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Old 03-24-2012, 09:42 AM   #51
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The car is done. They replaced a steering position sensor. P/N CV6Z*3F818*A. Luckily they didnt charge me "extra fees".
You have a good service dept there, many of Ford service would of told you that lowering your Focus caused the problem, and others would of charged you for the extra time it took.

Glad to hear there's some good Ford Service Centers out there..
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:13 PM   #52
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Is this the same problem?

I've seen this TSB and tried to figure out if its the same issue I'm seeing.

When I drive on the freeway (especially on the "striped" concrete they use here in MI for cold weather) the car feels like it's quickly drifting left or right with no steering input, but doesn't seem to happen on smoother asphalt surfaces.

I don't have to manually recenter the car necessarily (I see people mentioning getting "a workout" having to keep the car straight), but it's really annoying (and will even make you motion sick after a while when it bobs back and forth).

I thought it might be something like the tires just trying to grip the surface and it pushes the car back and forth (heard that's a problem on increasingly larger tires), but don't want to lose my car and have it torn apart if it's not the same thing.

Thanks for any input.
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:35 PM   #53
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I've seen this TSB and tried to figure out if its the same issue I'm seeing.

When I drive on the freeway (especially on the "striped" concrete they use here in MI for cold weather) the car feels like it's quickly drifting left or right with no steering input, but doesn't seem to happen on smoother asphalt surfaces.

I don't have to manually recenter the car necessarily (I see people mentioning getting "a workout" having to keep the car straight), but it's really annoying (and will even make you motion sick after a while when it bobs back and forth).

I thought it might be something like the tires just trying to grip the surface and it pushes the car back and forth (heard that's a problem on increasingly larger tires), but don't want to lose my car and have it torn apart if it's not the same thing.

Thanks for any input.
That's exactly what I was experiencing. I took her in and they said the TSB applies.
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Old 03-26-2012, 01:19 PM   #54
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That's exactly what I was experiencing. I took her in and they said the TSB applies.
Seems I just keep running into issues that are common. I have noticed this wandering at hwy speeds, but also at slower speeds (25-45 mph). If this is the same thing you had then I plan to contact them and take my car in to get this work done. I thought it was because I have the 18" tire package (handling package???) on mine and it was the tires getting in the road grooves, but after reading this post it seems that might not be the case here.

Did the fix really help this issue???
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Seems I just keep running into issues that are common. I have noticed this wandering at hwy speeds, but also at slower speeds (25-45 mph). If this is the same thing you had then I plan to contact them and take my car in to get this work done. I thought it was because I have the 18" tire package (handling package???) on mine and it was the tires getting in the road grooves, but after reading this post it seems that might not be the case here.

Did the fix really help this issue???
See, that's what I thought it was, too. I just have the 17" wheels, but had been told that "seeing the grooves" issue at highway speeds was just the effect of having bigger tires (and that several other cars had the same problem). If it can be corrected, that would be great (it can really make you sea-sick after a while). But if that's not what this TSB addresses, I don't want to lose my car unnecessarily for a while...
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See, that's what I thought it was, too. I just have the 17" wheels, but had been told that "seeing the grooves" issue at highway speeds was just the effect of having bigger tires (and that several other cars had the same problem). If it can be corrected, that would be great (it can really make you sea-sick after a while). But if that's not what this TSB addresses, I don't want to lose my car unnecessarily for a while...
Agreed! I don't want to take my car into the shop and have work done unless it is really needed. I also don't want to have this issue for the rest of the time I own this car either. So hopefully someone can tell us if this is what the TSB is for.
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Seems I just keep running into issues that are common. I have noticed this wandering at hwy speeds, but also at slower speeds (25-45 mph). If this is the same thing you had then I plan to contact them and take my car in to get this work done. I thought it was because I have the 18" tire package (handling package???) on mine and it was the tires getting in the road grooves, but after reading this post it seems that might not be the case here.

Did the fix really help this issue???
I haven't gotten the car back... I should have it back by Wednesday, but as you can see throughout this thread, it has helped many others.

What is your build date? I believe this TSB only applies to cars built prior to August.
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I haven't gotten the car back... I should have it back by Wednesday, but as you can see throughout this thread, it has helped many others.

What is your build date? I believe this TSB only applies to cars built prior to August.
My build date is 8-11-2011.
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My build date is 8-11-2011.
Nevermind, the latest TSB number is for cars built prior to December according to the first page of this thread.

I say if you're having issues controlling the steering on the highway to take it in. Better to be safe.
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Nevermind, the latest TSB number is for cars built prior to December according to the first page of this thread.

I say if you're having issues controlling the steering on the highway to take it in. Better to be safe.
Yeah I will call the dealer and see what they say. Likely they will require I take it in.
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