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sticky/notchy steering

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City
Dianella
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WA
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Australia
What I Drive
2014 WZ Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost
#1
Hey Gents,

i have just bought a 2014 WZ 1.0 ecoboost and have noticed that the steering it sticky when moving from centre on the freeway.
It feels steering its sitting in a groove then when moved left or right a couple of degrees its sits in another and doesn't come back to centre freely.

it only happens when sitting above 80kmph

Any ideas

TIA
 

LionsTooth

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Northern
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CA
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United States
What I Drive
2015 Fiesta SE HB Magnetic
#2
Hey Gents,
i have just bought a 2014 WZ 1.0 ecoboost and have noticed that the steering it sticky when moving from centre on the freeway.
It feels steering its sitting in a groove then when moved left or right a couple of degrees its sits in another and doesn't come back to centre freely.
it only happens when sitting above 80kmph
Any ideas
TIA
Anything with steering and brakes needs attention right away. I would get right to a service center and get that checked out. You can trace the parts from the steering wheel to the ends of each tie rod to start with....looking for play or broken or cracked parts.
 

Handy Andy

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City
Grand Rapids
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MI
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United States
What I Drive
2018 Ford Fiesta SE HB
#3
2nd that!

When you have to "wait" for the vehicle to let you be in control - it's time for it to get checked out.

This could be from loose lug nuts to tie-rod ends coming loose onto bad lower ball joint to even loose or broken shock mounts.

This could also mean you have issues with the steering knuckle to steering rack - a "toothed" shaft comes out of the floor to meet and mesh it the steering wheels output shaft - in between this is the "sensor" that sends the rotation signals to the Power steering controller - being electronic.

Which adds to this issue of electrical - battery terminal - positive - has a feed cable to the power steering motor - if this is loose or your having issues with charging or old battery - this may mean the voltage drop is low enough for you to sense something is wrong thru the steering being slower.

IF you're hearing any rattles - note their location "sound - like" and what you're doing to create them to help the shop isolate and localize the problem.
 
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BERKLEY
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MI
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United States
What I Drive
2011 SES HB
#4
Strangely, the symptom reminds me of the head tube ball bearings on bicycles after they take a big hit and, "dimple," the bearing race. Moving the handlebars will feel notchy and transitioning from straight ahead into a turn and back to straight can feel like they, "click," into and out of dead-ahead. The only thing that I can think of that would have bearings in a similar arrangement in the steering is the strut bearings. I'm not saying I'm positive that's what it is, but something to keep in mind.
 


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