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They checked that at the dealer when the problem first arose and couldn't see anything. They also rotated the wheels and couldn't hear a noise, which is why I'm leaning towards it being something to do with the handbrake + vibrations.
Thanks for the prompt reply. I'll check that out. I've had a scout around the Internet and I've seen one or two people complain of similar issues (with other makes and models) and the standard response seems to be that this knocking/clicking is caused by a loose handbrake cable, which would chime with the fact that by pulling on the handbrake ever so slightly the noise disappears completely. Does that sound more plausible?
Hi all, Just bought an '03 plate Fiesta Ghia 1.4 with 53k on the clock. Nice little car, however on the test drive I noticed it was making a clicking noise which got more frequent the faster it got, furthermore the noise seemed to be linked to the handbrake (If you pulled it up slightly said noise would disappear). The garage I got it from checked it out, couldn't find a problem with the wheels etc. and said it was just the new brakepads they fitted wearing in and it'll go away after a few miles. In good faith I took it, with assurances I could take it back if it didn't disappear as promised and sure enough upon driving home the noise stopped. Problem solved? Apparently not. I woke up this morning and drove to work for the noise to reappear again. Now I'm slightly worried. Has anyone else had a similar problem and if so any idea what it turned out to be? Thanks!