Just some advise to others who may have this recall done to replace steering gear bolts. I just got a postcard from
Ford on this the same day it was done last week. I am told, like many recalls, you may not actually have issues, but Ford will
requires to do this if you *might* be affected.
Had this recall, door latches recall and also had the TSB for eCVT transmission leak (anybody else with a 2013 have this?).
Dealer had my car for a week while they waited for a part (seal). I had an Enterprise loaner and didn't mind too much
as it was over Thanksgiving. All warranty coverage.
But...when I got the car back and was told they drove it several times, I noticed no issues with transmission. But steering felt
slightly off and steering wheel was noticeably off center, slight pull (really annoys me!). I swear alignment *felt*/seemed fine before I took
it in. So I called dealership and service insisted that steering gear bolts would not in any way affect alignment. Took it in and alignment
was *way* off they told me - but just front - rear was exactly in spec. I ask if it was so far out, why didn't you notice and say something
when you test drove it after repair? You should have been checking to see steering felt/was fine. Nope the service guy says, if your
steering was off it's my job to bring it to their attention. There is where Ford gets a "1" on the survey question that says "Ford has
my best interest and safety in mind when performing service"...
OK, got it aligned today, had to pay $80 - only charged for front-wheel alignment. It's 100% dead on right now, all is fine, no problems
with transmissions either. I say the steering gear bolt repair was related, but can't prove anything.
But if you are taking it in for the steering gear bolt recall, check your alignment before it goes in. Ask dealer to check before the repair
(should be free to check). I have no idea if they did anything wrong really, but more irked I had to take it back.