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Loose Steering in 2014 Energi


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#1 OFFLINE   Svany217

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 06:20 PM

Hi all, New to the forum but I own two Energis so I thought I should join.
Has anyone had any issues with steering looseness? My 2014 was my first plug in hybrid, and I bought it in 2016. I took it to the local Ford dealership about a month after I bought it with complaints that the steering was a bit loose. The car at that time had about 9k miles on it so everything was under warranty. The Ford service folks told me to was fine and that plug in hybrids just drove a little differently. Two years later, now at 70k miles (I drive a lot) and I bought another Energi, a 2013. It's steering is completely normal and feels like my husband's Camry Hybrid. So now we are both wondering what the heck is going on with this 2014's steering. It's not difficult to turn, just had a tendency to pull right and has a lot of play. It's been aligned and maintained regularly, new tires and alignment back in March/April.

I'm reading about the steering issues in the Fusions and I'm wondering if this could be related? Not sure if Ford uses any of the same parts, but I don't see a recall for the C-Max's on the steering. Any advice?







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#2 OFFLINE   grege

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 03:02 AM

I'd try another dealer to check it.  Have a 2018 titanium hybrid and the steering is odd, meaning it feels like it drifts slightly, requiring more driver attention and input to correct.  My wife's 2017 energi does not seem to do this.  It is faint, but it is there and unlike previous cars I've owned.  Eventually, I'll have it checked but suspect it'll be reported as "normal" or "can't reproduce".

 

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#3 OFFLINE   yeedk

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 02:42 PM

Could it be this?

Recall Number
14V514000
Recall Date
08/22/2014
Component
STEERING
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2014 Focus and C-Max vehicles manufactured August 8, 2014, to August 15, 2014. The affected vehicles may have steering gears that were incorrectly assembled.

Consequence
The incorrectly manufactured steering gears may cause impaired steering, including the loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.

What Owners Should Do
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering gears, free of charge. The recall began on November 11, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S18.

#4 OFFLINE   yeedk

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 02:42 PM

Removed double post.

Edited by yeedk, 11 October 2018 - 02:44 PM.


#5 OFFLINE   Svany217

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 06:24 PM

Thank you both.. I'll look into the recall but I think the car was manufactured late 2013 based on what I see on the sticker inside the door. But maybe Ford will still look into it for me and pay for it? Crossing my fingers.

I'm glad to hear that at least one other C-Max owner has experienced this as well... Obviously your 2018 is much newer than mine but if your wife's 2017 doesn't have it maybe it's a hit or miss issue.

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 06:24 PM

Must have clicked post twice... Deleted a double post.

Edited by Svany217, 11 October 2018 - 06:26 PM.


#7 OFFLINE   GTIguy

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Posted 20 November 2018 - 10:55 AM

This reported problem is surprising, because both my C-Maxes, E & H, have outstanding steering accuracy and feel. It's just a fat Focus, after all, and the focus platform is very well-regarded and raced worldwide. And I'm more critical of sloppy steering than any other aspect of performance. My last car was a GTI. I don't miss the speed, but I insist on that same taut steering feel. I'd rather have a slow car than a sloppy car!

 

In every case, the first thing to check is tire pressure. I aim for 40 all around, while some hypermilers pump higher that that. Second, visit an alignment shop. If those two check out, it's either worn shocks, bushings or a bent component. That's old-school car advice; of the mysteries of electric power steering, I know nothing.

 

The dealer advice that "plug in cars drive differently" is absurd. An Energi's front/rear weight distribution is slightly better balanced due to the big battery, but it's a small difference. The weight is carried high, so it's a little more tippy in the turns. But their steering is the same. I know; I have one of each in my driveway. How many Ford dealer employees can say that? Maybe the worst thing about owning a C-Max is that we owners will increasingly know more about these vehicles than the trick and SUV owners who fix them for a living.


Edited by GTIguy, 20 November 2018 - 10:56 AM.

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#8 OFFLINE   grege

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Posted 22 November 2018 - 06:14 AM

This reported problem is surprising, because both my C-Maxes, E & H, have outstanding steering accuracy and feel. It's just a fat Focus, after all, and the focus platform is very well-regarded and raced worldwide. And I'm more critical of sloppy steering than any other aspect of performance. My last car was a GTI. I don't miss the speed, but I insist on that same taut steering feel. I'd rather have a slow car than a sloppy car!

 

In every case, the first thing to check is tire pressure. I aim for 40 all around, while some hypermilers pump higher that that. Second, visit an alignment shop. If those two check out, it's either worn shocks, bushings or a bent component. That's old-school car advice; of the mysteries of electric power steering, I know nothing.

 

The dealer advice that "plug in cars drive differently" is absurd. An Energi's front/rear weight distribution is slightly better balanced due to the big battery, but it's a small difference. The weight is carried high, so it's a little more tippy in the turns. But their steering is the same. I know; I have one of each in my driveway. How many Ford dealer employees can say that? Maybe the worst thing about owning a C-Max is that we owners will increasingly know more about these vehicles than the trick and SUV owners who fix them for a living.

 

Generally I agree the steering is precise; that's what sold me on buying a c max versus a prius.  Maybe mine is "sensitive" to road furrows/crowns, but driving it around the DC beltway, it feels as if it's always fighting crosswinds, thus requiring constant adjustment.  My best guess is the electric assist is either triggering erroneously or shorting and then trying to compensate.

 

Greg










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