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10-09-2012 07:35 AM
sgmfocus
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Originally Posted by John W View Post
These cars definitely experience low-speed torque steer under acceleration, which is annoying. And the electric power steering does not offer the best feedback (I really wish my 2012's steering felt more like my 2005 ZX3's), however it sounds like those of you who've had your steering racks replaced -- and have posted your complaints in this thread -- are experiencing something that is not right. Maybe it's the new rack or the way the new rack was installed. I would take it back to the dealer and get them to find the problem.
Thanks for reply, don't think mine is the steering,it is possible the rack can be installed wrong mine was 1 st time,they forgot to install bolts to subframe had to take back on same day,9 hours for rack almost 8 hours to refix rack,
10-09-2012 07:23 AM
sgmfocus
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Originally Posted by PratoN View Post
Wasn't there a known issue with cars with messed up shocks in early production? I can't imagine "this is how the car is designed."

If your car is actually unlevel, I presume the car will try to use whatever feature that is that counter-steers steady side winds / the crown of the road. And then you'll just have a boatload of issues. No?

EDIT: But if it's not a broken strut, shock, or mount... I'm out of ideas.
Thanks for reply ,think there was a problem with the bearing plate or whatever its called causing the clunk ,then FORD decided it was normal ,think it is bad suspension part strut spring,control arm etc.no one can find it yet
10-09-2012 07:13 AM
sgmfocus
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Originally Posted by ralck View Post
Does anyone think this sounds like the torque vectoring misbehaving? That is the only thing I can think of which would make the car drop an inch or two... the car is applying the brakes to that wheel making the car nose-heavy on that side?
Thanks for reply will suggest to dealer to check. its possible don't think that's it ,usually starts leaning while cruising along above 25mph
10-08-2012 08:27 PM
John W These cars definitely experience low-speed torque steer under acceleration, which is annoying. And the electric power steering does not offer the best feedback (I really wish my 2012's steering felt more like my 2005 ZX3's), however it sounds like those of you who've had your steering racks replaced -- and have posted your complaints in this thread -- are experiencing something that is not right. Maybe it's the new rack or the way the new rack was installed. I would take it back to the dealer and get them to find the problem.
10-08-2012 03:14 PM
PratoN Wasn't there a known issue with cars with messed up shocks in early production? I can't imagine "this is how the car is designed."

If your car is actually unlevel, I presume the car will try to use whatever feature that is that counter-steers steady side winds / the crown of the road. And then you'll just have a boatload of issues. No?

EDIT: But if it's not a broken strut, shock, or mount... I'm out of ideas.
10-08-2012 12:40 PM
ralck
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Originally Posted by sgmfocus View Post
i've already read thru the many suspension/steering threads haven't seen anything similar. I have an SE sedan(03/2011 build) with 8,000 miles has a few suspension steering issues while driving car will occasionally shift/lean(not related to road conditions) towards passenger side front (car physically lowers on passenger side an inch or more) it will stay that way awhile then levels out; steering also pulls to right while its happening then car gradually returns to normal .also have a vibration/pull in steering wheel/wheels when starting from stop/or applying brakes quickly,clunk in suspension that many people have,almost impossible to drive when windy car all over the road(had steering rack replaced at 4400 miles when it finally came in).took it to one dealer said it was normal.Took it in to dealer i bought car from,went for test drive with mechanic car started leaning/pulling right when we pulled out of lot,3 hours later 3 times in shop(rotated tires all they did just had them balanced and rotated) 3 more road tests later (also trying its normal routine by going on a road test in a new focus) they tell me somethings wrong but they have no clue because it only leaned the one time.anybody have similar problems/fixes or ideas? thanks
Does anyone think this sounds like the torque vectoring misbehaving? That is the only thing I can think of which would make the car drop an inch or two... the car is applying the brakes to that wheel making the car nose-heavy on that side?
10-08-2012 12:18 PM
Uptcv1
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Originally Posted by Some Guy From NY View Post
Mine was built in Dec 2011. If you have the old steering rack like I had...it was great and held the road very well..except I was unlucky enough to have the highway speed swaying which was horrible.
back to dealer... just cause the new rack fixed the highway speed swaying it shoulnt introduce other issues...
10-08-2012 09:06 AM
FordService
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Originally Posted by sgmfocus View Post
... I have an SE sedan(03/2011 build) with 8,000 miles has a few suspension steering issues while driving car will occasionally shift/lean(not related to road conditions) towards passenger side front (car physically lowers on passenger side an inch or more) it will stay that way awhile then levels out; steering also pulls to right while its happening then car gradually returns to normal .also have a vibration/pull in steering wheel/wheels when starting from stop/or applying brakes quickly,clunk in suspension that many people have,almost impossible to drive when windy car all over the road...
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Originally Posted by Some Guy From NY View Post
I actually think I have the same issue...

steering rack was replaced in the beginning of September.

It pulls to the right just the slightest bit when driving...but not all the time. It is hard to duplicate because while driving on the same road numerous times it may or may not happen...
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Hey SomeGuyfromNY, i forgot to mention in my PM, I too have a slight pull to the right when braking hard, which never had before.
Hi sgmfocus, Some Guy From NY, and joe77,

I'd like to escalate each of your cases to your regional Customer Service Managers. Please reach out to me via PM with your VIN, mileage, preferred servicing dealer, and daytime phone number; I'll get on the case!

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Originally Posted by joe77 View Post
tell me about...lets see if Crystal looks into this. I want my old steering back. Had i test driven this car with the current new steering rack that I have now, i would not have purchased this car.
Here I am! And for everyone else in the thread - if you're experiencing this same issue, please give me a heads up via PM; I want to see how I can help.

Thanks everyone,
Crystal
10-08-2012 06:57 AM
Rogerschro Sounds like torque steer is a minor issue compared to the main issues of loose steering and ride hight issues of the OP. We all know about the torque steering by now. Excessive steer, wandering and looseness is the issue. I hope both guys and others find a resolution and share with us the results soon.
10-07-2012 09:51 PM
feta_mgp
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Originally Posted by Some Guy From NY View Post
Mine was built in Dec 2011. If you have the old steering rack like I had...it was great and held the road very well..except I was unlucky enough to have the highway speed swaying which was horrible.
Unless it just doesn't bother me and I don't notice it, I don't have any trouble holding a line on the highway, minor adjustments to straighten out occasionally (can't ever be perfectly straight) but no issues like others have stated where the car actually wanders and the steering rack overcompensates when you try to correct. Guess I got lucky.
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