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Denise barrow, Derbyshire

Ford Ka

I have a ka edge registered 2013. I have a warning light on the dash indicating the external lights are faulty. All lights have been checked and are working correctly. What do I need to do to rectify this please.

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I'm having the same issues. Did you get any answers to this? Ben from Berkshire

Submitted: 29/01/2017 15:14:18 | ID: 138501

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Jason, West Midlands

Ford Fiesta

When reversing my Fiesta at very low speed the car stalls and a loud bang sounds. The vehicle stalls and sticks in reverse gear. To get the vehicle out of reverse I have to re-press the clutch and force it back into neutral. If I then restart the vehicle and drive as normal it`s ok. I'm worried this may turn into something serious? Many Thanks Jason

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Mine does this too! I kept thinking I had hit something. Did u ever get an answer to this issue? Amy from Shropshire

Submitted: 14/01/2015 18:01:13 | ID: 109541

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paul, Tyne and Wear

Ford Ka

I left my ford ka sport parked up for a while (3month) the battery died so.I jump started it , I put it in reverse bit didn't move and seemed like the handbrake was on ?

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Rubbers seized in pistons on drums need replacing and fluid needs bleeding and top up Ron from Essex

The handbrake is a purely mechanical linkage so the slave cylinders haven't been in use whilst parked, if the rubbers have seized they will be seized in the retracted (brakes off) position within the slave cylinder. It's more likely to be seized handbrake cable or handbrake operating lever within the brake drum. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 06/02/2016 13:25:30 | ID: 127209

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Ron, Essex

Ford Ka

Boot warning light stays on dash

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Check the micro switch that's attached to the latch mechanism, the plastic mounting clips can break. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 08/03/2017 18:51:20 | ID: 139654

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sonya parker, Norfolk

Ford Kuga

my kuga wont recogmise either of my key fobs so will not start on the keyless ignition switch.Also since this started today the dash is showing that my handbrake is on when it is not.I have changed the battery in the fob but it still don't work.Anyone else had this problem please?

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It would appear not, try searching the interweb to get an answer to your question and various solutions. Mick from Portugal

I had this on ours, usually after heavy rain water enters the fuse box on the passenger side footwell and causes problems. Remove fusebox and dry out wiring connectors and fuses and should be fine. Either windscreen or a leak on bulkhead Rob from Surrey

Submitted: 04/03/2017 22:22:59 | ID: 139471

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John Stewart, Angus

Ford Mondeo

On initial start up first thing in morning there is a chirping sound from the engine. This sound only happens if the engine has been switched off for 6 hours or longer. Would appreciate any comments on what this can be and if it is serious to continue driving my car.

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Could be a leak from the exhaust manifold, possible one of the gaskets has gone or is missing. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 07/03/2017 12:14:32 | ID: 139577

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peter adams, Nottinghamshire

Ford Fiesta

i have a 2013 ford fiesta zetec 1.25 can you tell me if there are any warning lights on when the car is locked

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No, we can't see your car. Your handbook will tell you if such a light is fitted. I've seen a 2004 Titanium with a red immobiliser led on the dash display between the rev counter and speedometer. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 05/03/2017 21:13:01 | ID: 139528

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joanne taylor, Cheshire

Ford Ka

My Ka external sensor is reading too cold and frost light warning staying on,any ideas?? Thanks

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It's either colder than you think or the sensor needs replacing. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 05/03/2017 15:14:01 | ID: 139512

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chris, West Midlands

Ford Fiesta

when the engine is running there is fumes coming from the back of the engine, when i put my hand down the back i can feel air coming from somewhere, it sounds like a steam engine as well, checked the oil lovely and clean, water is not contaminated, could it be a gasket that is blowing?.

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Yes, possibly exhaust manifold gasket. Feel around for the air being blown onto your hand before the engine gets to full temperature so as not to burn your hand. Mick from Portugal

hi Mick, thank you for your assistance in this matter, the only thing is on our fiesta the exhaust manifold is on the front of the engine, but the blowing is at the rear off the engine, am i missing something ie is the gasket one piece that fits the whole engine, i am so sorry but i am not very good with these engines. regards chris from West Midlands

In that case it won't be the manifold gasket. The only gasket that fits the entire engine is the head gasket, if that has gone I would expect to see oil in the water (and vice-versa) and a loss of water. I don't know what year your Fiesta is but on a Mark 1 I seem to recall their being a flexible joint and gasket at the rear of the engine where the exhaust joins the downpipe. Have a look underneath and if you've got such a joint do the hand test around it. Has your Fiesta got an EGR valvel? If so check the pipework from the exhaust through the EGR valve (including that valve) and on wards to the intake manifold Mick from Portugal

Hi Mick, thank you for the information, i have checked the oil and water and they are both perfectly clean, there is no gunge on the oil cap or anywhere, i think that it seems to be coming from a gasket quite close to the rocker gasket at the back of the engine, when we run the engine it sounds like a steam engine 2 puffing, dont know if this helps, if the rocker gasket is leaking could this happen?. chris from West Midlands

It is possible but I've never experienced a leaking rocker gasket making noise like a steam engine (or any other noise for that matter). Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 05/03/2017 12:57:38 | ID: 139491

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Jeff Adams, Rhondda Cynon Taf

Ford Kuga

Where is the switch to turn on the parking sensors on the new 2017kuga titanium awd

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Follow the menu in your computer and you will eventually arrive at an options screen to turn on/off optional extras Philip from Tyne and Wear

Submitted: 25/01/2017 18:48:24 | ID: 138417

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adam, Merseyside

Ford Fiesta

have a fiesta tdci 16 zetec s and while driving to car losses power then gains power as if your putting your foot down then taking it off again .the cars been serviced with all fillers changed and also the egr valve has been chaged for a new one plus I just put air mass flow senser on and the problems is still there .I,ve check that all connectors are on and all pipes are tight aswell but no change

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It might be worth getting the fuel pump checked. Mick from Portugal

Could be a ocagen sensor Ben from Leicestershire

Has the erg been programmed ? Ben from Leicestershire

Submitted: 02/03/2017 14:06:54 | ID: 139359

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Steve Harwood, England

Ford Mondeo 2009

I have had problems with my Ford Mondeo`s door locks when the weather is freezing. I am able to open my car and start it, but when I shut the door the two front doors lock and I cannot get out. The two rear doors will open from the inside and once I have travelled 3-4 miles then so will the two front doors. (Titanium X)

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I have same problem! Julia from Aberdeenshire

When temperature drops below 10c. My boot won't open, and sometimes passenger door. Also locks me in car. Andrew Martin Tebbut from Dorset

Submitted: 24/12/2012 09:11:42 | ID: 55226

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Malcolm, Cambridgeshire

Ford Kuga

The fuel gauge goes to zero, low fuel light comes on and 'Fuel Computer Data Error' is showing. Can anybody suggest a possible cause as this happens even when the tank is full. The Kuga continues to run fine with no other problems. Thanks.

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It could be a problem/failure with the fuel tank sender unit Mick from Portugal

Hi Mick, thanks for the answer however everything else appears to be working correctly i.e. MPG, miles to go before fill up, etc. Wouldn't the tank sender affect this as well? Kind regards Malcolm Malcolm from Cambridgeshire

I would have expected it to affect those as well, I don't know if the low fuel sensor is separate from the level sender, if not then I would guess that it's a gremlin at work in the ECU but it is only a wild guess and as ECU's are expensive I wouldn't go spending your money on a guess of mine. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 27/02/2017 18:51:00 | ID: 139269

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Lee bauer, Norfolk

Ford Galaxy

I have a Ford Galaxy 1900 TDI The clutch engages the gear but once it's in gear there is no drive

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The Galaxy is prone to driveshaft CV (Constant Velocity) joint problems. If one has failed you will experience what you have described. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 27/02/2017 18:25:46 | ID: 139266

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Clare Hansford, Shropshire

Ford Galaxy

Thanks mike for last post, but flippin car grrr, firstly the abs light comes on intermittently... could this be the abs sensor on the wheel... and now... its a auto sometimes, it jolts into gear when its going up n down the selectors, do I need transmission oil as it doesn't always do it? or something else pls pls advise

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Impossible to say re the ABS without a 'hands on' examination. Re the jolt when engaging gear, if you don't know when the ATF (Automatic Transmission Fluid) was last changed drain it from the gearbox and replenish with new to see if that cures the problem, if it doesn't then it may be the torque converter failing. Mick from Portugal

Thanks for advice again , Mick from Portugal... Sick of being ripped off at garages , last question ... Temp gauge on dash is intermittent .. heater blower works fan kicks in as it should , would it be a sensor again somewhere ? Clare Hansford from Shropshire

Yes it could be the temperature sensor if it is the radiator cooling fan will also be intermittent as it takes its information from the same sensor. Neither will have any bearing on the heater fan operation. Another possibility is the printed circuit board for the instrument cluster since they stopped using lead in solder the solder is prone to drying out and loosing connection, Vauxhalls are particularly prone to problems with the instrument cluster because of it. The next time you lose the temperature gauge when the engine is hot, stop and open the bonnet, if the cooling fan is running then the most likely cause is the circuit board. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 27/02/2017 11:36:12 | ID: 139237

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Clare Hansford, Shropshire

Ford Galaxy

Abs light is on, can anyone tell me first is this dangerous ? ( Have babies) and what will be the likely cause ???? ... So I do t get ripped off at a garage please , and replys would be great thank you

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It means there is a fault with the ABS system, you will still have brakes, they just won't be ABS brakes so if you brake very very hard your wheels will lock up and skid. It could be either an ABS wheel sensor or the ABS pump itself. In 2008 I had to have the ABS pump renewed on a Volvo V70, it was either £400 or £600, I can't remember which. A wheel sensor will be a considerably cheaper to replace. Mick from Portugal

hi Mick I'm thinking its the wheel sensor as it doesn't do it all the time.. also now it sometimes( again not always) jolts when selecting the gears 1/2/3 up and down ?? does it near gear box fluid as it doesn't do it all the time or something else Clare Hansford from Shropshire

Submitted: 23/02/2017 11:05:04 | ID: 139137

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al hill, Middlesex

Ford Focus C-Max

My focus c-mas zetec automatic accelerates off very fast when gas petal gently is touched. Happens in drive and reverse. Can you help

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EGR Valve has had it. Had same problem with mine. Didn't have money to replace so fitted the a blanking plate. Now runs like a dream. Check if you have Excessive Black Smoke behind you. This will be the teller. C-Max and most new fords all have Poor EGR Systems. 30,000 is maximum you will get out of an EGR Valve. Get it changed. Michael Lock from Essex

Submitted: 27/09/2015 16:46:04 | ID: 121700

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Lorraine Weedall, Portugal

Ford Fiesta

Why can't I turn lights off, 1996 Fiesta, been idle for a while!

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Most probably a faulty switch. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 20/02/2017 14:39:22 | ID: 139060

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Tracey, Carmarthenshire

Ford Fusion

I'm having issues with my d/s rear lights the brake light won't come on despite changing the bulb but my sidelight are working does anyone have an idea...thx

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I had same problem,took to garage and somehow put bulb in wrong way steve from West Midlands

Submitted: 23/07/2016 13:29:41 | ID: 133754

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Mrs Swannack, South Yorkshire

Ford Fiesta

Passenger window has gone all the way down and won't go back up it's electric drivers side works fine

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it is either the window switch or a fuse . easy enough to replace . will cost more from fords or look for one on amazon . Darryl from Hertfordshire

Submitted: 02/01/2017 11:15:19 | ID: 137727

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Cameron, Tyne and Wear

Ford C-Max

My poodle lights won't go out

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I would suggest that you take your poodle to the vet. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 09/02/2017 17:42:47 | ID: 138836

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gavin, Norfolk

Ford Transit

my tipper went up a short way then stopped suddenly and will not go up or down

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If the tipper rose on its own then it sounds like the valve which controls the ram is faulty and has now stuck so the ram won't come back down. Warning: if you are going to disconnect the ram or any of the hydraulic control system make sure that the body is supported with strong timbers. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 08/02/2017 19:15:51 | ID: 138805

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Tracy, Kent

Ford Transit

My van drives nice until you come to a hill and you put your foot down a bit cuts out haveit cut out have to start it up again

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Check temp when it happens if it's up it's a new water pump had the same problem Don from Lancashire

Submitted: 24/01/2017 11:27:17 | ID: 138370

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Anthony, Merseyside

Ford Kuga

I have a Ford Kuga titanium sport x sun roof won't close goes so far then starts to reverse been back to dealer three times first time they changed module worked ok for a couple of weeks took in again couldn't find anything wrong took it back for third three weeks ago dealer saying new software update available still heard nothing after three weeks what should i do.

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I have the same problem. It's an intermittent electrical fault that also effects my boot as sometimes that won't close. It now also effects my internal electrics as the Sat Nav, Radio and display system froze. It then came up saying System Maintenance after about 30 minutes. Ford have had it 5 times now and told me they don't know what to do. I am currently going through complaints ass the car is only 7 months old now F Williams from Greater Manchester

Submitted: 10/08/2016 11:12:01 | ID: 134254

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Tam Muir , Fife

Ford Kuga

Hi,when in a field front wheels spin but rear wheels don't engage. Drives fine otherwise

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Do you have a two wheel drive version of the Kuga and not a four wheel drive? A fault with a four wheel drive system will usually bring on a warning light. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Definitely 4 wheel drive no faults Tam Muir from Fife

If your Kuga has the terrain management system you should use the round selector on the centre console to select snow / gravel / grass mode. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 04/02/2017 14:47:10 | ID: 138677

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gary park, Lancashire

Ford Fiesta

my hazard warning lights keep flashing even when the car is off the only way to turn them off is to disconnect the battery so it wont drain. ive tried taking out the fuse but the same still happens even without the fuse in. please help what could it be?

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hazard warning lights flashing when parked ford fiesta 1.6 draing battery EDDIE DREW from South Africa

Submitted: 18/02/2015 11:41:17 | ID: 111777

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derek Cheetham, Northumberland

Ford Kuga

remote control will not lock car even though you can hear it and indicator lights flash ive changed batteries , just bought car 2 dAYS AGO

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JOB DONE!!! derek Cheetham from Northumberland

Hi Derek, How did you rectify the problem, i have same fault. Lee lee from Stoke-on-Trent

Submitted: 22/01/2017 17:28:31 | ID: 138323

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Tony Crome, Devon

Ford Mondeo

When I indicate right , a beeping alarm sounds , in time with the indicator . Indicating left is fine . Checked bulbs , they are flashing . When I have dipped headlights it doesn't happen .

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Is your car fitted with a towbar & electrics? If so it might have an indicator warning buzzer fitted which could be faulty if it's operating when a trailer isn't plugged in. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 03/02/2017 14:52:34 | ID: 138641

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David Curran, Ireland

Ford Transit Connect 2006

My Ford Transit Connect`s dash stays illuminated even when the keys are out and the lights are off. I have been told this is common or even meant to happen. It does not go out at all but stays on all of the time. Any ideas?

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Did you sort the light illumination fault? I`m after ideas Gary Foster from England

No joy on it still staying lit up David Curran from Ireland

I'm having the same problem can anyone help????? gary confrey from Scottish Borders

Drivers side footwell there is a plastic panel to the right hand side, remove the panel there is an electrical connector behind that panel which is bolted to the piller with a 10mm bolt. Undo the bolt pull the connector apart you will find water has got in there. Dan shroll from Monmouthshire

Submitted: 30/10/2012 10:42:15 | ID: 89140

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Siseko, South Africa

Ford Focus

My ford focus st170 manual 2l duratec. Has been giving me problems with the walsh plug eas leaking water and the thermostat was not giving me hot warm air. So i fixed it temporay with a radiator cement to stop the leak and it did but my temperature was not stable. I drove the car checking my temp and water. Its over heated for a few seconds then the water from the water bottle was finished. Then the car lost power and not starting anymore, just making a craking sound with out starting. Please help me o what can i do to fix it.

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I was also thing of buying a new walsh plug and the thermostat to see if the car will start . It ok to do that? Siseko from South Africa

Submitted: 02/02/2017 22:09:56 | ID: 138626

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Kitchen, Warwickshire

Ford Galaxy

Will my galaxy still run without an alternater

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Yes but the battery won't charge. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 02/02/2017 14:41:29 | ID: 138612

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Kitchen, Warwickshire

Ford Galaxy

Will my car go without the fan belt

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For a short while, then the engine will overheat and cause expensive damage. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 02/02/2017 14:39:08 | ID: 138611

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Kitchen, Warwickshire

Ford Galaxy

Will the engin run if fan belt has snaped

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For a short while, then the engine will overheat and cause expensive damage. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 02/02/2017 14:35:40 | ID: 138610

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e mcconnell, Tyne and Wear

Ford Focus C-Max

car battery appears to be flat as nothing electric works.take of battery lead then reconnect after few seconds then every thing works and car starts okay .any ideas for cause. thanks

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Just a stab in the dark here but the procedure you take to get your car to work is what is often done to reboot the ECU. It might be worth getting the ECU checked. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 30/01/2017 16:07:23 | ID: 138540

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Ruby, England

Ford Kuga

When I locked my Ford Kuga tonight the lights under the wing mirrors, which usually turn off automatically, won’t go off. Why?

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How strange, we have exactly the same problem tonight. Have you had any luck turning them off ? Rebecca from Derbyshire

How strange, we have exactly the same problem tonight. Have you had any luck turning them off ? Rebecca from Derbyshire

Same problem here anyone found a solution Ben from Essex

My wing mirror lights on my ford Kuga won't go off... Any advice please ..? Sally from Essex

Exact same issuethis morning! Did you find no a solution ? Michelle from Rhondda Cynon Taf

Submitted: 11/11/2013 10:27:39 | ID: 57600

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Chris, South Yorkshire

Ford Transit

Hi I have a 07 mk7 transit, it struggled to turn over in a morning very slow but never failed then would start ok all day. I changed the battery but no change, a friend told me it may be a lazy starter motor so I have put a new starter motor on and it turns over great but won't start now? Can any one help thanks

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Hi i have the same thing on my ford transit if I find out i will let you know. I think it might be the duel mass flywheel ? Andy from Somerset

Submitted: 04/10/2014 15:57:31 | ID: 104055

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Zahid, Essex

Ford Galaxy

My car was running smoothly I parked it side of the road to drop passenger. After that I reverse it but its reverse gear was not working and its front gear didn't change automatically. Amber engine light was on in dash board and i light shows in the dashboard message comes up Stop Lamps blub fault. Another message shows Transmission Limited Function. While i checked sop blubs are ok. My car Frod Galaxy Zetec TDCI Auto Diesel year 2012 number plate 62 please any one help me what's the problem with a car Thanks

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You need to get your vehicle scanned for digital trouble codes (DTC). AN example would be U0416-68 which breaks down as follows: U0416 = Invalid Data Received From Vehicle Dynamics Control Module. 68 = DTC Failure Subtype definition for failure category “6”. 68 = DTC Failure. Subtype definition for failure category "6". Event information: This subtype is used by the control module to indicate the detection of a system event that was not caused by the control module itself but forces the control module to store DTC from another system or control module. Bottom line is that you could have a faulty ABS sensor and/or a faulty brake light switch. There may also be other DTC's present. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 27/01/2017 14:27:25 | ID: 138433

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Alan Pritchard, Cheshire

Ford Mondeo Estate 2009

Hi. When driving my Ford Mondeo Estate the temp needle is on normal and then suddenly it shoots up to hot for a few miles and then back to normal. There is no loss of coolant and the car runs okay when this happens. What could be causing this?

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i had the same thing happen, there are two plastic pieces that break off on the thermostat I don't know where they went but I put a new thermostat in and the temperature gauge works fine dickie from Devon

Submitted: 10/12/2013 16:19:39 | ID: 59075

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Andrew, Hampshire

Ford Transit

Hi , my 06 t350 has a problem with the headlights , only full beam works but bulbs are fine so are the engine compartment relays and fuses there also appears to be no fault with the paddle or rotary switch . It maybe coincidental , but the reversing lights have also failed , could this be a bad earth , if so , where are the likely places to find them or do you have any other suggestions , Thank you in advance Andrew

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dipped beam relay gone at back of glovebox £4.00 from motor factors £30.00 from ford simon bounds from Herefordshire

Submitted: 20/01/2017 08:23:44 | ID: 138259

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Rose, United States of America

Ford Focus

car keeps stalling. had 2 diagnostics done with no issues. advised to change gas- did but car keeps stalling

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When does it stall? When ticking over? When driving along? When pulling away from standstill? Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 15/01/2017 20:08:28 | ID: 138115

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