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I'm still have a mare with my rs

It's still got a steering malfunction fault displayed on the dash when I push start,
Pics below are when I open it and look at dash , then try pushing button.

Now I have had my ecu removed and tested and it totally fine so it's on it's way back from Devils.

So I'm now thinking its a inbuilt design by ford.

The hand book states you can't start the car more than 5 times if this fault comes up, that's the exact no of times I did start it , so now what ???

Has anybody ever had this or seen it on another car or even forum

The result is I have a dormant car, no ignition at all , power to everything, lights radio the lot, just when I push start I get the following message , steering malfunction ...

My last option I can come up with is pay someone to take it to my local fords at a hefty cost probably and see what they come up with...

So any suggestions welcome please...

Thanks Andy.
 

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Would of thought a problem with the electric power steering system, worth getting a diagnostic on that, it's got it's own control unit
 

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I had issues with the battery draining,not being able to open door,start the car,key not detected etc,eventually it was the solenoid in the driver door conected to the central locking that was causing all my issues,once it was replaced,no issues at all.hope that helps
 

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It'll need the fault codes read from the steering system. It's a generic focus pump so any decent garage should be able to read the codes. Maybe removing the battery for a period of time will temporary reset it and allow you to start the car again.
 

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I'm not sure if our cars have it. But transits have a 300amp breaker fuse situated under the seat where the battery is. When that blows on the transit it replicates the symptoms your having. Now does the RS have a main breaker fuse?
 

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Just to add ITS NOT MY BATTERY!!

It's been back to the shop and tested and it's fine ...
Would of thought a problem with the electric power steering system, worth getting a diagnostic on that, it's got it's own control unit
Where is it simon ??
 

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It'll need the fault codes read from the steering system. It's a generic focus pump so any decent garage should be able to read the codes. Maybe removing the battery for a period of time will temporary reset it and allow you to start the car again.
It's been disconnected for 10 days now and still nothing .

My fault code reader comes up " no response"
So I think I will defo need a dealer clip to force start the ignition on.,
 

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I'm not sure if our cars have it. But transits have a 300amp breaker fuse situated under the seat where the battery is. When that blows on the transit it replicates the symptoms your having. Now does the RS have a main breaker fuse?
Good question. I know my Bt van has got a ****** big strap type fuse under my driver seat
 

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The fault code with a description of 'no response' usually means a faulty control unit, or a broken CAN LINE. It's your gateway trying to communicate with the control unit.

Find out where the steering system control unit is, check your feeds and earths, check the control unit is being recognised by the gateway, this should tell you if the control unit is faulty.

Ideally you need someone with IDS to do a full code read on the vehicle.
 

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Where are you Andy? Ideally you want a specialist who has IDS rather than Ford, will definitely be cheaper/....
 

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Where are you Andy? Ideally you want a specialist who has IDS rather than Ford, will definitely be cheaper/....
Dartford Kent bud

I'll gladly pay if someone is mobile and can look at it ...
Is it a faulty steering control unit
Sure I got asked about this the other day
I would look if I knew where such item is ....
 

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Just to add

I been at work thinking today and I forgot to mention that when the steering malfunction came up on dash I drove the car fine for 5 times , then it shut down....

So I still believe it's in a kinda lock down mode ..
 

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Not sure if this will help at all but we had an issue with ours where we would get engine malfunction, transmission malfunction messages and if i remember correctly the little red LED on the dash was flashing like mad. It turned out the ECU had died so a new ECU later and we were back up and running. In your case it sounds like you have driven it since this error so it could be something to do with the Steering ECU if they have something like that fitted to the Mk2.
 

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Yup I fully agree but ....

It states in the book 5 attempts to start which I used up ..

So now what lol

I'm getting it lifted next week to be looked at

I can't believe the steering module would self destruct after 5 attempts ..
 

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No thanks for the heads up ..

But I didn't have a failure as such as mine all worked fine ..,

And I checked that connection too.

It booked in Tomoz , lucky I got a ford guy coming to my house with an ids clip thing ..
 
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