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Old 13-01-2021, 10:37 AM   #1
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Default Electric steering rack replacement (newbie)

Hi all!

First post here (and Ford owner). Excited to be on the forums.

I’ve bought a used FORD FOCUS AMBIENTE (Manual) 4 Door Hatch PETROL 1.6 litre, Direct Inj {92KW}, 194kms on the closk

It drove extremely well (did 20km test drive) and I love its’ style.

However, the power steering no longer works- error says “Power steer assist failure”. From bit of research- it seems pretty common...

I’ve done a bit of car work before, but I’m happy buy the part (second hand) & pay to have it installed by a mechanic as i presume it’s too arduous/requires special tools?

The previous owner tells me it needs the “Electric steering rack” (or according to his mechanic/brother...)

I’m really struggling to identify which exact part I need.

Any mechanics to recommend in Sydney or Coffs Harbour?

Can anyone help me identify which part to buy?

Anything to be aware of- eg is buying a spare a bad idea as it may too fail?

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Old 13-01-2021, 11:19 AM   #2
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if it is a common fault I would be wary of a second hand unit as you may find similar issues
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Old 13-01-2021, 11:47 AM   #3
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if it is a common fault I would be wary of a second hand unit as you may find similar issues
Ok thanks- so what are my options here- reconditioned/new?

Also, any ideas on which part number I need? I've searched- there are so many different ones and I'm not clear what model I have
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Old 13-01-2021, 01:49 PM   #4
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I've also just been told (by a mechanic over the phone) that my model could have any of 4 steering rack.

How can I verify which one mine has?
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Old 13-01-2021, 04:07 PM   #5
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There are a few different racks pending on month/year/model etc. You will need to supply this information of a VIN number will be even better to narrow down which exact one you need.

Below is an image of the rack that sits just behind and lower of the engine, connects to your steering column and both wheels (thats how your turn).

If you pass on the information we can provide the correct part number and even quote to get the part as well (note they are not cheap new anyway). Once replaced they also need to be programmed to the car.

Hope this helps..

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Old 13-01-2021, 04:16 PM   #6
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There are a few different racks pending on month/year/model etc. You will need to supply this information of a VIN number will be even better to narrow down which exact one you need.
This is super useful info. Thank you

I called the dealership who gave me the part number: HV6Z3504EW.

But there don't seem to be many for sale (or any "reconditioned" options).

This is apparently that part (taken from photos in an eBay photo). But the part number isn't written on it. https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/DCUAA...SU/s-l1600.jpg

  • Can I search by any of those part numbers as per that photo or any other name/id?
  • Is the dealership the only one who can program the new rack to the car?
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Old 13-01-2021, 04:33 PM   #7
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This is super useful info. Thank you

I called the dealership who gave me the part number: HV6Z3504EW.

But there don't seem to be many for sale (or any "reconditioned" options).

This is apparently that part (taken from photos in an eBay photo). But the part number isn't written on it. https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/DCUAA...SU/s-l1600.jpg

  • Can I search by any of those part numbers as per that photo or any other name/id?
  • Is the dealership the only one who can program the new rack to the car?
The part number in the ebay image is different to what you need. You will need to search by the part number as per dealer supplied, the HV number. I am not sure if an aftermarket scan tool can program the EPAS (Electronic Power Assisted Steering) module which is part of the rack??
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Old 13-01-2021, 04:48 PM   #8
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You will need to search by the part number as per dealer supplied, the HV number.
Hmm... sadly I can't afford a new one, really keen to find an alternative.
  • Is there another part number I can search by (eg one from the UK?).
  • Is there a "safe" way to buy one from a wrecker (eg certain from year or somethin)?
  • Any outside of the box solutions? Eg reconditioning the old one or something?

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Old 13-01-2021, 05:02 PM   #9
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Hmm... sadly I can't afford a new one, really keen to find an alternative.
  • Is there another part number I can search by (eg one from the UK?).
  • Is there a "safe" way to buy one from a wrecker (eg certain from year or somethin)?
  • Any outside of the box solutions? Eg reconditioning the old one or something?

Ta
Like the ebay pic, you will need to find that on your rack and write that number down an search via that number as most would not know the service part number when they remove the rack. The number on the rack is the engineering number.

No safe way unless the wrecker guarantees the item is safe and will work in the vehicle. Try and avoid one from a vehicle thats been in a major crash as it cold have impact damage to the rack.

As far as I am aware the electric racks are not rebuildable, you could try someone like Active Power Steering in Marrackville and they would confirm. Other than that you can do as they used to say (if your old enough) and let you fingers do the walking through the yellow pages lol!!

Good luck!
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Old 13-01-2021, 05:49 PM   #10
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Like the ebay pic, you will need to find that on your rack and write that number down an search via that number as most would not know the service part number when they remove the rack. The number on the rack is the engineering number.
Good luck!
Thanks for that. Is that number visible without removing any (or too many) parts?

I presume what you're saying is that the Service Part number will not match an engineering number?

Forgive me if I'm confused- this ebay listing here says it is the same "part" number. So can't I deduce that its’ engineering number matches?

I found a wrecker with the part (for Ambient, LW model). Should I be asking them what size wheels it has (ask them to measure)?

Edit: Couldn’t I ask the the wrecker for the VIN then call a Ford dealer to get the part number? Tedious to call each time though...

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Old 13-01-2021, 09:29 PM   #11
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Thanks for that. Is that number visible without removing any (or too many) parts? I believe it is?

I presume what you're saying is that the Service Part number will not match an engineering number? It can but more than often it is not. You wont know till you read the number on your rack and compare to the part number given by the dealer which is the service part number.

Forgive me if I'm confused- this ebay listing here says it is the same "part" number. So can't I deduce that itsí engineering number matches? As Above, sometimes the eng number can be the service part number, other times totally different.

I found a wrecker with the part (for Ambient, LW model). Should I be asking them what size wheels it has (ask them to measure)? No ask for the VIN as the wheels could have been changed by the previous owner, better still ask for the part number on the rack and compare to yours. Match to match is the best method.

Edit: Couldnít I ask the the wrecker for the VIN then call a Ford dealer to get the part number? Tedious to call each time though...
Yes but as above.
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Old 14-01-2021, 09:29 AM   #12
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Ok cool.

Can anyone help- how can I get the part number of my steering rack without removing it/any parts from my Focus?

Also, I've contacted "westernpowersteering.co.uk" who confirm that the part will match my car (they checked the VIN). Anyone had experience with them? I presume this is "safer" than buying from a wrecker?

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https://shop.westernpowersteering.co...63/FORFER.html


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Yask for the VIN as the wheels could have been changed by the previous owner, better still ask for the part number on the rack and compare to yours. Match to match is the best method.
Is there a quicker way to check the VIN against the part number- or only by calling the dealerships?

Also, I'm still confused about the part number. Ford told me "HV6Z3504EW". So should that be a sticker on the part itself?

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Old 14-01-2021, 10:39 AM   #13
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Also, how much should I be expecting to pay on top for labour- eg hours & cost?

Such as if it's a big/complicated job...
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Ok cool.

Can anyone help- how can I get the part number of my steering rack without removing it/any parts from my Focus?

Also, I've contacted "westernpowersteering.co.uk" who confirm that the part will match my car (they checked the VIN). Anyone had experience with them? I presume this is "safer" than buying from a wrecker?

The item:

https://shop.westernpowersteering.co...63/FORFER.html




Is there a quicker way to check the VIN against the part number- or only by calling the dealerships? Calling a dealer or some on here have access to that information to check and will help you out.

Also, I'm still confused about the part number. Ford told me "HV6Z3504EW". So should that be a sticker on the part itself?
Like I said the part itself on a car will have a number on it like you showed in the Ebay pic you posted. Now that number is generally the engineering number. The engineering number can sometimes also be the spare parts part number, but sometimes the spare parts number you order from the parts place or dealer can be totally different. Once you get under the car and locate that sticker it will have either HV6V spare parts number or a totally different engineering number which will have to looked up to see if it cross references to your number. This will also be done to any other rack you might think of purchase from a wrecker or the alike.

To give you an example:

Falcon shock absorber has an engineering part number of 8R29-18045-GD written on the label, but the service part number is BG 18045 G so they are not always the same, but can be.

Suggest you get the part number off the rack on your car and go from there!! That would be your first step.
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Also, how much should I be expecting to pay on top for labour- eg hours & cost?

Such as if it's a big/complicated job...
You would have as that of who ever you intend to take it to as hourly rates can differ, but I would guess between 2-3 hours to do the job completely.
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Old 15-01-2021, 07:46 AM   #16
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Thanks.

Maybe this should have been an earlier question- but is there a way to verify itís definitely the steering rack? Eg not the computer or something?

I donít want to order the rack to find it it was caused by something else...
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Thanks.

Maybe this should have been an earlier question- but is there a way to verify itís definitely the steering rack? Eg not the computer or something?

I donít want to order the rack to find it it was caused by something else...
You would need to have it checked for codes and then correctly diagnosed because something like a broken wire or no power to the rack module etc can also cause issues similar to what you described.
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Old 15-01-2021, 09:51 AM   #18
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You would need to have it checked for codes
Ok cool, I can borrow a ODB 2 device (ELM327).

Will that be able to give some indication/diagnosis?

Do I need a specific app for ford to work with it? Normally I'd use Torque Pro

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You can check the module using ForScan and an OBD reader.

Check the PSCM. It will report a VIN. This should match your car. If not you need the module re-programmed with AS-BUILT data, an update will not work.

My module displayed a VIN that started with 79812 and it would not work.
My VIN starts with WF0M.

If the above is true then get Ford or a friend-of-a-friend to reflash. Much cheaper than a whole rack.
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