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Old 07-17-2014, 06:34 AM   #1
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Loud banging/thus sound at full wheel turn

Hello all. This is a great place to get info on Focus. Kudos to one and all.
I just bought a 14 Focus SE sport package 5spd manual and has about 1500miles on since. For the second time yesterday, I heard a loud banging or 'thud' sound when trying to turn the wheel to make a sharp turn at a very slow speed in a gas station. The sound was from front left i think, but not positive. I felt like the front end was going over something or lifting off when this happened. Also, the steering wheel doesn't end at full turn, it continues to rotate. The car also feels very unstable on the freeways and doesn't feel well planted at all. I do know about the auto correction of the steering wheel but it feels more like the car is just swinging from one side to another. I plan to take it to the dealer his morning. Any thoughts on this issue? I tried to search all night but didn't find any similar problem. Maybe I wasn't thorough in my searches. Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-17-2014, 07:11 AM   #2
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This is the most unsafe situation I can remember reading in a thread. Don't even drive it to the dealership, have them send a tow truck to retrieve it.
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Old 07-17-2014, 07:44 AM   #3
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the update on this situation:
When i turn my steering wheel all the way to the right, its fine, stops at full rotation.
When i turn it to the left, it stops when car is stationary, but i can continue to turn left if I start moving even past full rotation and this is when the banging sound happens. Yet to go to the dealership. They gave me an appointment 2 weeks from now, but somehow I have convinced them to just take a peak into the problem today. New car frustrations!!!
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Old 07-17-2014, 12:58 PM   #4
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Update: Dropped the car at the dealership. Here is what he found.. The steering rotates about 1 and 1/4 rotation to turn all the way to the right and 1 and 3/8 to turn all the way to left. However, while trying to turn left in motion, it can steer more than 1 and 3/8 to left along with a banging noise in the front. According to the dealership, they have no idea what they are dealing with but they said that it is definitely not safe to drive it. So, have a loaner car for now. Any thoughts on what could be the culprit here? Thanks!
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Steering is supposed to be more limited in the sport Pkg/large wheels to prevent wheel hitting the body.

Something is Def. wrong with that between steering too much & not steering well.

Betting on a new rack before you drive it again....
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Old 07-18-2014, 08:57 AM   #6
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I am hoping so too that it comes back with a new rack and pinion. There was also a small chunk of metal debry I found when his happened in the parking lot and my suspicion is it might have happened due to a misalignment in the rack-pinion. it has the 16" machined sport wheels.

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Old 07-22-2014, 02:59 PM   #7
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Update: It has been 5 days and is still sitting at the dealership waiting for a new steering gear.
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Old 07-25-2014, 11:33 AM   #8
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Update (7/25): Service adviser called and said, "the steering gear was replaced. the noise is 'pretty much' gone. but the steering wheel is still off-centered. we don't know what is going on. may take a couple of days to figure out. but we should be able to fix it." At this point, I am starting to get a little frustrated that I don't get to drive the car that I paid for. It's been 9 days. it has been at the service center more than I have had it. I am not sure if I am regretting buying this car or just plain frustrated.
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the steering wheel is still off-centered. we don't know what is going on.
None of this is comforting to me - and it's not even my car.

I would think anything capable of making the steering wheel off-centered would be visible just by looking at the steering and suspension components... If the steering wheel / gear is centered and the outer tie rod ends are about even, the only other thing I could think of is a suspension components. I don't even think forgetting to 0 the steering wheel angle or reset pull-drift compensation would make the wheel off-centered or cause noises, you'd just be fighting the steering the whole time.

Good luck! Only items left I could think of are
  • strut bearings
  • tie rod ends (hopefully these were already checked!)
  • lower control arm bushings
  • sub-frame (improperly aligned)
  • bushings between the frame and the steering gear (if applicable?)
  • maybe a bent/seized strut? But even that doesn't really make sense to me.

Those sorts of problems would certainly explain the banging/thuds.
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Old 07-25-2014, 02:33 PM   #10
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PratoN, those are some valuable points. i should just pass them on to the dealer since he keeps saying "we have no idea what might be going on".
I am starting to worry a bit that the car might never get better, in other words, will always have some sort of issue related to this for the rest of the time I am going to own it.
I am not even sure if there is a Ford Service representative or technician who is on this forum who might help out a little about this.

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