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2013C max, 55,000 miles, Growling/scraping noise left front

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#1 OFFLINE   dougwiles

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 03:50 PM

This started just a couple weeks ago and when I found your website another person had written about an almost identical problem, on the left front side is where the noise is coming from and it sounds like a bearing is going out. I'm concerned about some of the stories I am reading about service reviews at Ford agencies in this area. I am also thinking that this may be covered under the 60,000 mile drivetrain warranty. Can you suggest how to handle dealing with Ford agency servicing on this car to avoid being mishandled?







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#2 OFFLINE   rbort

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 08:27 PM

Possible your brake pads are worn?  Left front is the first set to wear out of all 4 in general.

 

If you're a handyman, you can:

 

Jack the car up and try to turn the wheel by hand, hear anything?

 

Next you can remove the tire and look to see what might be causing the noise.  

 

-=>Raja.


Edited by rbort, 01 January 2017 - 08:27 PM.


#3 OFFLINE   ls973800

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Posted 02 January 2017 - 03:54 PM

Reading about some of the stories from the local Ford stores is one thing, actually going to one is a different type experience.  Just like most car and truck forums, you will usually only read about the problems people have had, not the good things about the cars or trucks.

 

If I were to base any car or truck purchase on strictly reading reviews, I would probable end up riding a bicycle!  As it turns out however, just about any car I have purchased has been good, nothing like what I was fearing from reading forums.

 

No way to give you reassurance about any of your local Ford stores so that is something you will have to do.  Now if you want to drive to my area and have work done, I can give you 3 Ford dealership names that myself and two other posters have praised in previous posts here. 

 

Left front is the first set to wear out of all 4 in general.  Rbot, where did you find that?  I have never seen anything like that on any car I have ever owned.  Why would that wear first?

 

According to the online warranty manual for the 2013 C-Max Energi, yes, the wheel bearings are covered under the power-train warranty.

 

Front-Wheel Drive:
axle shafts, bearings (front and rear), center support bearing, drive
shafts, final drive housing (including all internal parts), hubs-automatic
front locking (four-wheel drive), locking rings (four-wheel drive), seals
and gaskets, universal and constant velocity joints;


#4 OFFLINE   rbort

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Posted 02 January 2017 - 04:44 PM

 

 

Rbot, where did you find that?  I have never seen anything like that on any car I have ever owned.  Why would that wear first?

 

Left front brakes are closest to the master cylinder in general (and I say in general because I don't know all cars), and usually in my cars that I've owned over the years, left front pads would be the thinner than the right front ones (more worn) when checked.  If you compare all 4 tires, you can usually do at least 2 front brake jobs before you need to do the rear brake job.  At least 75% of the braking is taking up by the front brakes in other words.  Rear brakes don't work nearly as hard.  

 

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#5 OFFLINE   ls973800

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Posted 02 January 2017 - 06:14 PM

Yes, the front set of brakes will wear quicker than the rear brakes on most cars.  However, the left front brake wearing more than the right front brake isn't a fact as far as I know.  Never seen that before UNLESS there was a sticking caliper or piston in one of the units.



#6 OFFLINE   rbort

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Posted 02 January 2017 - 09:27 PM

Did you ever do your own brakes?

 

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#7 OFFLINE   ls973800

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 06:46 AM

Did you ever do your own brakes?

 

-=>Raja.

Many times, on GM models and Ford models.  That is why I questioned where you came up with the left front pad always wearing more than any other brake position on the car.  I have never seen a left front pad wear more than the right front pad UNLESS something was wrong with the brake line, caliper, or piston.  



#8 OFFLINE   Jonathan Ezor

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 08:10 AM

This could be a longshot, but there is an underbody piece in the front, actually one on each side, that is supposed to help with aerodynamics. (They're called "Front Fender to Cowl Deflectors," and the part # is 16B074.) On my C-MAX, those pieces both came loose and eventually fell off, but before they did they were hanging. (I haven't replaced them, and haven't seen any difference.) Is it possible that the piece on the front left of the car is loose and rubbing against something when you drive? {Jonathan}



#9 OFFLINE   Joshg678

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 06:20 PM

Has your transmission been replaced? Being a 13 the defective bearing could be showing it's signs.

#10 OFFLINE   Izzy

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Posted 24 September 2018 - 04:34 PM

I had this happen a few weeks ago.  Went to my local garage, rather than the dealer.  Garage dude said that my lug nuts were loose on one tire.  Problem fixed, no charge.  Makes me wonder why they got loose?



#11 OFFLINE   rbort

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Posted 24 September 2018 - 08:03 PM

When you went to the garage before, someone took your tire off to inspect brakes (looking for a job) and probably didn't tighten them back up all the way.  Happened to my wife with her Escort years ago at sears, she drove out and the tire was rocking around, lug nuts were only hand tight if that.  Luckily the tire made noise and she turned right back to them before she had a chance to get on the highway.

 

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#12 OFFLINE   ITFlyer

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Posted 27 September 2018 - 07:33 AM

No garage EVER tightens lug nuts properly.

 

They are supposed to be torqued to 100 ft-lb, each. Instead, they just zip them on with an impact wrench to whatever torque they happen to get zipped on to.
 
First thing I do when my car comes back from the shop is to loosen and re-torque the lug nuts on each wheel, using a torque wrench. I have found lug nuts torqued (coming from the DEALER) at everything from 30 ft-lb to 220 ft-lb, on the SAME WHEEL. It's just crazy. I complain to the dealer, but nothing ever changes.
 
Incidentally, you should re-torque the lug-nuts to 100 ft-lb after a couple of days of driving as well.
 
Over-torqued (or more precisely, unevenly torqued) lug nuts are the PRIMARY cause of brake rotor warpage.









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