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Old 07-04-2005, 06:16 AM   #1
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Steering wheel play

Hi,

I live in turkey,
My car is a focus st130 (ZX3 equivalent in europe) with model year 2001

I have this problem with steering;

When taking sharp turns such fast that the front wheels begin to slip and stick on the road or when taking turns on roads with enough bumps and dips so that i get some feedback on the steering wheel, i get a clanking noise .

I took my car to service dealer they test-drove the car and said they can reduce the problem by adjusting the steering box. They also said that they cannot completely eliminate the problem. I had them do the adjustment, whatever it is,

Can anyone tell what that adjustment is?

The result is exactly the same as they mentioned. Now i have better directional stability and have to force the car more to get the clanking noise, however the steering wheel feels tighter than it was before..

I doubt this is the proper way of dealing with the problem,


There is also some steering wheel play, when i wave the wheel about 1 inch left-to right back and forth, i feel a hitting noise.. After servicing the play remains the same. Service people said this is normal and not relevant to the problem i experience, though i am not quite convinced about this..


I have extended warranty on my car and will insist on replacement of any part if needed,


Any comments appreciated,
Deniz


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Old 07-04-2005, 07:45 PM   #2
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Adjusting the steering box! Your focus doesn't HAVE a steering box! This car has rack and pinion steering. I could be very wrong about this, but I think rack and pinion steering is non-adjustable. Is it possible versions of this car do not have the rack and pinion steering?

Having said that, If your car DOES have a steering box, adjusting it would result in exactly what you are experiencing, and yes, it's a perfectly good thing to do.
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Most probably you are right. I really do not know the answer. One of my friends who owns a 2003' ford focus said his brand new car had the same problem and he insisted that it be fixed via warranty. He said rack and pinion mechanism was replaced completely.

Then i wonder what they did on my car because it feels different now, tighter actually. Maybe they tightened some part so that the wheels are steered harder, so less impact is transferred to the steering column so the play is felt less maybe?

Seems i have to investigate deeper on this..
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Old 07-05-2005, 02:09 AM   #4
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Ask the dealer what they did. See if they will show you.
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No, the zx3 has no steering box, yes it is a rack and pinion setup but I'm not sure if the focus steering rack is adjustable, the old manual racks ARE adjustable in a manner similar to a steering box. I also have a certain amount of play coming from my steering, not too bad but I find it very annoying but with all the problems in my life it can take a back seat...way back to everything else. I would love to know what the dealer did to your car.
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Old 07-05-2005, 09:06 AM   #6
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This morning i've taken my car to the service dealer where i usually have my car serviced, to have the rubber bearings of the front anti-roll bar replaced.. I told them about the steering wheel story (it was done somewhere else). They said they do not know of such an adjustment.. They noted that for my car's mileage (50K+) that much of steering play is normal.. This kind of reply is not surprising for a ford dealer..

Which one should i take account for? These dealers both are among best-known authorized Ford dealers in turkey, i have some experience with several others too.. All are the same.

Customer satisfaction of Ford sucks in Turkey, hope it's not the case there..
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