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Old 12-05-2011, 12:34 PM   #41
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The monitoring circuitry worked as it should, as the power steering clearly did fail-the steering wheel was very difficult to turn.
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Old 12-05-2011, 05:08 PM   #42
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The power steering failed once again on Sunday morning, exactly four weeks after the last occurrence. I have scheduled a service appointment.
I'm sorry it occurred again. I will keep a look out for your update.

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Natasha, if you're here, is that really Ford's stance? The problem has to happen in front of them, even when there is electronic confirmation of the customers claims? I could understand a smaller electrical issue, but steering failure? That just seems grossly negligent of your customers safety.
Hi smizak,

Intermittent issues can be very tough to diagnose, and the codes that were stored may not have pointed to a specific cause. That could be why it needs to be replicated. Be assured though, safety is always kept in mind with all concerns.

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Old 12-06-2011, 03:40 PM   #43
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Good thing we don't need a "Code" to fix a flat tire......
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Old 12-07-2011, 07:39 AM   #44
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Good thing we don't need a "Code" to fix a flat tire......
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Old 01-03-2012, 03:58 PM   #45
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I have had exactly the same issue with my brand new Focus in Australia, Intermittent power steering failure which resolved after restarting the car.

Ford Australia couldn't have been more helpful!

Brought the car to the local dealer (who didn't sell me the car!) and and a brand new steering rack ($$$) was installed without the slightest hesitation.

I imagine they were very concerned about the safety aspect and possible liability if it failed at higher speeds. One would think that in a litigious society like the US that Ford would act even quicker to rectify a fault like this?

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I have had exactly the same issue with my brand new Focus in Australia, Intermittent power steering failure which resolved after restarting the car.
Ford Australia couldn't have been more helpful!
Brought the car to the local dealer (who didn't sell me the car!) and and a brand new steering rack ($$$) was installed without the slightest hesitation.
I imagine they were very concerned about the safety aspect and possible liability if it failed at higher speeds. One would think that in a litigious society like the US that Ford would act even quicker to rectify a fault like this?
Hey focus_trend,

A PROSPEROUS New Year to you and your mates down under!

Awesome to hear the Focus is repaired and cruising around your beautiful country.

On another note, Ford takes safety very seriously. We are committed to pursuing the most advanced safety materials and systems and strive to solve our Ford Family members concerns.

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Old 01-16-2012, 02:37 PM   #47
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Hey Guys, I'm in toronto Canada and having the same problems! It happened within a week of owning the car, and then a month later and then it happened two days in a row over the weekend. The service manager at Freeway Ford in toronto mentioned there was an update they were going to run to the computer that will avoid this from happning but time will tell.

The car has been at the dealership since 9:30 AM and 6 hours later the car is still being looked at.

The issue happened to me also around 10 km/h and shortly after I started the car so I have been lucky to still be in a parking lot or drive way. I really hope the car is fixed today.

Ford Canada is telling the me same answer..."Unless the issue can be duplicated we cannot do any repairs". Extremely frustrating...when is enough, enough? This sounds like a common issue and I'm so disappointed ford hasn't done something about this.
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I smell a recall...
I didn't see if you had checked other dealerships or not but if you haven't I suggest you do. Some dealerships go by Ford policies others have their own. Especially when it come to safety issues. The service manager at the dealership I go to would change the steering rack if I told him its fixed the issue for other people. Some dealerships are willing to take the hit on warranty work others aren't.

What the hell happened to good old hydraulic rack and pinion steering? All this new electronic shenanigans on cars is making me not want to buy a new car.
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Hey Guys, I'm in toronto Canada and having the same problems! It happened within a week of owning the car, and then a month later and then it happened two days in a row over the weekend. The service manager at Freeway Ford in toronto mentioned there was an update they were going to run to the computer that will avoid this from happning but time will tell.
Ford Canada is telling the me same answer..."Unless the issue can be duplicated we cannot do any repairs". Extremely frustrating...when is enough, enough? This sounds like a common issue and I'm so disappointed ford hasn't done something about this.
Hey andrew24,

Send me a PM with your VIN, current mileage, personal and dealer contact info and I'll see what I can do for you.

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I smell a recall...
I didn't see if you had checked other dealerships or not but if you haven't I suggest you do. Some dealerships go by Ford policies others have their own. Especially when it come to safety issues. The service manager at the dealership I go to would change the steering rack if I told him its fixed the issue for other people. Some dealerships are willing to take the hit on warranty work others aren't.
Hey MichaelAnthony,

Ford takes Family members concerns very seriously. This is why we on this forum as well as at the Customer Relationship Center document concerns brought to our attention. If a concern turns into a high trend of documented complaints, Ford and NHTSA will launch an investigation, which may or may not lead to a recall. If a program is announced on a specific component, Ford will notify owners by mail.

Your suggestion to take to another dealer is wise and Owner.Ford.com will provide a list of dealers for anyone needing a second opinion.

Have a good evening everyone!

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Yesterday my new Focus displayed the same behavior at 314 miles. Personally, I understand not replacing a steering rack in this instance because I don't think that this is the root problem. I also understand the frustration from feeling powerless in getting this problem solved. But these are not the cars of the 70's. They contain some sophisticated software that may contain bugs. Solving these intermittent problem requires 'DATA'. To assist the engineers in finding the root cause they need information.

I don't believe that anyone has experienced this error at high speed, so this is a clue. I suggest that everyone provide some details, regardless of how insignificant it may seem, in order to produce a pattern that will assist in locating the problem.

Here is what I can remember about mine:

Occurred at around 10 mph within 1 minute after staring the car.
Outside temperature was upper 40 degrees and had rained the night before.
Made a hard left out of a parking space 120ft. before error.
It is hard to correctly remember, since it took me by surprise, but I seem to recall not losing the steering until after the error light was displayed. This makes me think that the loss of steering was more of an effect of the error than a cause of the error.

I will try to be more aware if it happens again. I would also like to know if anyone has had this occur are a speed over 25mph.
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