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Rattling noise on the right side of ford focus wont start. sound like a loose can in engine

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Rattling speakers?
1) Check speaker mounts - loose / missing screw? 2) The speaker driver quite possibly could be blown (paper cone or magnetic coil damage).
I would have the speaker in question removed and tested.

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My 2003 Ford focus is making a rattling sound by the driver side in the engine when I go over a bump or pot hole what could this be?


There are a number of things which can do that. If someone did not properly fasten the aircleaner down it will rattle. You can get a rattle out of the shielding for your Catalytic converters and sometimes gravel will get caught in the shielding and rattle with every bounce.

There is a good possibility the rattle is your front brake pads which is why they make a compound to glue the pad to the caliper. To check this, just lightly hit the brakes enough to make the calipers work and if the noise is reduced or stops, then that is your problem. Do this when going over the bumps and potholes.

Another possibility is the joint from the exhaust header to the Catalytic pipe. There is a round metallic gasket usually called a "donut" which can work loose with engine vibration. This will sometimes chirp when you go to Reverse and back to a forward gear.

I hope one of these will solve your problem.

Mar 06, 2011 | 2003 Ford Focus

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My ford focus zetec makes a rattleing noise


spraying WD40 on drive belts is not a good option as it can cause slippage it is better to use silicon spray or ordinary soap,rub the soap on the belt when the engine is stopped,as for the squeak it could well be the tensioner replace it first it may be the cheapest to start with.....hope this helps....cheers

Jul 26, 2010 | 2001 Ford Focus

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Rattle on front of the car when i go over uneven ground


May be a loose or worn STRUT. Open the hood and look off to either side about in the middle. You will see a bulge in the fender well with a bolt and a washer and a nut on either side. That will be the top of the strut. Push firmly down on a strong place of the body and look and listen. A loose or worn strut will make a noise right then and there. Good luck.

Feb 06, 2010 | 2003 Ford Focus

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Ford Focus 2.0tdci 2005 - Engine suddenly lacking power / noises


One of the air intake pipes had come loose. Fastened the jubilee clip back up and it was like having a new car!

Jan 24, 2010 | 2005 Ford Focus

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I have a 2001 Ford ranger supercab that makes rattling noises. It has a 4.0L SOHC. It makes a very fast and loud metallic rattle wich softens anfter about a second or so when I first start it for the day....


4.0l's are notorious for valve rattle on cold start-up. There is really nothing you can do to make it go away short of completely replacing the valve train in the top end, and that isn't a permanent fix. It's is an top end oiling issue from the factory. Just don't race your engine on cold start-up until the rattle stops.

The rattle in the transmission sounds to me to be more of a loose dust shield/heat shield around the transmission or exhaust than a mechanical issue.

Oct 20, 2009 | 2000 Ford Ranger SuperCab

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Ford Focus Rattle


catalytic converter is probably rattling, they do that when they are on the way out, performance will be effected, as it block's, engine cant exhaut properly !

Sep 19, 2009 | 2004 Ford Focus

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Engine vibration at start up


water pump by teh sound of it seal ok but bearing going

Nov 12, 2008 | 2002 Ford SVT Focus

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Clutch vibrating


Two reasons for this. Rattling is usually faulty pressure plate which means clutch overhaul. Depending on which Focus some have a rubber mounted flywheel which dies and must be replaced. Either way its gearbox out and check. First check all gearbox and engine mounts, but it sounds more serious.

Jun 30, 2008 | 2003 Ford Focus

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Ford Focus


Exactly the same problem.

2000-2003 Focus vehicles may exhibit a noise from the right halfshaft support bearing.

Due to the way the driveshaft is designed there is central bearing on the the shaft. On the front drivers side it has the tendency to hum at speeds over 40mph. This is the first sign that is the bearing is going. According to Ford it can be quite common in cars of 50-60k plus. If you don't notice the hum (I didn't really) you will eventually start to get a ticking/crackling noise at speed, which will gradually get worse and take less travel time to get going. Eventually the bearing will just seize, so it is worth getting it sorted.

Unfortunately even private mechanics will have to source the bearing, which isn't cheap, so it will cost around 125-150 quid at the garage to fix. It can be a pretty fiddly job, as the whole driveshaft needs to come out (not easy in high mileage cars due to build up of grime etc), so I wouldn't attempt to replace at home unless experienced.

May 28, 2008 | 2003 Ford Focus

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