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A few weeks ago, the power steering sensor (steering wheel position sensor) began acting up. It began with the "phantom" shake, and the progressively got worse as time went on, until the electric power steering would only occasionally work and often shut off while driving.

I did many hours of research and it seemed that the only fix for this was to replace the entire steering column (many having reported a $1500 dealership repair). That was, until I found the Dorman replacement sensor which reduced the price of this repair to $155.

I was unable to find any How-To's on this, So I dove into it myself and thought I would post one here.

The part number is Dorman 905-524. Purchased new on ebay for $154.60. Total time to complete: 1 hour. You will notice some extra wires in my photos due to my remote starter.

You will need:
A Basic Socket Set.
A Torx Bit Socket (I forget the size, just buy a set).
A set of large snap ring pliers
A flat head screwdriver
The replacement sensor
A steering wheel puller (free tool rental at autozone)

Dorman How to manual: http://www.dormanproducts.com/digitalassets/document/905-524_IS.PDF

1. Disconnect the negative lead on your battery. You will be playing with airbag components, so I suggest giving it 15 minutes before moving forward from here.

2. Remove the steering wheel shroud. This is the plastic part behind your steering wheel. There are three bolts on the bottom.


3. Remove the plastic kick cover - Pry from the top and it will flip down.

4. Remove the metal kick plate - 4 bolts - one on each side.

5. Disconnect and remove the airbag. This is a complicated procedure and took me the longest. Use a 3mm (factory recommended) or similar tool and insert it into the hole in the bottom of the wheel. Push straight up. Hard. It will move a spring up and release the airbag. Pry on the bottom of the airbag with your fingers and it should release. If you have trouble with this, I strongly recommend watching the following youtube video which explains this well (wait till the end bit where he figures it out):



6. Unplug the rear connections from the airbag and put it somewhere.

7. Unbolt the steering wheel. Using an airbag removal tool (free rental at autozone), remove the steering wheel.

8. Mark the clockspring for alignment. I notched it in two spots to make sure I had it all correct. Then, remove the entire assembly. There is one screw on the top, one on the right side facing you, and one on the bottom. Pull straight towards you and it will come off.




9. Unbolt the top section of the steering column. There are two torx bolt holding it in.
Pull straight back on it to remove it and then put it somewhere.

10. Using a set of snapring pliers, remove the snap ring.

11. Remove the shroud from around the steering column. At this point ,you will have exposed the sensor in question.


12. Remove the inner circlip from inside the sensor. (Dorman PDF linked above does abetter job explaining this w/ a photo.

13. Unplug the sensor. Now, Using your fingers or a screwdriver on one side, gently pry the sensor towards you.

14. Now, its time to put the new part and in reassemble. Insert the new sensor where the old one was. Using your thumbs, push it down until it is seated. Once it it seated, you may remove the alignment clip.


15. Reinstall the shaft cover. Reinstall the snapring.

16. Reinstall the upper steering column. Bolt it up.

17. Reinstall the clockspring/turn signal assembly. Make sure it is lined up to your notches that you made earlier.

18. Install steering wheel. Reinstall airbag.

19. Install kickplate/plastic pieces removed earlier. Reconnect batteyr

20. Test Drive.
 

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this worked huh. sounds buyable to me. no problems? this how to is constructed very well. im going to be checking ebay shortly. i gotta be honest i was going to chalk it up to my wife being semi crazy until i drove the vehicle. then i did a little research after i drove it and started reading the $1500-$1700 horror stories. thank you for this write up. anyone else out there tried this?
 

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you had no problem with this? and you didnt have to get anything re calibrated the sensor was ready to drop in and go?
Yes, no problems to date. Will likely have it calibrated at some point, but there is only little noticeable difference w/o the calibration. May leave it and chalk it up as a win w/o the dealership.
 

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Hi dan22, I'm from Panama and I've found your manual ver useful, but now I'm facing one problem: after changing the torque sensor, the steering wheel goes straight to the right position and you need to keep the steering wheel to control it while driving . Did anyone had this issue before?
 

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Hi dan22, I'm from Panama and I've found your manual ver useful, but now I'm facing one problem: after changing the torque sensor, the steering wheel goes straight to the right position and you need to keep the steering wheel to control it while driving . Did anyone had this issue before?
If the steering wheel is moving on its own without input from the driver, you have a failure in power steering unit. The sensor would not cause this fault.
 

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Hi dan22, is your Escape still working normally with this sensor replacement?...I'm seriously thinking in do what you describe above.

I own a Escape 2008, sometimes when I turn on the engine, the steering wheel turns left until its limit without input from me, always when I am driving the steering wheel keeps kind of hard. Do you think that this are symptoms of failure in steering wheel position sensor?
 

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Hi dan22, is your Escape still working normally with this sensor replacement?...I'm seriously thinking in do what you describe above.

I own a Escape 2008, sometimes when I turn on the engine, the steering wheel turns left until its limit without input from me, always when I am driving the steering wheel keeps kind of hard. Do you think that this are symptoms of failure in steering wheel position sensor?
Alex P, Ford issued a recall for this defect earlier this week. You should be able to bring it to your local dealer for repair free of charge.

Thanks for inquiring.
 

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Ok, I'm asking because my vehicle is from an auction site, I have imported the vehicle to Mexico, so I don't know if the recall may apply in this case, I don't think so.

The only way I see (instead of spend 2k) is try to follow your manual and check if it works.

Thank you.
 

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Alex P, Ford issued a recall for this defect earlier this week. You should be able to bring it to your local dealer for repair free of charge.

Thanks for inquiring.
Hi dan22
I replaced the torque sensor using your video, as my power steering had failed and my wheel was shaking like crazy etc. After the new part was installed it is doing as described above-steering wheel spins all the way to one side. We put back in the original faulty ford sensor when the recall came out and i took it to a dealership. The steering wheel also spins to one side now with the original part back in. The shaking wheel and power steering fail is not obvious now because of that. I am driving it now with the fuse pulled for power steering and no power steering at all. The dealership is refusing to do the repair on the recall because they say they aren't getting the right diagnostic codes. They say I need to have them put in a new torque sensor for me at the cost of 500$ even though the recall is for failed power steering, which is why I was trying to repair it. Apparently, even though the steering wheel spins one way, they are getting no diagnostic codes for a faulty torque sensor. I was ecstatic that they finally did this recall, and now they refuse to fix my steering. Any thoughts?
 

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Hi, no, still very frustrated. Ford will not stand behind their faulty product. I will never buy another ford.
We have taken it everywhere and no one can calibrate the sensor. So we will either buy another sensor to install and see if its any different, or look around for a steering column from a wrecker. Unbelievable that ford is unwilling to repair a problem they themselves have admitted to. The worst customer care program imaginable from a big company like this.
 

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Damn they will not do anything about it. Did they know that you tried to attempt to fix it. my wife quit driving her escape and started driving my truck when we started first experiencing the steering issue. the escape sat for a while then I decided to let my old faithful commuter car (1989 ford escort) rest and drive the escape for a while. the steering would come and go. then not working for 2 weeks and my lower back started killing me. Then for a month strait it steered fine then the recall came out and I took it to our local ford dealer. and they acted like it would take 10 mins to fix which it took 10 mins to update the steering software. I am not entirely convinced it is fixed but it has steered fine with no issues for about 2 months and we commute about 100 miles a day round trip. I am sorry this is happening to you. I'm pretty sure this doesn't help anyone out but I just wanted to let you know they didn't take anything apart to "fix" our issue. I am pretty sure the recall that was mailed to us said different escapes or different issues will call for different. Before I herd about the recall I was a half of a second away from ordering a new steering sensor.
 

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Damn they will not do anything about it. Did they know that you tried to attempt to fix it. my wife quit driving her escape and started driving my truck when we started first experiencing the steering issue. the escape sat for a while then I decided to let my old faithful commuter car (1989 ford escort) rest and drive the escape for a while. the steering would come and go. then not working for 2 weeks and my lower back started killing me. Then for a month strait it steered fine then the recall came out and I took it to our local ford dealer. and they acted like it would take 10 mins to fix which it took 10 mins to update the steering software. I am not entirely convinced it is fixed but it has steered fine with no issues for about 2 months and we commute about 100 miles a day round trip. I am sorry this is happening to you. I'm pretty sure this doesn't help anyone out but I just wanted to let you know they didn't take anything apart to "fix" our issue. I am pretty sure the recall that was mailed to us said different escapes or different issues will call for different. Before I herd about the recall I was a half of a second away from ordering a new steering sensor.
 

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How do you get ford to fix it or do the computer scan thing because I asked them and they said it was something not covered under my extra extended warranty and want me to pay to fix it. Then they say you have an oil leak, I am like wtf. I take it to Ford to do routine maintenance and they tell me there is an oil leak, I just took it there in sept. I think they get you to buy a car and screw you anyway they can. I am at my wits end I am buying the whole steering column and my son is going to fix it I hope.
 

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How do you get ford to fix it or do the computer scan thing because I asked them and they said it was something not covered under my extra extended warranty and want me to pay to fix it. Then they say you have an oil leak, I am like wtf. I take it to Ford to do routine maintenance and they tell me there is an oil leak, I just took it there in sept. I think they get you to buy a car and screw you anyway they can. I am at my wits end I am buying the whole steering column and my son is going to fix it I hope.
I meant to also say they said there is no recalls on my car but you are saying there is 2008 ford escape 4 door 2wd 6 cyl.
 

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Also, I would like to make my own update. I bought an entire column from a junkyard on www.car-part.com for $75 with 57k miles on it, so I know it's not super used. I swapped just the lower (motor) half of the column, put my old steering wheel/upper column assembly back on, and the power steering works, and no alignment issues or anything. This should save you some bank if you get a junkyard column. There is a youtube video on how to remove full column.
 

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Also, I would like to make my own update. I bought an entire column from a junkyard on www.car-part.com for $75 with 57k miles on it, so I know it's not super used. I swapped just the lower (motor) half of the column, put my old steering wheel/upper column assembly back on, and the power steering works, and no alignment issues or anything. This should save you some bank if you get a junkyard column. There is a youtube video on how to remove full column.
still working?
 

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Fiancés 08 Escape ltd, steering started shaking and jerking 5 months ago went in for Ford recall. A bloody software update where upon steering failed Totaly, as she is a tiny woman and the truck havin oversize tires she was unable to easily drive the truck.



Found this thread and started digging into the issue , Ford wanted $1700 Canadian to fix ha right , tries a used tourque sensor no go found a brand new sensor again no go , feeling very frustrated at this point I said screw it found a low mileage wrecked Escape and tore the lower motor assembly out of it and 2 hours later steering all fixed and in fact better than its been in ages

Moral of the story , if you start having these symptoms. Just grab a used lower steering assembly , u don't have to to remove any airbags and such just two dash pieces some electrical connectors and 2 tourque screws and the upper steering is out, at that point it's a pinch bolt on the steering universal and 1 bolt holding the motor up plus 3 plugs done deal
 
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