Originally Posted by PowerFocer
So it still has the rack just no pressure? Not sure how long that will be able to last. Now if we could go full manual rack that would free up not only power but weight. I think we should investigate further into this.
While I don't know anything specifically about the Focus racks, people have been depowering racks in other cars for many years without apparent issue. It's actually fairly common in the Miata world, even though there are OEM bolt-in manual racks available. The problem being that the true manual racks had a slower ratio which trades responsiveness for reduced driver effort.