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02-12-2013 06:02 PM
Some Guy From NY
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Originally Posted by PratoN View Post
Tell me about it. My friend made fun of me for using a torque wrench on my lug nuts. Then he proceeded to torque his with his "highly calibrated" +400ft-lb impact wrench. *shudders*

Then he complains when they're hard to take off...
You should get your alignment checked...Like I said in my thread, getting a CORRECT alignment (supposedly) did help significantly. The way you described your problem was exactly how my car drove after the new rack, but before the latest alignment. Literally had to keep correcting every 5 or so seconds. The "correct" alignment it has now I only have to correct every 20 or 30 seconds...much improved but still not normal.
02-12-2013 05:55 PM
PratoN
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Originally Posted by Some Guy From NY View Post
I have a feeling it was not torqued correctly.

I doubt the grease monkies who installed my new rack paid attention to the Ford memo specifying how important the torque ratings are.

They probably just used an air wrench to put the bolts in. BZZZZZZZT TIGHT ENOUGH! JOB DONE.

ugh.
Tell me about it. My friend made fun of me for using a torque wrench on my lug nuts. Then he proceeded to torque his with his "highly calibrated" +400ft-lb impact wrench. *shudders*

Then he complains when they're hard to take off...
02-12-2013 05:42 PM
Some Guy From NY
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Originally Posted by PratoN View Post
I think it's the latter. But then again, I'm a mechanical engineer - of course I'd blame it on the electronic components.
I have a feeling it was not torqued correctly.

I doubt the grease monkies who installed my new rack paid attention to the Ford memo specifying how important the torque ratings are.

They probably just used an air wrench to put the bolts in. BZZZZZZZT TIGHT ENOUGH! JOB DONE.

ugh.
02-12-2013 05:21 PM
PratoN
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Originally Posted by Kabigon View Post
My Ti was built in 5/2011 and the steering feel is perfect.

One has to wonder if the issue is the replacement steering racks or could it be that the EPAS is very sensitive to alignment (especially toe).
I think it's the latter. But then again, I'm a mechanical engineer - of course I'd blame it on the electronic components.
02-12-2013 05:12 PM
Kabigon
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Originally Posted by Some Guy From NY View Post
My car does this too ever since I got the new steering rack in september. I salute your ability to live with this...because I cannot.

It is ridiculous how much steering is needed to NOT CRASH FOR NO REASON OTHER THAN THE EPS BEING STUPID.
My Ti was built in 5/2011 and the steering feel is perfect.

One has to wonder if the issue is the replacement steering racks or could it be that the EPAS is very sensitive to alignment (especially toe).
02-12-2013 03:43 PM
Some Guy From NY
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My car does both of these - wandering with rain grooves or moderate cross winds. I'm not even going to try to take it to the dealer - they've obviously had enough of me. May 2011 build.
My car does this too ever since I got the new steering rack in september. I salute your ability to live with this...because I cannot.

It is ridiculous how much steering is needed to NOT CRASH FOR NO REASON OTHER THAN THE EPS BEING STUPID.
02-12-2013 03:13 PM
PratoN
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Originally Posted by Focus YBTC View Post
My 2012 Titanium went in the dealer to get the steering repaired, the problem was mainly that when driving on highways with rain grooves running parallel to the direction of travel the car would wander dangerously. I think the EPS steering rack was replaced. That problem is repaired but now when highway driving in a cross wind (winds perpendicular to the direction of travel), even moderate winds, the cars wanders pretty severely. I have had other people drive the car and they report the same thing driving in cross winds so it's not a case of me getting used to it. It happens more severely than in other cars in cross winds. I'll have to read the rest of this 23 page thread to investigate this TSB and see what that's about but my car was built in Dec. 2011.
My car does both of these - wandering with rain grooves or moderate cross winds. I'm not even going to try to take it to the dealer - they've obviously had enough of me. May 2011 build.
02-12-2013 02:23 PM
Focus YBTC
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Originally Posted by mokz316 View Post
i took mine for the same lane drifting/wandering issue and showed them the TSB and they took it in and did the TSB and found something else.. they had to special order a new sway bar as they found out that on the same TSB it noted that for 12'Focus build prior to Nov. 2011 sway bar was to be put/replaced. after the day the was over, got back my car and did not recieve any additional bill.. the statement i got was for $0 as it was covered by the warranty.
My 2012 Titanium went in the dealer to get the steering repaired, the problem was mainly that when driving on highways with rain grooves running parallel to the direction of travel the car would wander dangerously. I think the EPS steering rack was replaced. That problem is repaired but now when highway driving in a cross wind (winds perpendicular to the direction of travel), even moderate winds, the cars wanders pretty severely. I have had other people drive the car and they report the same thing driving in cross winds so it's not a case of me getting used to it. It happens more severely than in other cars in cross winds. I'll have to read the rest of this 23 page thread to investigate this TSB and see what that's about but my car was built in Dec. 2011.
02-11-2013 02:15 PM
Rogerschro
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Originally Posted by flygry1 View Post
Hi

I have an early (March 2011) build 2012 and it had wandering problems from day 1. Had the dealer replace the rack assy under the tsb and it was fine untill just recently. Now I'm experiencing "binding or sticking" with the wheel centered at highway speeds on a straight road. You need to jerk the wheel to move it & this causes dangerous wandering issues.
Took it to dealer and he says he can't duplicate problem and is reluctant to do anything
Any suggestions on next step. This is very frustrating.
It is critical to have the bolts properly torqued when installing. I'd bet they didn't do that and it is now causing problems. I'd tell them to replace ALL bolts with the proper ones AND to torque to the specifications as noted in the TSB.
02-11-2013 12:44 PM
flygry1 Hi

I have an early (March 2011) build 2012 and it had wandering problems from day 1. Had the dealer replace the rack assy under the tsb and it was fine untill just recently. Now I'm experiencing "binding or sticking" with the wheel centered at highway speeds on a straight road. You need to jerk the wheel to move it & this causes dangerous wandering issues.
Took it to dealer and he says he can't duplicate problem and is reluctant to do anything
Any suggestions on next step. This is very frustrating.
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