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Old 06-21-2011, 01:02 PM   #11
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the F40 fuse in the engine compartment is labeled as "EPAS 15 feed", I wonder if that would do it?
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Old 06-21-2011, 01:11 PM   #12
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the F40 fuse in the engine compartment is labeled as "EPAS 15 feed", I wonder if that would do it?
I'm not sure what "15 feed" is, but you can't disable EPAS all together and drive the car. What's causing this something Ford Engineers programmed in as part of the EPAS called "Drift-Pull Compensation".

"The technology detects road conditions – such as a crowned road surface or crosswinds – and adjusts the EPAS steering system to help the driver compensate for pulling and drifting."

In a nutshell - another technological gimmick that tries to drive the car for you. And low and behold - it doesn't work - makes the car basically undriveable on the highway.

I guess our only option is to bring it up with the dealer and see what they say about it -- I may go straight to Ford on this issue - might be a more effective option at this point. Dealer probably has no clue this technology even exists -lol.
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Old 06-21-2011, 01:12 PM   #13
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Mine does it too, to a degree. It has a somewhat 'notchy' feeling to it, like if I move the steering wheel just a bit one way it wants to move too much, as if the steering was done with large gears. Everyone once in a while I do find it difficult to keep it going straight, other times it's very smooth.

Guess it could be wind or something causing that drift whatever to kick in...it's been rather windy around here lately.
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I'm kinda glad I'm not the only one! Mine does it too & it's going back to the dealer on Friday. It's definiately something in the electric power steering because it doesn't do it all the time. It seems to start happening about a half hour or more into a long drive. The steering seems to lock in one position and when you go to move the wheel (either way) to make a slight adjustment, it resists until you put enough force into it to, and then it moves too much sending you to towards the other lane, it immmediately locks into that position and you can't make a minor adjustment to get back to center. You end up zigzaging in your lane for miles and miles. It's exhausting! We went on 1200 mile trip this weekend and had to change drivers every hour or so because of this. We pulled off at at rest area and I pulled the fuse for the steering module and it actually steered perfect (better than normal) for about a half hour and then it started up again. With my luck it won't do it when I take it to the dealer and they'll think I'm nuts!
If it doesn't happen till a half an hour into a long drive, that would explain why I didn't notice any problem during my test drive of different Focus cars. If the steering wheel doesn't feel completely smooth all the time I would not be happy at all. The idea sounds good but if there is noticeable resistance/nochyness to turning the wheel while driving I don't know how anyone can stand that.
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Old 06-24-2011, 02:03 PM   #15
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So my salesman called to "check up" and make sure I liked the car and I mentioned this problem to him. I'm going to take it in to the dealership on Monday. This weekend I'll do some extensive highway driving to make sure I can replicate it when I go for a drive with the technician.

The annoying thing about this problem is that it's not constant. My worry is that I'll go for a drive with the technician and it won't occur.
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Old 06-24-2011, 03:33 PM   #16
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So my salesman called to "check up" and make sure I liked the car and I mentioned this problem to him. I'm going to take it in to the dealership on Monday. This weekend I'll do some extensive highway driving to make sure I can replicate it when I go for a drive with the technician.

The annoying thing about this problem is that it's not constant. My worry is that I'll go for a drive with the technician and it won't occur.
good luck, I just got done dealing with lemon law-ing a Hyundai Sonata due to highway drift issues. They have a 1000 different ways to tell you that your car is working within spec. Just be diligent!
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Old 06-25-2011, 02:48 PM   #17
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Ok so I've just driven another 100 miles on the highway. I've come to the conclusioon that the issue was pretty much in my head. But I will say this: the highway steering feels much different than driving around town. I have never driven a car that has electric steering like this, and am not accustomed to it yet.

I tried hard to keep the car in its lane and I was pretty much able to for the most part. The electric steering just feels funny some time but its actually not that big of an issue once you get used to it.

As of now I'm thinking that its not even an issue. Hope I didn't worry anyone too bad, lol.
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Ok so I took my car out on the highway this weekend... This is what I noticed. Around 35mph or below the steering wheel is loose almost like no resistance. As I approached 60mph it got tighter and I could feel resistance. Imo it drove great, I could feel the steering more and gave me or felt like I had more control at faster speeds.

I thought it felt natural. Like how a steering wheel should feel. I would not want a loose wheel going 60mph+ and a stiff wheel around town.

If this was Ford's intention on the steering design they get a+ from me.
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Ok so I took my car out on the highway this weekend... This is what I noticed. Around 35mph or below the steering wheel is loose almost like no resistance. As I approached 60mph it got tighter and I could feel resistance. Imo it drove great, I could feel the steering more and gave me or felt like I had more control at faster speeds.

I thought it felt natural. Like how a steering wheel should feel. I would not want a loose wheel going 60mph+ and a stiff wheel around town.

If this was Ford's intention on the steering design they get a+ from me.
That's exactly what I experienced during my test drive of an SE model. That's Fords EPAS system doing what it is supposed to do.
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Old 06-25-2011, 04:41 PM   #20
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I was experiencing all of these things as well, but once I stopped over-thinking and just DROVE I didn't even notice it. :) My previous (and first) car was a 2000 Dodge Caravan handed down from my mother and it had an alignment problem that made it pull to the right. So I would automatically start pulling left, then correct myself, and I'd do that zig-zagging thing that other folks here were talking about, lol. I tricked myself into thinking that something was wrong, when really *I* was the problem.
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