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I bought my Titanium 1.8 several weeks ago..all great until a few days ago when i have noticed a really annoying creaking noise when driving slowly coming from the doors or interior panels area.
Anyone else had this problem?
Ideas to cure it?
Driving me nuts!

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Hi thanks for reply.
The creaking seems to be coming from the drivers door and offside rear passenger door.Only occurs at very slow speed when turning.I read a post(sorry not sure if it was yours)advising vaseline on the seals.Hasn't seemed to have helped.I even got my wife to drive up the lane where we live whilst i sat in the back furiously trying to find the cause! One thing that worked was driving with the back door ajar!...but that isn't really an option!!
Funny how something minor can drive you mad.
Silicone spray i think next......
Any more thoughts?
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I know how you feel. I recently bought a 56 1.8 Ghia which had the same problem. I found a post on another forum which recommended a product called Einszett Gummi Pflege. I ordered some online and tried it and it has made a big difference to the creaking. I bought mine from a company called Shinearama Ltd and it arrived within a couple of days
 

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I have tried looking on Shinearama Ltd for the product you mentioned but cannot seem to find it.Can you confirm what it was called again?

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Uncanny. I posted a very similar question on the Ford Focus General Dicussion board today. I too have exactly the same creak.Purchased my 56 1.8 zetec just a week ago. Quiet as a mouse on the road, but take it around the side streets, and over road humps and somewhere around the rear doors is a creak.

I also thought it might be the door seals rubbing together, i.e. the one on the door rubbing agains the one on the door frame as the car flexes. Word of warning - don't use vaseline or any products like it. They all attack rubber, and will ruin your seals. I am going to try spraying my seals with Silicon spray - you can get it from Halfords. It looks and works like a lubricant, but doesn't harm the rubber.

I am a but peaved though. I had a 1994 Passat for 10 years, and it never creaked once. I would have thought that the body rigidity of the C1 Focus platform would be up there with the best, particularly as it's handling is well regarded. My car has only done 18k miles too! I dread to think what it would sound like if it reaches 130k miles like my old Passat!!!

The rear parcel shelf tends to clatter about over rough roads too. I think you notice it more because the car is quite hushed otherwise.
 

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I've had my wife sitting in the back trying to hear where the creaking is coming from but now after the fourth time of asking her i'm afraid she might hit me!!

The noise dosn't bother her..is it just me!?
If you could dig the info out from ford i would but most grateful.....
 

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I strongly recommend you get Ford to do it - B pillar trim is very difficult to put back into place:

Subject/Concern: Ticking noise from B-pillar when driving / cornering on rough roads

Model:

Focus C-MAX 2003.75 (06/2003–) Build Date: 01.06.2003 Onwards

Build Code: 3Y Onwards

Focus 2004.75 (07/2004–) - only 5-door and wagon Build Date: 07/2004 Onwards

Build Code: 4D Onwards

Markets: All

Section: 501-25G

Summary



Should a customer express concern that there is ticking noise from
the B-pillar, in the area of the opening for the front safety belt,
when driving / cornering on rough roads, the probable cause is the
sheet metal sticking between the B-pillar panel spot welding points.
The noise is generated by the sheet metal breaking away from the spot
welds between the panel.


In general this noise can only be heard/recognised on the driver or the passenger side.



To rectify this concern, the dip-primer between the B-pillar spot
panel welding points should be "cracked" with the use of the weaker
plastic side of the wheel brace (part of the vehicle tools). To prevent
further sticking of the sheet metals between the B-pillar panel spot
welding points, multi-function spray should be applied to the reworked
areas.


CAUTION: Make sure that only the weaker plastic side of the wheel
brace is used. The use of any metal object may cause damage to the
paint surface (especially when slipping down).




Parts Required

Description Finis Code Quantity

Multi-function spray (200 ml) 1 321 554 1

Labor Time

Operation Description Operation No. Time

B-Pillar Trim Panel - Remove And Install (Upper) 43 614 0 -

B-Pillar Trim Panel - Remove And Install (Lower) 43 617 1 -

Cracking The Dip-Primer Between The B-Pillar Panel Spot Welding Points (One Side) - additional 0,2 hours

Repair/Claim Coding

Causal Part: 00012 RH; 00013 LH

ACES Condition Code: 41

OASIS 702100, 702300



Service Instruction

See Summary.



1. Remove the wheel brace which is located under the spare wheel in the luggage compartment.



2. Remove the B-Pillar trim panel (lower and upper). For additional
information, refer to Focus 2004.75 / Focus C-MAX 2003.75 Workshop
Manual Section 501-05.


1. Rear door opening weatherstrip

2. Front scuff plate trim panel

3. Front door opening weatherstrip

4. B-pillar upper trim panel retaining screws cover

5. B-pillar upper trim panel retaining screws

6. Front safety belt lower anchor

7. Upper B-pillar trim panel

8. Lower B-pillar trim panel retaining clips

9. Lower B-pillar trim panel

10. Lower B-pillar trim panel retaining clips



3. CAUTION: Only use the weaker plastic side of the wheel brace.

Crack the dip-primer between the B-pillar panels at the rear door opening.



Move the weaker plastic side of the wheel brace (part of the vehicle tools) into the gaps between the sheet panel.

• NOTE: There could be areas at the B-pillar were no sticking of
the sheet metal exists and accordingly no audible "cracking" noise can
be heard. In these areas no further action is required.


Carefully push the tool, by hand, into the gap until an audible "cracking" noise can be heard.

Repeat this for all other gaps on both sides (middle/outer panel
and middle/inner panel) between the lock striker and the front safety
belt fixing point.


4. Repeat the previous step for the same areas of the B-pillar at the front door opening.



5. Unroll the safety belt fully from the front safety belt retractor.

Fix the safety belt to the head restraint.

Cover the safety belt retractor with a clean cloth to avoid any contamination.



6. CAUTION: Do not contaminate the safety belt.

Apply multi-function spray (see Parts Required):

Into the opened gaps between the sheet panel of the B-pillar.

• NOTE: Direction of spraying.



Spray the multi-function spray in the direction of the arrows into the marked holes.



7. To install all other components, reverse the removal procedure.
 

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paul17 said:
I've had my wife sitting in the back trying to hear where the creaking is coming from but now after the fourth time of asking her i'm afraid she might hit me!!



The noise dosn't bother her..is it just me!?

If you could dig the info out from ford i would but most grateful.....
BTW Paul, can you hit reply on the posts and quote them in your replies
please. It's hard to work out what you are saying to whom.
 
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