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Old 02-03-2012, 12:30 PM   #211
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Until that time the problem is growing.

I am from Moscow and we have more than 400 users on one of our local Ford Focus forums that have the same steering problem. Also I saw that there are some other people from other countries have the same steering problem. This problem is global.

EPAS seems to be a cause.

You, guys, have an authority in USA - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - that can stop the sales of this dangerous car.

Can you, please, somebody write a complaint to NHTSA?

Do you have somebody in USA that had an accident because of this steering wandering? In Russia in the advertisements I saw only 2 crashed cars, but these were sold thousands in 2011.

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Old 02-14-2012, 09:44 PM   #212
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Just passed the 4000 mile mark yesterday and today I noticed some of the lane drifting while on the Turnpike at speed and also at low speed. It sort of feels "lose" in a way as the steering felt firm before.
My build date was 29.11.2011.
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:52 PM   #213
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If i talk to my dealer about this, and they insist that i get an alignment instead of carrying out the tsb, would I have to pay for it or would there be a ground for me to get it done for free?
i took mine for the same lane drifting/wandering issue and showed them the TSB and they took it in and did the TSB and found something else.. they had to special order a new sway bar as they found out that on the same TSB it noted that for 12'Focus build prior to Nov. 2011 sway bar was to be put/replaced. after the day the was over, got back my car and did not recieve any additional bill.. the statement i got was for $0 as it was covered by the warranty.
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:06 AM   #214
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My steering feels loose as well (specially at low speeds), drifts mostly to the left as I brake... etc.

My dealer says that "it's normal"... "power-assisted steering it's meant to be soft"... etc etc, guess I'll just try a different dealer :(
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:56 AM   #215
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28 Days Later. . .

I dropped off the car this morning at the dealer. Drove around a bit with the service manager and he didn't see anything.
By car was built 28 days later than the TSB, which he called up and he said he was going to also contract Ford engineering about the issue.

Got a VW Jetta as a loaner, which makes me miss my Focus even more!
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:42 PM   #216
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Dealer just called, they said they didn't find anything.
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Old 02-18-2012, 12:11 PM   #217
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As posted in a thread on the tech forum:
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Your Ford dealer can go on the Ford in-house computer site called HVBOM to determine which steering gear (or any other part for that matter) was installed in your car at the factory. According to the TSB it would either be part number BV6Z-3504-CE OR BV6Z-3504-DE. The TSB states that a 2012 Focus that came with 18 inch wheels should have a BV6Z-3504-CE and without 18 inch wheels, i.e. 16 or 17 inch, it should have a BV6Z-3504-DE. Hope this helps. [Unquote]

I find this very interesting. Different steering gear for the 18's, which I have. So I have to wonder at the implications of going to 16's, which was my plan for winter...
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Old 02-18-2012, 01:34 PM   #218
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Your Ford dealer can go on the Ford in-house computer site called HVBOM to determine which steering gear (or any other part for that matter) was installed in your car at the factory. According to the TSB it would either be part number BV6Z-3504-CE OR BV6Z-3504-DE. The TSB states that a 2012 Focus that came with 18 inch wheels should have a BV6Z-3504-CE and without 18 inch wheels, i.e. 16 or 17 inch, it should have a BV6Z-3504-DE. Hope this helps. [Unquote]

I find this very interesting. Different steering gear for the 18's, which I have. So I have to wonder at the implications of going to 16's, which was my plan for winter...
CAVEAT: this may be totally wrong, but...

It seems to me, possible, that the 18" only steering rack has internally-limited travel, so that the 18" wheels do not foul any of the suspension parts, body structure, etc. So fitting smaller wheels on your car, only would mean that your turning circle is larger than if the car were equipped with 17" or less diameter rims (and had the longer-travel / more sharply turning steering rack from the factory).

I understand that there is also another way to limit steering rack travel... i.e. with external means... so that 18" wheels could be retrofitted to a car.

Like I said, I could be in left field with this... and the more I think of it... why would Ford go to the expense of commissioning the development (from TRW) of another, Titanium-18" wheel car specific steering rack, just for limiting steering travel.

????
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Old 02-18-2012, 01:43 PM   #219
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[QUOTE=clickman;4016591]As posted in a thread on the tech forum:
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Your Ford dealer can go on the Ford in-house computer site called HVBOM to determine which steering gear (or any other part for that matter) was installed in your car at the factory. According to the TSB it would either be part number BV6Z-3504-CE OR BV6Z-3504-DE. The TSB states that a 2012 Focus that came with 18 inch wheels should have a BV6Z-3504-CE and without 18 inch wheels, i.e. 16 or 17 inch, it should have a BV6Z-3504-DE. Hope this helps.
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Do you or does anyone know which part is the one that potentially bad?
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Old 02-18-2012, 02:58 PM   #220
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On Friday I was at my official dealer service. I have EPAS.

The guys from the service reseted all the setting from all the electronic system (not only EPAS, but absolutly all car settings) - the system was totally reinstalled.

After it I was programing this electronic rack on a highway at 70-100 mph. It took to program 30 miles and 20 minutes.

I already run 100 miles and the car have never steer to a wrong direction. Never.

I felt several times that the rack was working and it was steering correctly exactly when it was needed.

I'll keep you informed.
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