matt

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Old 08-04-2005, 18:01   #2 (permalink)
Dave Gower
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Re: 2005 zx3: clunking sound?


"Matt" <stoker1383@gmail.com> wrote

> ... Over the last week or so, I've been noticing a kind of clunking
> sound coming from the left rear corner of the vehicle when I'm driving,
> particularly if I'm on a dirt road or going over bumps.


I'd check to see if your spare tire and associated jack and handle are
secure.


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Old 08-04-2005, 18:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 2005 zx3: clunking sound?

I have the same problem on a 2000 Estate (UK). I have completely removed the
rear seats, and it sounds the same only louder. It's been doing it for over
2 years now. I got a friend to drive the car whilst l lay in the back. It
sounds underneath, and is a dull heavy thud, but no sign of anything loose
or worn. Car has covered over 12K miles and it isn't getting better or worse
.. Four garages have looked at it, but failed to find any fault.
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Old 08-04-2005, 19:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: 2005 zx3: clunking sound?

yeah, I think I figured out what it was. I don't know how earlier
models of the Focus work, but when you fold the rear seats down, you
need to first fold the seat cushions up (the part you sit on in the
back seat), and then fold the back rests down. The cushions that you
sit on in the back seat (just being overly specific here so you know
what I'm talking about) have a metal shield on the underside, so that
when they fold up, there's a metal shield between whatever's in the
expanded trunk and you in the front.

I think it was the metal of the cushion's underside bumping against the
metal body of the car that was making the sound. but it should have
some padding there, I think, 'cause it's loud and annoying when the
seat's up.

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