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#1565 of 1953 LOOSE STEERING WHEEL
Jun 26, 2006 (11:17 am)
I have a 2003 EB 4x4. . . steering wheel used to be so tight it squeeked when it turned. . . now i have a little bit of play in the wheel. . . as far as the alignment, its perfect. . .doesnt pull or wander. . . but the steering wheel itself feels like its a little loose so the truck doesnt have a solid feeli to it. Dont know if it can be tightened or if its something more in the steering column or steering gear.
Anyone run into the same problem?? Let me know if anyone knows it the steering wheel column can be tightened easily.
#1566 of 1953 Re: Pull to the Right [razzmaniac]
Jun 28, 2006 (5:39 am)
My dealer service (on the 4th time bringing it in, or is it the 5th -- for the same issue) said "Oh, you PROBABLY need new tires"
Count me as someone who doesn't want a "maybe this will help" solution that will cost me $650 out of my pocket, instead of a dealer fix.
They rotated the tires and realigned, and fixed the stabilizer (not sure exactly what was fixed) that was causing the rattle in front end. When I got it back, it vibrated like crazy above 60 mph. I didn't have alot of time to waste, so they took a quick drive and just rotated tires back to original location. Now pulls again to right like before.
Is it the tires? Do I believe the service guys?
This issue is making me HATE a vehicle I thought I needed for interior and storage space. Now all I can think about when I drive is how bad my shoulder and back ache from having to pull the wheel left all day every day. And the 14.2 MPG at $3/gal. And the shimmy in the brakes. And the terrible handling. And the frequent poor performance from the Nav system. And....
#1567 of 1953 Re: Pull to the Right [docky]
Jun 28, 2006 (6:15 am)
I had a Jeep GC that had the same problem. . .ended up being the stabalizer. . .which is a steering damper and the steering box. . .
taking it to my dealer in a few weeks. . ill let ya'll know what the verdict is IF they find anything. . nothing worse then bringing a truck in for a VERY NOTICEABLE problem and the dealer saying " we cant find anything wrong with it". . .That pisses me off.
wondering if theyve been having problems with the "engine speed assist steering" and just cant pin point that.
#1569 of 1953 WANT TO RETURN MY 2003 EXPY
Jun 29, 2006 (3:28 pm)
I have been replying to these posts for a few months now since I bought my 2003 EB Expedition in March. I want to return it or file for the lemon law.
When i bought it, i used to always talk about how sturdy and a car-like feel it had to it. I brought it in just over a month ago for a front end alignment, then had to bring it back a week later cause it still pulled and the dealer said there was something wrong with the alignment and had to realign it.
Ever since then, the steering wheel now is getting progressively worse. THere is at least 1/2" play in the steering column, does not feel sturdy and solid on the hwy, feels like its floating, and now a slight clunk is occurring when i turn the wheel hard both ways when parked. Also have a clunk in the right front side when going over sharp bumps or road reflectors. This is a heavy duty 4x4. . . how can this truck ever handle going off road?? I cant even imagine taking it for a road trip, i would be exhausted just playing with the steering wheel.
The dealer said they cant find anything wrong with it and even test drove it against another Expy. I find this hard to believe that this is how these trucks are suppossed to handle. It never did any of the above things until i had to bring it back to be realigned. They also said they cant return my truck to me until the service director gets involved for liability reasons.
So now if they still claim nothing is wrong. . i want to return the truck or do i need to file for the lemon law?? (Florida).
Anyone have any similar issues with their expedition?? If this is how they all are. . they are cheaply built trucks, that are way over priced for being so sensative and fragile.
#1570 of 1953 Re: WANT TO RETURN MY 2003 EXPY [razzmaniac]
Jun 29, 2006 (7:46 pm)
A word of advice! GET RID OF IT! We are now in the process of getting rid of our 1999 Expy with only 40000 miles. Nothing but problems. Excellent care. Had a F250 Turbo Diesel that was also a major lemon. Blown tranny at 8000 miles, then one thing after another blowing out. Got rid of it at 19000 miles. Stupidly bought another FORD in 1999. Tranny blew out on it at 37000 miles. Leaking head gasket. Bad brakes. Naturally out of warranty. The list could go on and on. WE ARE DONE WITH FORDS!!! FORD will also not deal with their problems with these cars! Only want your $$$$$$!. Regarding the steering--sloppy, feels like a boat flying all over the road.
#1571 of 1953 Re: WANT TO RETURN MY 2003 EXPY [patcof2]
Jun 30, 2006 (3:28 am)
Ya it does feel like a boat flying all over the road. . . and they say thats the way they all are. . .kinda off seeing it WASNT like that when i bought it before they did the alignment. I cant imagine why there are so may of them on the roads then with small women driving them. . I am 5'10" muscular frame and I am exhausted after a half hour drive with it on the highway. LOL
#1573 of 1953 Re: Vehicle Hesitates at a standstill when fuel tank at less then 1/4 full. [bberkson]
Jul 02, 2006 (6:13 am)
I had the same problem. A friend suggested that I buy better quality fuel. Not premium, more expensive fuel but instead of U-GAS-UM type places, use Conoco, Texaco, etc. He told me that the water content is higher and when the tank gets low you wind up with a greater water content. I don't have a clue but since I started using better quaility fuel,I have not had the problem. Good luck.
#1574 of 1953 Re: Won't start [highplainsjoe]
Jul 02, 2006 (6:20 am)
I've had the same problem. It seems to happen when its hot or right after I run the air. I've taken it to two mechanics, had the electrical system checked and no one has found the problem. Have you had any luck with diagnosing the problem? Thanks BigBertha00