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Old 07-03-2011, 10:12 PM   #21
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So is there anything more to this? Anyone find anything to 'fix' this? This is quite possibly the most annoying thing I've experienced with a car...it's literally a chore to drive after 30 minutes or so. Plus I look like an idiot driving down the freeway like someone bowling with the gutter guards down.
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Old 07-03-2011, 11:17 PM   #22
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So is there anything more to this? Anyone find anything to 'fix' this? This is quite possibly the most annoying thing I've experienced with a car...it's literally a chore to drive after 30 minutes or so. Plus I look like an idiot driving down the freeway like someone bowling with the gutter guards down.
Well my car now has over 800 miles on it. Most of it highway. I came from a car with hydraulic steering and there was definetley an adjustment period to the electronic steering. Especially on the highway.

While it can be annoying sometimes I basically have realized that is just the way the car behaves on the highway.

I've found ways to make it a non-issue.. namely:

-Drive with 2 hands on the wheel, 10 and 2.
-Make VERY slight adjustments to the steering wheel. It is very easy to "overcorrect" (thus causing the "drifting" effect) and I've found that very slightly nudging the wheel is the best way to correct the right amount. It's much easier to do this with 2 hands on the wheel.
-Don't overthink it. I think adjusting to the electric steering got me overthinking the way the car drives on the highway.

Granted maybe you do really have a problem, but ever since I stopped over thinking it, I've found it quite enjoyable to drive on the highway, for the most part.

I'd much rather prefer hydraulic, but what can you do. The world is moving to electric-assisted everything, so we will work with what you got.

That's the best advice I can give. Hope it helps.
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:15 PM   #23
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I had the same situation when making a 4k trip a couple of wks ago. It seemed like the type road and wind conditions factored in. With light winds it seemed less noticeable. You're right..... the steering seems much more sensitive, At this point it doesn't seem significant but will mention it when taking it in for service. Will appreciate your feedback also.
4K trip?! Unless you drove to California and back that seems excessive.


Also, I have 3700 miles on my Titanium 5-door and I've never experienced a single problem like this, OP. My car keeps moving straight even when I gun it on the highway. It doesn't "lock" itself into any direction at all. Hit the dealer and complain.
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Electric steering took a little bit to adjust to as the ratios are speed dependent. I have no issues with the steering at any speed. Just the large turning radius on such a small car
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Well my car now has over 800 miles on it. Most of it highway. I came from a car with hydraulic steering and there was definetley an adjustment period to the electronic steering. Especially on the highway.

While it can be annoying sometimes I basically have realized that is just the way the car behaves on the highway.

I've found ways to make it a non-issue.. namely:

-Drive with 2 hands on the wheel, 10 and 2.
-Make VERY slight adjustments to the steering wheel. It is very easy to "overcorrect" (thus causing the "drifting" effect) and I've found that very slightly nudging the wheel is the best way to correct the right amount. It's much easier to do this with 2 hands on the wheel.
-Don't overthink it. I think adjusting to the electric steering got me overthinking the way the car drives on the highway.

Granted maybe you do really have a problem, but ever since I stopped over thinking it, I've found it quite enjoyable to drive on the highway, for the most part.

I'd much rather prefer hydraulic, but what can you do. The world is moving to electric-assisted everything, so we will work with what you got.

That's the best advice I can give. Hope it helps.
+1 to this. I've been driving the car on the highway to and from work the past few days and have been noticing this more and more. I agree it is annoying and the steering is very sensitive to slight movements at 70mph. The best way I can describe this is that when the wheel is centered going straight, there is a small notch of resistance if you move the wheel either way. You tend to put more effort into the wheel because of it and when you do and you get past that 'notch', that's when the car responds with a large amount of adjustment to the wheels rather than the smaller amount you expected.

I'd like to add though that grooves in the road are exaggerated by this system. I find they have way more affect on wheel in this car than any other car I've driven. That's definitely not a positive thing.

So nope, I don't think people are crazy to complain about the steering on these. The car still handles well in corners, but maintaining a straight path definitely requires more effort.
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Old 07-04-2011, 04:18 PM   #26
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Yes it was 4K miles by the time we visited relatives in iowa and ill plus trips to Grand Canyon, Mt Rushmore along with two visits to Col Springs.

For the most part no major problems but the steering took some getting used to. Much different than the hydraulics I was familiar with. Also we are having the dealer look into an annoying front end rattle which is most obvious at slow speeds over rough roads. It sounded at first like it was coming from the center console but after removing the side cover couldn't find anything significant other than some shoddy ductwork installation which didn't fit together that well. While talking about the hvac ductwork it was noted that the offset fittings under the front seat that direct air to the rear don't fit that well either and mine came loose on the passenger side when the seat was adjusted.

On the plus side the overall mpg was very good at over 40. average. There were times when we were running in the mid forties.

If anyone is experiencing or has resolved the front end rattling issue would appreciate hearing from you.
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I'm still having issues, the dealer had my car for a week! I picked it up Friday and within 30 minutes the problem arose again, and I was only doing about 45mph this time on a regular road. I drove it all weekend to see if it was any better and it was not. It took 3 techs test driving it before one of them finally had it happen to them. Ford told him to check for binding in the steering column, all clear, so then tech was told to re-attach a ground wire somewhere and that was it. He took it for a test drive and all was fine, whick I believe, beacuse it is so intermitten. 95% of time it steers beautifully! Other times its just a minor notchy feeling, but once in a while it gets a little scary, to the point where I won't keep the car if they cant find a fix for it. I'll be calling the dealer again today to let them know the issue is still there and to see what the next step is. I'll keep you posted.
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I'm still having issues, the dealer had my car for a week! I picked it up Friday and within 30 minutes the problem arose again, and I was only doing about 45mph this time on a regular road. I drove it all weekend to see if it was any better and it was not. It took 3 techs test driving it before one of them finally had it happen to them. Ford told him to check for binding in the steering column, all clear, so then tech was told to re-attach a ground wire somewhere and that was it. He took it for a test drive and all was fine, whick I believe, beacuse it is so intermitten. 95% of time it steers beautifully! Other times its just a minor notchy feeling, but once in a while it gets a little scary, to the point where I won't keep the car if they cant find a fix for it. I'll be calling the dealer again today to let them know the issue is still there and to see what the next step is. I'll keep you posted.
I assume this is not happening to everyone here but the fact that you keep saying "within 30 minutes" has me puzzled. Does it sometimes happen right away or does it always take close to 30 minutes? Once you reach the 30 minute mark, does it happen more frequently? If it were programing then everyone would have the exact same problem so that leaves whatever sensors that are used to detect an off center pull or some weird mechanical issue.
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I would say it happens about 50% of the time around the 30 minute mark of a continuous drive. Sometimes it lasts a long time, sometimes it comes and goes. It's a very distinctive change in the way the steering feels. I've had friends in the car notice the jerky driving and then hold the wheel so they can feel it too. Sunday it didn't happen at all (which is rare), usuaually it happens everyday. But it rarely seems to happen right away after you've come to stop, and then take back off. I love everything else about this car and I hope that this is something that is fixable. One of these days I'm get a officer of the law behind me and he's gonna pull me over, it is that noticable when its going bad. lol.
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Yes, it always happens for me after 30 minutes of freeway driving. Don't have too many roads by me that offer similar straight line/no stopping driving outside of freeways. 30 min isn't exact, but close to. Might be a bit longer.

But it NEVER happens right away.
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