2012 mustang gt electric steering issue and service advancetrac msg
I have been having this steering problem for about 2 weeks now. When i first start the car and try to back out my driveway the steering wheel starts to lock up and the service advancetrac msg comes on. Once I get going up to speed the steering is back to normal and msg stays on. So I have been doing a lot of research on this issues and it seems to be common yet no real solution other than a big headache and horror stories with dealerships. So after my own horror story with a ford service center (which they wanted to change out my steering rack ) I decided to pass up the $2000 giveaway and pick at it myself. What I found was a $20 fix. I decided to look at the electrical wiring since it was an intermittent problem. I thought maybe a loose wire or so. I took apart the positive side terminal and cleaned it very well individually then put it back together. Next I got under the car and took off the oil change cover to expose the steering rack. The steering module just so happens to be right under the oil filter. I decided to unplug the steering module connectors and found them to be really oily and dirty inside. I cleaned them very well and also the connector on the module side. Make sure the battery is disconnected by the way since i believe it has direct power to this connector. Onced they were clean and dry and put some dielectric grease and plug them back up. Took the stang on a test drive and so far so good. So it seems like when the oil filter is being removed , residual oil is getting into this connectors. I hope this helps at least one person. If you have this similar problem might want to check this out before taking it into a dealership.
ps $20 was on electrical cleaner and dielectric grease and a small steel brush