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Exact same issues

I've been lurking for a few days since I picked up my Kona Blue GT manual last Saturday. I was planning on registering soon anyway but this "creaking" issue has started on mine as well so I went ahead and registered so hey everyone .

Just a little about me. I am a ASE certified tech and service manager over a repair shop for one of the quick lube chains here in the south. Been a tech for 20 years.

Let me start by saying I love this car and feel fortunate to own it. It was fine the first 200 miles. After that I started noticing a popping noise in left front suspension. Thought I may have heard a little in the right front to but not sure.

As some have stated it's like you can feel it in the floorboard. Not only that but I was at a local shopping center not long after it started the "popping" noise and hit a few speed breakers and it made the loudest "squawking" sound in the front suspension every time I hit one. I instantly think "great the struts are noisy on my brand new car"

That was Monday when I was out running errands.
Ok now It's Tuesday and I had every intention of putting it on the lift at work and just giving it a good ol checkout to see if I could find any problems but alas I had not the time Tuesday and 12 hours work in 1 day is enough for anybody in my book. It had not changed any Tuesday, Very consistent.

Now It's Wednesday and we slowed up a little in the evening so I pulled her in and lifted her up. Looked at all the usual suspects I would normally look at on an "older" car with these symptoms. Struts, Strut mounts, Lower control arms and bushings, Sway bar and bushings, Tie rod ends etc.

Physically looking and pulling, tugging on everything. No play was found in any of it. My experience tells me It's a strut or strut plate issue just from the sound I'm hearing but I could not find a problem. Granted I was tired as hell by then and surely could have missed something but I don't think I did.

Ok so no discoveries at that time and I know I'll be taking it into Ford soon for this so no biggie. At least I know It's safe. Or is it? Guess there's no sure fire way to know but anyway no play was found in any front end component.

Also It does it on take off very very consistently. Like clockwork. Engine mounts as some have suggested? I don't think so, I still think It's strut related.

All this being said I'm watching this thread closely to see if a confirmed fix is found before I head to Ford. No sense making repeated trips and going through that hell if I think they can't get it right the first time. I will continue to look at it myself when time permits and maybe I'll come up with something.

Another thing that's strange, After about the first 20 miles driving after taking it off the lift it did not do it anymore. It did come back though and was no different than before.

On another note mine has the 3.73 option. Is everybody's rear diff unpainted? Mines not and It's covered in rust... I'm not at all happy about that.

Anyway glad to have the car and glad to be here. Maybe I can contribute something .

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Having this issue as well. It was not there when I first got the car but now at 500 miles on the odometer, it is clunking and groaning. Hoping for a fix soon. In the meantime trying to decide whether it is worth bringing in to the dealer to get the arms or bushings replaced when that seems to only buy time until the problem returns.

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I'm still waiting for better reports. How many claims does it take til they issue a TSB? This seems pretty common on all new 2012's and the last batch of 11s. I'll just wait to get on a wreck when my control arm breaks so I can sue Ford and live the sweet life if I survive the wreck. J/K but has anyone had this problem solved yet?

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I received my car back on Monday after the dealer replaced both of the lower control arms. Now it has only been three days, but I am unable to reproduce any of the groaning, creaking, etc. So far I am happy with the repair, obviously. I know some people stated that it just muffled the sound, but mine is truly gone as of this point. Hopefully it stays this way and then I can finally starting adding some pieces to the car. I will give another update next week or sooner if the noise comes back.

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WOW, you mean there's a common problem that I don't have?!?! Sweet!
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For those that had their control arms replaced and the sound went away. Could you please post the part numbers and quantity listed on the work order?

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Right side started doing it today

It's confirmed. Mine is doing it on the right front as well. Very noticeable on the way home from work just now. Equally noisy on both sides. Forgot to mention previously mine is a 2012. 200 miles on it when this started.
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Anomalous- let us know what you discover in your poking around. This seems like a fairly fixable problem. The suspension on these cars is not terribly complicated. The solution should be much easier than tranny or engine issues.
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On another note mine has the 3.73 option. Is everybody's rear diff unpainted? Mines not and It's covered in rust... I'm not at all happy about that.
=( Yeah, they dont come painted and that is very frustrating. I saw the underneath of mine yesterday (brand new 2012) and it is 100% rust. Looks like a big ugly turd underneath with all the rest of that beauty.

Update on my car after they replaced the bushing at 300 miles: At 1300 miles now and no new bushing problems.

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If I find anything I'll for sure post it. My biggest problem is finding time to look at it. We've been busier than a 1 legged man in an ass kicking contest lately. I may schedule dealer visit soon if I don't get time to look at it.

Well my rear diff isn't gonna stay that way. Laying plans now to clean all that rust off and paint it. Some times you got to wonder what they were thinking...
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Any updates from anyone on this?
Took my GT to the dealer today and got the old "it's normal, the mustang is such a stiff suspension, they just do that". I had to laugh since my mustang is by FAR the most softly sprung of all my cars (all OEM mind you). And no, it isn't normal, it didn't make such a racquet when I picked it up. Guess I will look for another dealer - and/or hopefully a real fix from ford or this forum.
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So far my sound has gone away or reduced to negligible levels. This all happened after an hour on the road coarse. I guess things finally "broke" in. I can't help but think being built int he cold of winter affecting things like this. Especially when they're transferred and sold in the lower states.

I will update if the sounds come back.
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Still clacking along... Probably call dealer Monday.
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I picked up a 2012 GT a couple of weeks ago and had the same issue that a lot of you are describing. When I took the car back to the dealership it took about 5 seconds of driving it for the tech to hear what I was talking about. Long story short, they replaced the lower control arms on the advice of Ford and the problem has disappeared altogether. I noticed some people asking for the part numbers from the replacements and thought I would offer up my workorder for anyone interested. Hope this helps!
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Thank you for that information. Should help a lot of us out to be armed with those numbers when we visit the dealer. Thanks again!

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