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I was pulling away from being parked and noticed a loud metallic banging sound coming from the rear. I suspected the brake dust shield had come in contact with the rotor (this can happen occasionally). However considering the car isnt even a year old and has around 13,500, AND the abruptness of the noise appearing I decided to pull over and take a gander.

I duck under the rear of the car and notice what appear to me to be cracks in the frame. (Circled in pictures)
I should note at this point I have observed the gap between the top of the dust shield and the rotor is larger than the gap at the bottom, on both sides of the car. So now I'm thinking "**** my frame bent which tilted the dust shield into the rotor."

I'm not too far from home so I drive at a reasonable pace home. I should mention that I tried my best to bend back the dust shield and it was no longer making the metallic contact noise.

Please PLEASE tell me my initial impression was wrong. I am taking the car in to the dealer anyway because it shouldn't be making noises anyway.
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Jerry Seinfeld says if you have an oddity on one side of your body it's OK as long as you have one on other side too. So with that reasoning you're all set. But now. After "taking a gander at your crack" that looks not good. My question would be HOW?
 

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Haha I really hope Jerry is right. It seems that maybe this is part of the manufacturing because a lot of people say they have this. If it IS a frame crack I would like to know how as well. I like to get on it sometimes but I don't fly over speed bumps and I haven't hit any potholes. And nothing else seems to be awry so I am really hoping it truly is supposed to be there.
 

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I just shined a flashlight under my own ST and it has the same exact "cracks". Your photos could have been taken under my car.

I'll have to take a closer look at it the next time I take off the tires, but it's not making any noise or behaving strangely. The car has about 52k miles. I'm waiting until your dealer tells you that it's "normal" before I decide on anything... :smug:
 

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2016 Fiesta ST here. Just went down there with a flashlight, same cracks at the exact same locations on both sides. Pretty sure it's how they designed it. But yeah, wanna see what the dealer tells you o_O
 

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Sorry for waiting a few days but I finally got back from the dealer and it looks like its normal. It is a seam-weld, and just because it is open-ended it can be easily seen. It makes sense they wouldn't be able to weld the inside of a tube with a budget car. I took the wheel off an took a picture of what I could see, which was in fact a weld. Overall gave me quite a scare but good to know for sure its supposed to be like that.
 

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