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07-04-2012 01:51 PM
oritpro My Ti steers fine. Light tight and just feels right, especially with my honey sitting to my right. Build date is 2/12/2012.

Wow, where did that come from?
07-04-2012 01:25 PM
kjl2012 I just had the steering rack done i must say they fixed it. get the tsb done it dose work
07-02-2012 09:00 PM
Pennut
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Originally Posted by Altis View Post
For what it's worth, my Focus does the exact same thing. I find it feels too heavy most of the time, and it springs back to center way too hard... except when going slow, when I actually have to force it back straight.

I had electric steering on my previous car (Rabbit), and it was about the only part of the car I actually quite liked. I agree the Fiesta's steering is actually excellent, too. The Focus just doesn't feel right... too heavy, and sometimes it's fighting really hard, sometimes it isn't doing a thing.

Good luck getting it resolved at all, though. I can see dealers refusing to ever admit there's anything wrong with it...
I took my Focus in to the shop this morning and they called me later in the day to say that it did indeed need some parts in the steering replaced. I don't remember him saying it was a steering rack but rather something in the steering shaft that needed replaced. Didn't get a parts list yet as I have to wait for the parts to come in (about 5 days) and then make the appointment and have the work done. I'll update my thread and let you and others know what exactly was replaced. So hopefully when the work is done, it will be resolved. Just glad they found the problem.
07-02-2012 06:35 AM
Pennut
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By the way, I think my build date was May 2011. So not an early build.
I stand corrected. The build date on my Focus is July 2011.
07-01-2012 04:14 PM
dyn085 I will say that my Ti experienced this on part of my trip to AL the other weekend, though I believe that it was a result of the road surface. It felt the same as riding a motorcycle over the wavy-grooved roads that occur when the road crews are prepping for re-paving.

It was only on one section of the interstate, for however many miles. I also experience it on roads that have deep tire grooves from wear. I forget what they're called. But I attribute that to the width of tire...it's definitely a rare occurrence for me and not across all types of driving situations.
07-01-2012 04:05 PM
Untilcomplete Just bought our Ti two weeks ago and took it on a road trip this weekend. Noticed the left and right swaying but thought it was wind. Good to know other people are having an issue. Going to be bringing up to my dealer along with the transmission grinding sound when we get back.

Edit: may 2012 build date also.
07-01-2012 03:34 PM
Pennut Nah, I didn't take it that way Bimmer. Just was stating that I did try the simple/basic stuff first. :)
07-01-2012 03:09 PM
Bimmer-Bob
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I am taking it in tomorrow to be checked again.
Good luck. Seems like it shouldn't be a big deal since there's a TSB on it?

I just mentioned the air pressures, etc., because of the wandering issue and thought you should quickly rule out the basics stuff first, which you've already done. Did not mean to imply that you didn't know what you were doing or talking about.
07-01-2012 02:41 PM
Pennut By the way, I think my build date was May 2011. So not an early build.
07-01-2012 02:39 PM
Pennut
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Originally Posted by Altis View Post
For what it's worth, my Focus does the exact same thing. I find it feels too heavy most of the time, and it springs back to center way too hard... except when going slow, when I actually have to force it back straight.

I had electric steering on my previous car (Rabbit), and it was about the only part of the car I actually quite liked. I agree the Fiesta's steering is actually excellent, too. The Focus just doesn't feel right... too heavy, and sometimes it's fighting really hard, sometimes it isn't doing a thing.
Good luck getting it resolved at all, though. I can see dealers refusing to ever admit there's anything wrong with it...
No, like I said in my post, the rental Focus did not have these issues and it's steering was as good as my Fiestas. I beleive the rental was an earlier build also as it had the speaker in the middle of the dashboard. I believe they deleted the middle speaker in the SE's. Mine does not have it even though mine is optioned with the sport option, sync, etc.

Bimmer-Bob, the tire pressure is the first thing I checked. Also no tire wear indicating a bad steering component such as a bad ball joint. I used to work on my own cars and I've done just about everything short of rebuilding an engine so I know quite a bit about cars and what can cause what. I just stopped doing my own work because I no longer have the time or a place to do the work. Besides why should I on a new car under warranty? Also I had my alignment checked. A bad alignment would cause pulling to one side or the other. Wouldn't make the steering wheel jerk back to center. Low tire pressure would do the same as a bad alignment. But in my experience the tire would have to be very low. Like 15 lbs or more under. A bad ball joint would put wear on the tire, usually on the inside of the tire AND it would usually make a noise when you do a slow turn, like backing out of a parking lot. No, I think it;s the motor in the steering trying to force the wheel to center itself. My guess is because it's electric, it has a program to tell it to do so. As far as electric steering, from my research on other car reviews with it, usually the critics say it feels artificial or too light. Never heard of them say it yanks itself back to center like mine does.

As far as a dealer saying there's nothing wrong with it, can't discount everyone else such as on these and other Ford forums that say they experince a similar problem. Especially when others have had thier steering racks replaced to correct the problem. Personally I know I am not imagining it. My Focus definately has a problem. I am taking it in tomorrow to be checked again.
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