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Old 01-19-2012, 07:05   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, I've done some searching through the forum and can't seem to find my issues specifically. We bought an 07 Focus SES June last year and over the last few months I have found there are several issues I would like addressed. I'm mechanically inclined and do all the work on my Mazda 3 myself but there are differences between that car and this focus. I find that theres a shake in the car from about 50kms/hr and it just gets worse the faster you go. I've had the tires balanced, changed the brakes, checked for play in the suspension and have had no luck at all fixing this. The 2nd issue is the power steering cuts out while driving and I have to turn off the car leave it for 30+ min then start again and it comes back on. This happens more often if I'm heavy on the throttle. Anyone with any ideas pls post I'm open to try just about anything to fix these issues.

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Old 01-19-2012, 07:53   #2 (permalink)
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Does the shake appear to be from the front or rear? With the steering, when you stop and before you shut it off, does it look like the pump is flowing? Have you tried loosening the pressure line a little to see if the pump is pumping?
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the shake appears to be in the front gets worse under heavy braking but better under light braking. When the power steering cuts out it sounds like its out of fluid but the level remains good. have not loosened the hoses or anything though.
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I've started to wonder if the two problems are connected maybe the engine bucking under pressure and thats causing the power steering issue too. Not sure if thats possible just a theory.
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If you raise it on jackstands and try it, maybe you can pinpoint the location.
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If you raise it on jackstands and try it, maybe you can pinpoint the location.
pinpoint what location theres no leak or anything not sure what i'd be looking for.
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Check tires for twist / damage . Check wheel bearings . Was that not the year the change over to electric power steering took place ? What type do you have fitted ?
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the usd spec is different stayed belt driven as far as i know. Mine is definitely belt driven.
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If you ran it on stands, you might see what's shaking.
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