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Old 07-09-2012, 05:19 PM   #161
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When was your Focus built? I'm curious to know how you can confirm it has the updated rack. Also, I can say that the steering does require some adapting. My Focus had a very pronounced "wander" before the rack was replaced and now drives fine. However, it does track a little different that any other car I've driven. I've heard this about other EPAS cars too.
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:29 PM   #162
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I am having the same steering problems in my 2012 Focus which I recently purchased and was built after the TSB. I took it back to the dealer who recalibrated the steering and then explained to me how I needed to get used to the electronic unit which is different from the previous mechanical type. While the car is racking somewhat better, it still wanders and is difficult to correct.

I have the SE sedan with the sport package...
Congrats on your Focus purchase! You can obtain a second opinion if you feel the steering hasn't improved to your liking. If you'd prefer, please PM me your VIN, mileage, phone #, and servicing dealer; I'll escalate this to your area's Customer Service Manager.

I have the exact same model and feel that Drift Control helps in continuously correcting for any road irregularities. This system also needs to "learn" and adapt to your steering conditions. Along with EPAS, this feature should help reduce the amount of minor steering corrections you will make.

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Honestly it has taken literally months for me get used to the steering on this car. It took me a long time to decide there isn't something wrong with mine.

The steering is SO tight and has such a high ratio... it's a totally different game from your typical family sedan with hydraulic steering.
You bring up a good point. To me, the handling is crisp and tight. The 14.7:1 steering ratio means we don't have to turn the wheel very far to go around a tight corner. The EPAS makes it much more fluid too.

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...I can say that the steering does require some adapting. My Focus had a very pronounced "wander" before the rack was replaced and now drives fine. However, it does track a little different that any other car I've driven. I've heard this about other EPAS cars too.
It also depends on how fast you're driving. At higher speeds, EPAS delivers less steering assist for more confident control. In addition, the automatic Drift Control feature is learning as you drive. It'll adapt to any conditions that can cause your Focus to pull left or right.

Thanks for posting in this thread; keep it going!

Take it easy,

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Old 07-10-2012, 03:09 PM   #163
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^ That's interesting input. Thanks for the information.

I've had my 2012 SEL for about a month now and recently went on my first road trip, which entailed plenty of highway driving. I have to say, the driving experience was horrible! The "breakover" issue was immediately noticeable and had my passenger giving me looks every 10 minutes, as it appeared I was over-correcting my steering constantly. It's as if I couldn't get the car tracking straight down the middle of the road. I'd almost get it there, then the steering wheel would slightly bump over to either side of straight.

The build date of my car is July 2011, so I'm wondering if anything has been done on the steering components of my car. I need to make an appointment at the local dealership I suppose. I am so, so hopeful they can get it straightened out (pardon the pun :p ), b/c the car is enjoyable in almost every other aspect (SYNC not withstanding. Please default to last source mode!!!!)
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:14 PM   #164
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(SYNC not withstanding. Please default to last source mode!!!!)
I assume you meant My Ford Touch (MFT)? The current Sync software seems to work fairly well.
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Old 07-10-2012, 04:39 PM   #165
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I assume you meant My Ford Touch (MFT)? The current Sync software seems to work fairly well.
I don't want to steer the thread away from it's original intent, but no, I meant SYNC. My SYNC system (non-MFT) defaults to Line In every damn time I go to AUX mode. I want it to default to Bluetooth Audio or USB if that is what I used when I last exited the car.

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Old 07-13-2012, 01:06 PM   #166
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My 2012 SE 5spd HB sport has the “breakover force problem”. The car will start to drift left or right and you need to apply a increased effort to turn the steering wheel to correct for the drift. The problem becomes amplified because the increase in steering effort results in an over correction that then needs to be reversed to straighten the vehicle. “PING PONG EFFECT”

Took the car to the dealer yesterday and they had checked my vin#, which showed that the TSB 12-02-17 did apply. That is the end of the discussion about the need to perform the work. The Ford Factory engineers and service departments have determined that there is a problem with the affected cars and the TSB was generated to correct the problem.
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Old 07-13-2012, 01:32 PM   #167
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I just had that done and waited three weeks for the parts to come in. It did correct the steering.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:13 PM   #168
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Good to hear that the TSB did solve the problem. I'm waiting for the parts so my car can be fixed.

Here is a question for everyone: HOW SHOULD THE STEERING WORK?

I drove my 95 Escort with hydraulic power steering today and noted how it worked. The Escort is clearly a pleasure to steer compared to my new Focus. The Escort requires minimum effort to make a small change in steering, as you turn the steering wheel more the effort required increases. There is a direct relationship between steering effort and how much the wheel is turned. THIS IS HOW THE STEERING SHOULD WORK.

If your Focus's ELECTRIC POWER STEERING requires a significant effort for small steering corrections - it is not working properly.
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:16 PM   #169
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Well I just returned home from dropping off my Focus for the steering issue.

Fingers are crossed that they can recognize the issue when it happens.

Upon calling, the gentleman said he's never heard of any steering issues with the Focus, so I'm not sure what to expect here. I just hope it gets all straightened out. And if they need to order parts, what then? Will I have to be in a rental car that long?

The short 10 minute drive home in the crappy Nissan Sentra rental has me missing my sweet Focus already!

I'll hear from them tomorrow once they can diagnose it.

To be continued...
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^ That's interesting input. Thanks for the information.

I've had my 2012 SEL for about a month now and recently went on my first road trip, which entailed plenty of highway driving. I have to say, the driving experience was horrible! The "breakover" issue was immediately noticeable and had my passenger giving me looks every 10 minutes, as it appeared I was over-correcting my steering constantly. It's as if I couldn't get the car tracking straight down the middle of the road. I'd almost get it there, then the steering wheel would slightly bump over to either side of straight...
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Well I just returned home from dropping off my Focus for the steering issue.

Fingers are crossed that they can recognize the issue when it happens.

...I just hope it gets all straightened out. And if they need to order parts, what then? Will I have to be in a rental car that long?...
It's my pleasure! If you'd like, please PM me your VIN, mileage, phone #, and dealer info; I'll shoot these details to your region's Customer Service Manager for review.

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I just had that done and waited three weeks for the parts to come in. It did correct the steering.
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kjl2012,
Good to hear that the TSB did solve the problem. I'm waiting for the parts so my car can be fixed.

Here is a question for everyone: HOW SHOULD THE STEERING WORK?...

...If your Focus's ELECTRIC POWER STEERING requires a significant effort for small steering corrections - it is not working properly.
Hey guys -

We try very hard to expedite the proper manufacture and shipment of parts. Thanks for hanging in there, kjl2012!

Did your dealer give you a parts ETA, gzrfun? I'd like to fill in your region's CSM; please send me your VIN, mileage, phone #, and dealer info.

The Electric Power-Assisted Steering offers light, responsive steering around town and for parking. At higher speeds, EPAS delivers less steering assist for more confident control.

With regards,

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