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Old 07-22-2013, 03:30 PM   #31
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I think my steering wheel is crooked (13 se). Only have 450 miles, I've never even hit a pothole...

My 12 fiesta had a crooked wheel when I got it too but im starting to think itight be in my head. It seems like 50 percent of the time its fine but sometimes I need to go like a tiny bit to the right to keep it straight. It seems intermittent which sounds odd to me.

Anyway I adjusted my tire pressure this morning and it may have fixed it. The right rear was like 44...the rest were about 41. Do you think that could have been it? Also, the roads where I live seem to change slope every 20 feet so its really hard to tell.

Anyone else have an issue like this?

P.s. on my cell phone so sorry for grammar etc.
This vehicle has electric steering so has no direct linkage to the steering box....the days are gone of having an alignment tech correct a crooked wheel....it needs to be recentered so that the sensor telling the steering rack thinks its straight
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:32 PM   #32
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This vehicle has electric steering so has no direct linkage to the steering box....the days are gone of having an alignment tech correct a crooked wheel....it needs to be recentered so that the sensor telling the steering rack thinks its straight
I believe it does have a direct linkage. It's just power-assisted with an electric motor instead of hydraulic.

That said, the sensor might still be off.
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Old 07-22-2013, 04:25 PM   #33
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Yeah, the electronic assist simply replaces the hydraulic assist. So there still is direct linkage. Its just assisted by electronic means rather than hydraulic means...which frees up engine horsepower (no belt-driven pump) and increases gas mileage.

This whole thing could very well be in my head, but I'm a fairly logical thinker ... And if there were an explanation as simple as my imagination here, I would have concluded that by now.

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Old 07-22-2013, 04:46 PM   #34
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This vehicle has electric steering so has no direct linkage to the steering box....the days are gone of having an alignment tech correct a crooked wheel....it needs to be recentered so that the sensor telling the steering rack thinks its straight
Wrong.

The steering wheel is directly connected to the front wheels- this is why you can turn the wheels if the car is off. What you're describing is a steer-by-wire system like like the one described here.

The system in our car replaces the typical hydraulic pump with an electric motor, which in turn provides assistance in turning the wheels.

You still have to see an alignment tech to have the wheel straightened. Or, in my case, make it ever-so-slightly worse.
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:14 PM   #35
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My car has the "crooked wheel" as well... alignment is perfect and has always been, buy my wheel is not centered properly. i.e. if I have my wheel held perfectly straight, the wheels are turned right a bit. It's always bothered me but Ford has never been willing to correct the issue.

Oh well. Once I get new wheels and lowering springs I'll have it re-aligned and make sure the issue is taken care of.

On a side note, I got super jealous/sad today to see that there was a performance blue ST in town... my deal fell through on an oxford white one just last week and I would have been the first to have one here :( oh well. Time to mod my SEL instead and save all that money I would have been putting into the ST every month! lol
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:38 PM   #36
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My wife really likes my car...and her lease on her Toyota is up in 2 months...there is a slight chance of an ST in my future. It is a very low chance though. If I did it over again, I'd strongly consider a dark color manual transmission.

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If I did it over again, I'd strongly consider a dark color ...
I have Kona Blue and let me warn you: So. Much. Washing.
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:25 PM   #38
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that's why you get gray or silver :)
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:13 PM   #39
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Yeah I have white. My fiesta was white. My wife's corolla is silver. I've owned 2 black trucks and my last truck was an 07 f150 that was the dark blue color. Black looks good dirty in my opinion.

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Old 11-02-2013, 07:04 PM   #40
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Just to add to this. My car has been starting to drift slightly to the left lately. Its driving me insane. I am gonna have an alignment check done soon to see if that is the issue. Maybe the tires are wearing unevenly and causing the pulling sensation? IDK its all speculation at this point.
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