The manual was no help. Reading about the power steering indicated, in case of the malfunction error, to turn to the message center chapter. All the message center chapter told me was the "power steering malfunction, service now" error is affected by the power steering system (no kidding), and the hill assist not available is affected by the transmission. I assume the hill assist is not available due to the entire car not being available, but I have no way of knowing for sure. Google has been no help in searching for any power steering malfunction in the car.
I don't know how much of the following information is helpful, but maybe it'll put some puzzle pieces together. In November, the battery was completely 100% drained one morning (it ran fine the day before, it was only sitting overnight - it wasn't even cold outside). The power locks didn't work, it didn't make a sound when I turned the key.. nothing, just drained. Nothing was left on, nothing was plugged in (checked, double check, and triple checked that there was nothing). I drove to Ford after a jump and they kept it all day, running tests to find absolutely nothing wrong with it. They said if it happened again they could hook it up to their machine overnight and see what's drawing power, but they were positive that there weren't any issues. I've never heard of an eight month old battery draining overnight with absolutely no reason, but it hasn't happened since. It was shortly after they installed my (glitchy) keyless entry pad, and even though I'm aware that's not connected to my car's power source, the timing was notable. They entered the service as "AC/Heat" on the maintenance log on the website (??), so when investigating my new problem I'm not sure they'll refer to that test properly as it was logged incorrectly.
Secondly, probably least involved, my Sync system reboots almost daily, sometimes twice a day. I'm not at all bothered if technology isn't perfect or requires a reboot, but surely it's not supposed to reboot so frequently? By it "rebooting", I mean when I start my car it will be on the radio (after previously being on USB, Aux, or Bluetooth when I turned it off) and trying to initiate Sync will be unresponsive for about 5 full minutes. If you're familiar with updating the Sync system, it's the same rebooting process after the update is complete. Pressing the Sync button returns absolutely nothing, but after waiting 3-5 minutes it will function as normal. I'm not sure if this is indicative of anything, but I know everything is connected through the car's computer so maybe a glitch in one area might indicate an overall glitch.
Has anyone had any of these issues? Obviously, my main concern is the power steering malfunction as it's rendered my car into a 2600-pound paperweight. It's only a few days shy of being one year old so any repair will still covered under warranty, but it doesn't make it any less inconvenient that I purchased a car for reliability and it simply won't start.
Edited by jessers25, 01 March 2012 - 10:27 PM.