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#1 Jamiemcl1984

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 09:04 PM

Hi there, I apologise if I am asking this in the wrong place, I a new member and searched for a similar question/answers but couldn't find it,

I have a 56 focus petrol 1.6, i have noticed the steering is very heavy, I checked tyre pressure and power steering fluids etc, I noticed some diesel models have steering settings e.g comfort sport etc, is there any way to lighten my steering?



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#2 Andy 1965

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 09:11 PM

Check that the auxiliary belt is not slipping and also the colour of the power steering fluid. If it is very dark it may need changing.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 09:25 PM

Hi there, I apologise if I am asking this in the wrong place, I a new member and searched for a similar question/answers but couldn't find it,

I have a 56 focus petrol 1.6, i have noticed the steering is very heavy, I checked tyre pressure and power steering fluids etc, I noticed some diesel models have steering settings e.g comfort sport etc, is there any way to lighten my steering?


The adjustable steering I think is on the later cars above 1.8 Ltr with electric power steering.

#4 Jamiemcl1984

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 09:33 PM

Thanks for responding.

I will check the auxiliary belt/colour of fluid.

Do you think I should take it to a garage? I am a new driver so still learning as I go.




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Posted 07 June 2012 - 09:41 PM

If your'e not sure, take it to a mechanic. Just be careful if you are messing about in the engine bay, especially if the engine is running. Keep fingers, ties, etc. well away from moving parts, especially the auxiliary belt.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 09:44 PM

Make sure the steering is on comfort mode

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 09:51 PM

I went into settings and it doesn't have the steering settings that allow me to put on comfort

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 09:58 PM

I went into settings and it doesn't have the steering settings that allow me to put on comfort


That,s because the 1.6 doesn't have electric hydraulic steering.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 10:02 PM

The focus steering is quite heavy compared to most modern cars anyways as it was designed for a more sporty drive then the astra golf etc the focus has very wide tyres as standard and is quite heavy so will also make the steering heavier.


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