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Old 07-20-2011, 12:05 PM   #71
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Hi, we don't have the handling package over here in the UK, just the 18" wheels as a option.

EDIT: My bad, it seems conti's are also fitted to lower spec cars as well over here as well. After my experience with them I'm glad my foci won't have them fitted, I hope...
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Yeah it makes sense that the contis are on lower trims since the Michelin's are almost 270 USD per tire here in the states, lol though to be honest if you had told me the Michelin's came as an option on all Focus I would not be surprised if Europe, again, got another awesome option that we did not get in the states. :D like the ability to get a Michelin tire and the 18' wheels on a non-Titanium trim Focus
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:35 PM   #72
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Hi, the 18" wheels are only a option for the Ti and Tix models over here.
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Old 07-20-2011, 04:21 PM   #73
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Re:the steering lockup/or binding.I finally got Ford corp. on it !! My car goes back to a dealer next week for the fix. It appears it is the rack/sensor/interface assy.
I will post results next week.
p.s. ford stated they do have a few problems that are steering related.I'm sure they will address the issue.
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Look forward to hearing the story... I am staying tuned.
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Old 07-27-2011, 02:57 AM   #75
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I'm hoping they'll be some kind of recall or service advice posted in the future for this the issue seems pretty widespread.
My SE does this quite often out on the highway. I even had the alignment checked by my local Midas to be sure and they said it was spot on. Naturally its confusing then that I would still have to tilt the wheel sideways to make it go straight. I'm even somewhat used to speed sensitive steering; my previous car a 1996 Cadillac Deville had GM's Magnasteer, which basically changed the hydraulic steering's pressure at different speeds. Around a parking lot it was like turning a boat with an old style wooden wheel, and on the freeway it was more or less like my dads 08 Mazda3 albeit with much less road feel. In my opinion, electric steering should have been delayed by a few years until automakers could work the kinks out. I've heard that a lot of new hyundai's are having this issue also. Here's a video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olPpBwbxhWw (If someone posted this already I'm sorry)
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Old 07-27-2011, 06:42 AM   #76
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Hi, EPSA has been on cars for years, first time there has been any issues surfacing. BTY, the Focus steering also has variable assistance as you describe...
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Old 07-27-2011, 09:11 PM   #77
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Electronic Steering

I noticed this a bit, and I think it has to do with two things.

First, there is some type of system that counteracts steady crosswinds and I'm wondering if some setup of tires and pressure, road, rims, or something like that negatively effects this.

Second, there is that torque vectoring traction control mode, and I noticed if I turn off traction control when I'm feeling the zig zag, the wheel losens a little bit and doesn't seem to pull.

Also, that small deadband in the steering wheel actually effects vehicle direction.
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Old 07-28-2011, 06:58 AM   #78
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Hi, torque vectoring should only kick in when under hard cornering, it should make no difference when driving in a straight line http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2...explained.html
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Hi, torque vectoring should only kick in when under hard cornering, it should make no difference when driving in a straight line http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2...explained.html
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Right, my only point was it is a system, that if malfunctioning, could cause the vehicle to steer or drift when moving in a straight line.
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Old 07-28-2011, 11:14 AM   #80
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Hi, maybe it could, although it works by applying the brakes to each individual wheel not putting any movement into the steering. It isn't really much different from the esp that's already fitted. Having said that, if you think that might be the cause, your brakes would be really hot with increased pad wear and dust. Might be worth looking for.
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