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Old 04-06-2012, 10:01 AM   #91
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Yeah they said they had the mounting hardware also. Was yours gone so long because they forgot to order all the parts?
I don't believe they forgot to order all the parts, rather that the bolts were on back order and currently are for several of us on here..
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:16 AM   #92
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I don't believe they forgot to order all the parts, rather that the bolts were on back order and currently are for several of us on here..
My best guess is the backorder since the only information I have from my dealership is "they'll be in tomorrow." I'm fairly certain the TSB lists exactly what parts are needed so it seems unlikely they forgot them. I'm not sure how the system works, but it wouldn't surprise me if there was a "click to order these TSB parts" button or something.
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:05 PM   #93
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Well, received another call today. They stated they did get the bolts in and installed the new equipment, but now my car is throwing an error stating that the "Steering Angle Sensor" needs to be replaced. They asked me if I wanted to take it for the weekend or leave it with them. Didn't want to drive around in something I had no faith in staying on the road so I told them I would pick it up on Monday after they install the new thing and make sure it doesn't explode. So...that's nice.
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Well, received another call today. They stated they did get the bolts in and installed the new equipment, but now my car is throwing an error stating that the "Steering Angle Sensor" needs to be replaced. They asked me if I wanted to take it for the weekend or leave it with them. Didn't want to drive around in something I had no faith in staying on the road so I told them I would pick it up on Monday after they install the new thing and make sure it doesn't explode. So...that's nice.
The same thing happened to mine. It sucks having to wait on ford.
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Received call this afternoon and Ford dealer has my bolts in...Taking it in Monday morning...
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I was just at my local dealership and asked about the steering TSB...He checked his list and it did not come up..The only one was "Stiff Steering on start up"..Then he told me dealerships in the US.will usually get all the TSB reports long before canada will eg.. MFT update mailouts...He said if there is one it will certainly come here eventually... "sighs" .. twiddles thumbs and patiently waits for fixes....
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I've had my SE sedan on 16" steelies for about 3 weeks and I'm finding it very difficult to get used to the steering, wondering if I have this issue or not.

My build date is December 2011.

The thing is, I've been driving Gen 4 Tauruses (a 2002 and a 2004) exclusively for like 8 years, so maybe I'm just having trouble getting used to the electric power steering?

With the Taurus, as long as your alignment was good, that thing would hold a straight path for half a mile on level highway, and you could EASILY move the steering wheel a fraction of a millimeter to compensate if you got a little off track.

This new Focus has incredibly touchy steering. I find that I have to push relatively hard to actually make the wheel move, but it's so touchy that even applying -pressure- to the steering wheel (not even enough to make it move) can change the direction of the car. I'm having to *constantly* make adjustments to my steering, but this isn't just at freeway speeds, it happens at 60mph or 45 mph or 30 mph. It seems to take a lot more force to budge the wheel on the Focus, and very tiny adjustments create a huge impact in your direction.

How do you guys feel about this? Is it just me?
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I've had my SE sedan on 16" steelies for about 3 weeks and I'm finding it very difficult to get used to the steering, wondering if I have this issue or not.

My build date is December 2011.

The thing is, I've been driving Gen 4 Tauruses (a 2002 and a 2004) exclusively for like 8 years, so maybe I'm just having trouble getting used to the electric power steering?

With the Taurus, as long as your alignment was good, that thing would hold a straight path for half a mile on level highway, and you could EASILY move the steering wheel a fraction of a millimeter to compensate.

This new Focus has incredibly touchy steering. I find that I have to push relatively hard to actually make the wheel move, but it's so touchy that even applying -pressure- to the steering wheel (not even enough to make it move) can change the direction of the car. I'm having to *constantly* make adjustments to my steering, but this isn't just at freeway speeds, it happens at 60mph or 45 mph or 30 mph.

How do you guys feel about this? Is it just me?
Not sure what you are describing is the same as mine. I get a "wobble" at highway speeds. It feels like there are wind gusts pushing the car around even though there is no wind. It can be very unnerving. If you are getting this issue, contact your dealer right away and ask them to fix it.
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:04 AM   #99
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Hmm, yeah, that does sound different.
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This new Focus has incredibly touchy steering. I find that I have to push relatively hard to actually make the wheel move, but it's so touchy that even applying -pressure- to the steering wheel (not even enough to make it move) can change the direction of the car. I'm having to *constantly* make adjustments to my steering, but this isn't just at freeway speeds, it happens at 60mph or 45 mph or 30 mph. It seems to take a lot more force to budge the wheel on the Focus, and very tiny adjustments create a huge impact in your direction.

How do you guys feel about this? Is it just me?
Sounds exactly like the improperly set steering centre position sensor problem (from the steering gear manufacturing plant) for which there is a TSB. The EPAS is fighting you, about the centre position... I suspect it feels like there is a detent, or an about-centre force or a roughness / higher force evident about-centre. So, it is hard to move it off-centre, but once the steering "gives way", you've pushed it too far (and it veers off) and you have to correct the car's course, in the opposite direction. And of course, then, you face the exact-same issue, in the opposite direction. So the car moves from steering left to steering right, and back and forth and back and forth, all of the way down the road. Folks have said it is downright exhausting to keep doing this, all of the way down the road, for any distance.

Apparently this action is not always evident at lower speeds, or it is not always evident until some time at speed has occurred.

If this is what you are feeling, you need a new steering rack, c/w an assortment of bolts -- all detailed in the TSB.
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