HAS THE STEERING RACK BROKEN?

2004 Ford Focus

Tiny

hannah23

June, 18, 2012 AT 7:26 AM

Ford Focus 1.6 Zetec, 54 plate, clunking when turning steering wheel and heavy steering has got worse over a week or so?

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Tiny

caradiodoc

June, 18, 2012 AT 8:44 AM

If it took a week to get gradually worse, a binding upper strut mount is more likely. That is relatively minor but there are ways for those mounts to be bad that can't be easily seen until the struts are removed for replacement. That makes it hard for mechanics to provide accurate repair estimates before they start working on the car.

In this case I'd start with an inspection at a tire and alignment shop. Ford has a lot more trouble with steering and suspension parts than most other brands and those people will know what to look for. Broken coil springs are common and the sharp ends can tear the sidewall of the tire. They will also inspect the lower ball joints and tie rod ends which are also common failure items.

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