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10-07-2014 10:12 AM
FordService
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Originally Posted by SVTOwner View Post
Hi Meagan,

My 2014 Focus hatch is having this steering issue that this thread was started about. After 30+ minutes on the freeway (for my car), the steering starts having issues centering, always wanting to either be pointing slightly left, or slightly right. Is there a TSB on this? I haven't gone to my dealer yet, but don't want to leave my car with them for 2 months.

Thanks!
Thanks for reaching out. :)

Your dealer will be in the best position to discuss TSB's with you. Since I'm not a tech & haven't been hands on with your vehicle, I can't diagnose it to determine which TSB fits your symptoms. I see your message. :)

Meagan
10-07-2014 09:37 AM
PratoN
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Originally Posted by SVTOwner View Post
My 2014 Focus hatch is having this steering issue that this thread was started about. After 30+ minutes on the freeway (for my car), the steering starts having issues centering, always wanting to either be pointing slightly left, or slightly right. Is there a TSB on this? I haven't gone to my dealer yet, but don't want to leave my car with them for 2 months.
Well, there is a TSB for it, I believe it's TSB# 12-2-17 (unless there is a more recent one?) but it only applies to cars built on or before 12/12/2011.

If it feels like there's a lot of breakover force required to turn the wheel, I think that's definitely a steering gear issue. If there's just kind of a dead zone in the steering, it could be bad wheel bearings. I have the same issue and I'm about to replace both of my front bearings - we'll see if that fixes it? It could also be alignment related.
10-07-2014 12:31 AM
SVTOwner
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Originally Posted by FordService View Post
Yeah, I was mostly referring to the transmission. I just assumed you were planning on taking it in for both at once. :)

Meagan
Hi Meagan,

My 2014 Focus hatch is having this steering issue that this thread was started about. After 30+ minutes on the freeway (for my car), the steering starts having issues centering, always wanting to either be pointing slightly left, or slightly right. Is there a TSB on this? I haven't gone to my dealer yet, but don't want to leave my car with them for 2 months.

Thanks!
08-28-2014 01:50 PM
FordService
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Originally Posted by hawgfanman View Post
Thanks Meagan. I can't see how the break in would apply to the steering or the suspension creaking though. I understand that with the transmission having to learn my driving style though. That's why I hadn't planned to take it in for the jerkiness of the transmission.
Yeah, I was mostly referring to the transmission. I just assumed you were planning on taking it in for both at once. :)

Meagan
08-28-2014 12:14 PM
hawgfanman Thanks Meagan. I can't see how the break in would apply to the steering or the suspension creaking though. I understand that with the transmission having to learn my driving style though. That's why I hadn't planned to take it in for the jerkiness of the transmission.
08-28-2014 10:19 AM
FordService
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I'm really beginning to wonder if I've made a mistake buying my Focus. I have about 250 miles on it so far and noticed the suspension creaking today (I normally have the radio on but it was off today) and I'm having these same type issues with the steering. I thought it was just me not being used to an electric assist but I guess that's not the case.
It's disappointing that my 5 day old car already needs a trip to the dealer for two separate issues. At least the transmission seems to be improving with each day. It was pretty bad the first couple of days but I wanted to give it some time to learn before I took it to the dealer for that issue.
Welcome to the forum!

Your vehicle has a break-in period of 1,000 miles, as per your Owner Guide, so I encourage you to wait until you're out of the break-in to see how the vehicle drives. Once you're past 1,000 miles, if you feel there is still a concern, please let me know.

Meagan
08-27-2014 08:56 PM
hawgfanman I'm really beginning to wonder if I've made a mistake buying my Focus. I have about 250 miles on it so far and noticed the suspension creaking today (I normally have the radio on but it was off today) and I'm having these same type issues with the steering. I thought it was just me not being used to an electric assist but I guess that's not the case.
It's disappointing that my 5 day old car already needs a trip to the dealer for two separate issues. At least the transmission seems to be improving with each day. It was pretty bad the first couple of days but I wanted to give it some time to learn before I took it to the dealer for that issue.
07-08-2014 09:57 PM
jbostian I have 2014 Focus SE Hatchback that seems to have the wandering/lane drifting problem. I thought it was just me adjusting to a new car with EPAS. But after 1,000 miles I believe there is an issue. I drove it on the highway for about 80 miles the other day and I noticed that wind really seems to affect this issue. According to the weather report, there were 10mph winds, not strong enough to make it difficult to drive in. My car seems to overall have a slight pull to the left. I am hoping an alignment or some other easy fix is all that is needed. I will try to get it into the dealer next week.

Jamie
06-27-2014 01:24 PM
PratoN
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Originally Posted by Pennut View Post
They didn't replace my steering rack, just some bolts and such. Haven't had a problem since. Coming up on 42k now on my Focus.
My issue is more that I constantly have to correct/steer left and right. Like I try to bring it to the center (counter clockwise) and there's a little resistance and next think you know I'm actually going left (only by like a degree, maybe less?) and then I try to go right and the same thing happens in the other direction. Maybe I need to calibrate/zero my alignment or maybe it's just the EPAS, but I definitely can't drive without hands (not recommended anyway) for more than 2 or 3 seconds without leaving my lane.

hehe, the steering gear ( BV6Z3504KE) is your rack.

Also, damn! This steering gear is $1116 now with a $400 core deposit? I don't remember it being that expensive before... looks like if I ever fix it myself it'll be coming out of totaled 2014 Focus.
06-25-2014 04:19 PM
Pennut Here is my post (#5) that shows what parts were replaced. Not saying your problem is the same. but could be.

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=295041
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