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2016 Sport Steering Issues

Discussion in 'Stock 2011 - 2019 Ford Explorer Discussion' started by Fentress24, January 2, 2019.

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  1. Fentress24

    Fentress24 Active Member

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    2016 Sport is having a steering issue and I wanted to see if anyone on here has had a similar experience prior to taking it to the dealer. I'll do my best to explain what is happening:

    When under partial acceleration the truck seems to be wandering to the right. It is not torque steer, I am half throttle at most. The truck will begin to move to the right for 1/2 seconds and steering goes soft. I naturally turn the wheel to the left to counter the slide/pull right and then the steering feeling returns, except now the wheel is off center when driving straight. Stays like this until a full stop or off/on cycle. Does it 100% of the time under partial acceleration or more. Symptoms feel like torque steer but I can say with 100% confidence it is not torque steer.

    Truck has 61k miles and just started around 60k. Was also in a FB discussion with a few other owners who have experienced this, but no known cause or fix was known.
     
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  3. Fentress24

    Fentress24 Active Member

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    I can get the most slide out of it during the 2/3 shift at like quarter to half throttle. Truck has never done this until recently.
     
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    Sounds as though it could be an issue with Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) system. Check out point #4 under Pros and Cons. Power Steering (EPAS) Failure

    Peter
     
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    Peter, that is what it feels like. Feels like the truck is compensating for torque steer when it actually isn't getting any.

    I am going to make an appointment to get it to Ford soon. It's such a pain to drop it off and leave it with them. Of course I am just outside of my warranty. I will update this thread once they diagnose the problem.
     
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    Did you ever get this fixed? Mine is doing the exact same thing!
     
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    How is your tire pressure? Alignment? Bent wheel?
     
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    35x4, alignment has been checked 3 or 4 times. No bent rims, or broken belts in the tires. They are also all worn evenly. Mine pulls to the right at about 1700 rpms, until I let off the gas.
     
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    Have you rotated the tires?
     
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    Dealership has rotated them 4 times trying to get it figured out.
     
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    sorry, never came back and updated my post. Took it to a family mechanic that we trust and he said it was a bad lower control arm. Fixed and out the door for less than $200.
     
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