Ford has a lot of tricks they pull to get people to buy their cars over a different brand, with little regard to what happens to their customers' wallets later, but most of that involves non-adjustable wheel alignment and horrendous tire wear. Noises are a different concern and they should be able to be corrected.
There is a tool you might be able to borrow or rent from an auto parts store that borrows them called the "Chassis Ear". It is a set of six microphones, a switch box, and headphones. You clip the microphones to suspect points, then drive around while listening with the headphones. You can move the microphones around to zero in on the source of the noise. Be aware that many mechanics have never seen or even heard of this tool. Suspension and alignment mechanics use it to find rattles, squeaks, and other noises.
Sunday, December 18th, 2011 AT 9:38 PM