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Old 09-04-2010, 07:52 PM   #1
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What's the problem with steering columns?

They are disappearing from all Focus models at salvage yards at the rate at which SOHC engines have ? Is there an notable problem that develops after high mileage?


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Old 09-04-2010, 09:05 PM   #2
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I thought the same thing after visiting a few salvage yards however I came to realize they removed all the columns and had them stored seperately.
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I thought the same thing after visiting a few salvage yards however I came to realize they removed all the columns and had them stored seperately.
Hmmm - that's a possibility but it's happening at pick and pulls where they don't have storage space/facilities for anything other than what's in the yard. And it looks like mostly Focus' in the Ford sections.

Someone buying them up and storing them anticipating a problem or need we don't know about yet?

(Conspiracy Theory: There has to be a good one for this....... Oh-oh-oh Toyota buying them to rework all of their fly by wire problems? Or ...maybe Ford is buying them in anticipation of reworking all of their future "fly-by-wire" retrofits.)

idk but what gives here?
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I hate "Pull-A-Part" franchises. Pay $2 to walk around and find nothing you need. I prefer the old fashioned- no entry fee- junkyards.

What do you need a steering column for?
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I hate "Pull-A-Part" franchises. Pay $2 to walk around and find nothing you need. I prefer the old fashioned- no entry fee- junkyards.
Even better by me. No fee to walk around and find nothing. Unless you are looking for parts for a LTD.
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What do you need a steering column for?
Rhetorically? Philosophically? - lol.

Don't really need the column. Stopped by a P-n-P Friday as they were having a 50% off sale over the weekend. Saw a nicer/in better shape steering wheel I was going to go back and get when I had my tools and a few more minutes. Got there too late Saturday, the whole column and all was gone. Just like most of the other Focus'.

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I hate "Pull-A-Part" franchises. Pay $2 to walk around and find nothing you need. I prefer the old fashioned- no entry fee- junkyards.
Comparing the old to the 'new' - New's got wheel barrows, hoists, porta-potties (disgusting though), and hand wash stations - plus no weeds, rattle snakes or black widows/brown recluse.

And...... as I say a day at the salvage is like a day fishing - some days you catch something, some days you don't.

Oh - and those cranky old farts at the old time yards just haven't kept up with the times. Haven't changed their pricing realistically or their marketing/PR position. i.e. - $10 for knobs/small parts vs. "take it - have a good day".

Plus with a $2 admission, I've never felt guilty about pulling something apart at the P-n-P just to see how to do it - worth the admission and cheaper than a movie too.

I hear ya though there are always pros/cons.....
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