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My Ford Galaxy won`t start sometimes, the key turns and the ignition lights stay bright but there`s no starter turning. I ’ve tried rocking with it in gear to no effect but if I leave it for a few seconds it starts okay. Someone suggested the earth strap on the engine? Where is this located exactly? Thanks for any help. (2.3)
Hi, I would check the key ignition as I had this problem a couple of years ago. I would take this apart and check the wiring there is ok, as this could be your problem. - John Wood from Essex
Submitted: 21/11/2013 09:29:44 | ID: 23294
I lose the sound from my speakers in my Ford S-MAX except centre but at a low level, with a clicking type of sound and the words "drive fault " comes up on the Sony unit. Does anybody know what causes this to happen? Also under hard acceleration in 3/4 gears the engine seems to hesitate a little then pick up. It will keep doing it until you stop accelerating, it feels like a rocking type of motion. I hope things don’t come in 3’s. Any help will be great. (Titanium)
Hi matey, did you sort out CD player fault and was it a easy fix? - Ben Moss from England
Submitted: 15/11/2013 10:36:46 | ID: 23114
I have a problem with my Ford Galaxy shuddering / misfiring in second, third and fourth gears between 30mph and 60mph. There is no problem when cruising at a constant speed. It is not the rev limiter cutting in and it has only just started doing this after putting a fresh tank of diesel in at Sainsburys. I have run redex injector cleaner through, but no change. Any ideas? (1.8 tdi)
Hi, have the same problem after filling up at Asda. Garage says the clutch is going, the fuel pump is going, get rid or pay £1000! A lovely motor as you say when cruising at a constant speed, can’t believe all that is wrong with it, so any suggestions would be welcomed - Debbie Ward from Norfolk
Submitted: 12/11/2013 12:36:06 | ID: 22988
I have had my clutch changed on my Ford Fiesta zetec S. The bloke that did it had broken the passenger side abs/traction control sensor so I put a new one on but now the lights won`t go out on the dash. Anyone know the reason why?
Might need to get a computer to plug into the car and get the errors reset. - Andy s from Middlesex
The pick up ring may be lost or missing. - Burt Smith from Surrey
Try driving it down the road sometimes it resets itself - Alan from Cheshire
Submitted: 12/11/2013 12:03:38 | ID: 22983
As soon as I turn on the engine of my Ford Ka the air blows red hot, even when the dial is on cold. There are no warning lights on. Is the car overheating? Can anyone help? (1.3i)
In most cases it is the dial control that needs to be replaced, meaning the part where the three dials are needs to be replaced. You could probably do it yourself as it’s not that hard of a job. I have done one before on my partner’s car and it only took about 15 mins. If that doesn’t work it could also be the heater valve which is a bit harder to fit yourself, but still do able. It should be the first one though. Hope this helps you with your heater problem. - Steve from Kent
Submitted: 12/11/2013 11:02:03 | ID: 22966
I went shopping today and when I returned to my Ford Ka I started the engine and something didn’t sound right on the journey home, the engine sounded weird as if the engine was juddering and the timing seemed out. Also the engine management light started flashing and I could only go up to about 45 mph. Does anyone have any idea what`s wrong with it? (KA collection Y Reg)
Lambda sensor on the cat - Dangerous Dave from Nottinghamshire
Submitted: 08/11/2013 11:17:18 | ID: 22846
My Ford Transit Tipper ran out of diesel and wouldn`t start up again after refilling it. It has been on the computer at a garage and it is telling me that the fuel pump is broken. Since then I have taken the fuel pipes off the top of the injectors to bleed the system and diesel is pumping out fine, but now the battery has gone flat. Can anyone tell me if I charge the battery would this work, as I have done it in the past with a scaffolding wagon and that worked, or is this totally different and has anyone got any similar experiences with this? Thanks.
Spray easy start in the airflow intake. I have to do this with mine, just dont let it run out again because they can get addicted to easystart. - Dave Wilki from Yorkshire
Submitted: 07/11/2013 09:53:27 | ID: 22769
My 2004 Ford Transit t280 won`t go over 3000 revs, loses power and blows out white smoke, but not all of the time mainly on dual carriageways and up hills. Please can anyone help?
4 clutches? I’ve got the same problem and just had a quote for over £600. I can’t work it out, some days it’s ok and others it’s juddering in first all day. I’ve been told it could be the engine mounts, who knows? - Stephen Kane from England
Submitted: 05/11/2013 16:14:17 | ID: 22754
Can anyone help me please? My Ford Galaxy now has two problems showing on the dashboard. The original problem is the yellow abs light is continually on. I have replaced the abs pump and the ecu sensor attached to it with no joy. I also have checked both fuse boxes but the fault still remains. Last night I got into the car and now I have the handbrake light on the dashboard that beeps 3 times at me while flashing, then stays on flashing all the time. What is happening? Does anyone have any suggestions on one or both problems please? Thanks. (1.9tdi Zetec)
Got my car back today, abs light on the dashboard and the handbrake light on dashboard, beeping 3 times when starting the engine with continuing flashing (2 faults) ... problem was the fuse box in the engine bay. 12 volts were going into the fuse box from the battery to all the different fuses but on the return out of one of the fuses was only showing 9.4 volts. This was repaired very cheaply without purchasing a new fuse box this time... if anyone gets the same problem I hope this helps - John Wood from Essex
Submitted: 05/11/2013 10:58:03 | ID: 22708
I have an 04 Ford Fiesta silver and it has started juddering and the engine management light has come on. Any idea on what it could be? We have realised it’s running on 3 cylinders and we have changed the plugs but the problem persists?
Gaskets or exhaust - Andy S from Middlesex
Submitted: 05/11/2013 08:59:36 | ID: 22704
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I have a Ford Transit Connect Aug 2006 Registration Model L230 D 1753 cc. It’s done 49,000 miles. When do I need to change the timing belt? Thanks. (Transit Connect L230 D 1800 cc)
150,000 miles or 10 yrs - Paul J from Essex
Submitted: 04/11/2013 14:14:59 | ID: 22654
I have a 2003 tdci lwb Ford Transit Connect. I was driving on the motorway and then the speed just dropped. Now it will start but will not accelerate at all. The RAC told me that it would be the accelerator pedal but this has been changed and it`s still the same. Can anyone help? (tdci)
Just had to fit new throttle peddle on my van was doing the same thing, you can grease and clean contacts, but it is better to change it - Graham Tench from Cambridgeshire
Submitted: 01/11/2013 12:42:37 | ID: 22583
I recently bought a new Ford Kuga 63 plate. Yesterday we had 1/4 tank petrol and the warning light came on, so I put £30 in and now it says only 88 miles before empty. This can`t be right surely?
Hi. There may be some updates for the PCM. To update the software take the vehicle into your local Ford dealer and they will be able to help. - Jo from Yorkshire
Submitted: 29/10/2013 12:44:17 | ID: 22427
I took my Ford Galaxy to the dealers when it started playing up while starting it. It would fail to start then I would have to wait for about 2 minutes before trying again and finally it could start. The dealers told me the computer showed there was no proplem. Two weeks later the car failed completely to start, took it back to the dealers and they are now telling me the car`s computer is not communicating with their computer. It is costing me a fortune for all these diagnostic checks. Please advise? (2.3 Zetec)
Sounds like your ECU needs replacing. - Kevin from England
Submitted: 28/10/2013 14:57:38 | ID: 22337
Every time I fill up my Ford Transit Connect with diesel, no matter how much fuel I have, the pump will click as soon as it starts filling. It will overspill if you keep trying. The fuel seems to sit at the top of the filling pipe and will start bubbling up and overflowing, then disappear back down the pipe. Any ideas? (T220L)
I had the same problem with mine and at just 3 weeks old, it was very annoying. Some fancy thing Ford have fitted, not sure what for mind you! I have found that if you put the fuel nozzle in at a very low angle it does actually fill - look on the inside of the flap and there is a picture! Hope this helps. - Alan Bartlett from Nottinghamshire
Submitted: 28/10/2013 10:07:11 | ID: 22277
Hello, my Ford Transit turns over too long before starting, it will always start but takes way too long. It’s a 2009 115 engine. Can anybody help?
Sounds like your up lift is leaking, so your engine needs to pump it back up. - Simon from England
Submitted: 25/10/2013 14:24:11 | ID: 22232
My Ford Galaxy won`t start. It smokes from the exhaust and fires occasionally but won`t run. I attached a code reader but this shows no faults. Any ideas?
Firstly I would look in the engine bay to the right of the engine, just sitting on the edge/under the engine cover is the turbo map sensor. If you take this off (2 screws) and spray the white sensor node with brake cleaner this will get rid of any dirt or oil residue, which can give problems with starting and this will cost you nothing to do. (Blow on the sensor node, which will dry the brake cleaner off very quickly). I have to do this every thousand miles or there abouts as my turbo knocks out into limp mode and accasionally gives me a problem starting. Then if the problem is still there I would check the starter motor as I replaced mine 4 months ago, as the bushes on the back had completely worn away. Another possibility is to check the main large fuse box in the engine bay to see all is clean and not corroded. In the past my mechanic had said that the clutch dual mass fly wheel was on its way out creating lots of metal fine shavings/dust, which attach to the starter motor, this could also be another pissibility. I have had a few challenging things on my Galaxy as it was a taxi and has now done 598,200 miles at ten years old. I have posted a problem, which none has come back with any helpful info yet. My problem is that the ABS light always stays on once I pull away from starting the motor? Hope this info helps. Thanks - John Wood from Essex
I have a Galaxy 1,9 tdi 2004 model. Over the last 5 months I have had a problem where the engine fires sometimes, but won’t start. Sometimes I have to try 20 to 30 times to get the engine started. Several mechanics with data equipment couldn’t find the fault. At last I found out what was wrong, I had to replace the sensor on the timing belt. A 15 minute operation and the problem was solved for me. This sensor gives a signal to the fuel pump, and When this malfunctions the pump won’t work properly. I hope I could help you. - Ivar Mansæterbak from Norway
Submitted: 25/10/2013 12:35:13 | ID: 22226
My Ford Transit Connect is 1.8 turbo diesel. I want to put oil in it but not sure which one to use?
5w30 part symthetic - Paul J from Essex
Submitted: 22/10/2013 14:38:52 | ID: 22074
My Ford Fiesta keeps making a noise like something rubbing on the right hand side when travelling, also when the right hand lock is used. I had new pads fitted but the problem is still there. What can I do?
Might be rubbing on dust covers on the lower arm or the cables to the brakes? - Andy S from Middlesex
Submitted: 22/10/2013 10:49:45 | ID: 22035
My Ford Ka`s battery sign is on all of the time. Sometimes it starts striaghtaway and sometimes you have to hold the key and pump the oil to get it to start for around 20 seconds. Any suggestions please?
I’d suggest the battery is on the way out. Get it checked for free at a local car accessories shop before cold weather renders it useless when you need it - Dangerous Dave from Nottinghamshire
Submitted: 18/10/2013 16:31:07 | ID: 21940
The boot plastic door panel inside my Ford Galaxy Zetec TDCI has fallen off. There are supposed to be a number of metal clips to hold it in place. I would like to find out what the metal clips are called? I tried searching for them online but I had no luck whatsoever! If anyone has had this problem before with the back boot panel falling off in the interior I would appreciate it if you could tell me where I could find these clips?
I can’t remember what they are called, but popped over to the local Ford Dealership which had an onscreen diagram and I pointed out the correct part to them. There are three clips needed. I can’t remember how much they were but bought new ones as I didn’t like the idea of second hand ones failing after a short time. They can be a fiddle to fit onto the panel AND the door as they had a tendency to fit on one fine, but then come off when trying to clip them in place. Hope this helps - Kevin B from Wiltshire
Submitted: 18/10/2013 16:02:13 | ID: 21929
I’ve got a 2001 Ford Ka and need to change the HT leads. I’ve been told by a few people that they have to be changed in a certain order but none of them seem to know the order. So I was wondering, do they have to be changed in a certain order and if so in what order? Thanks.
By certain order they mean replace each lead one at a time, rather than pull them all off. Take one lead, remove it from the distributer cap at one end, then the spark plug at the other. Then put the new lead in it’s place. Then do the next lead etc. - Dangerous Dave from Nottinghamshire
You can change the leads in any order, but do one at at time so as not to mix them up! - Colin from England
Submitted: 18/10/2013 08:58:59 | ID: 21894
Hi. As I drive I can hear a whirring type sound coming from the front of my Ford Focus (sounds like it has something to do with the wheels). It is more pronounced as I go round bends. It also sounds like a rubbing sort of sound. Also as I turn left out of a junction I get a clunk from the front left side. Would anyone have any idea what could be causing this? Many thanks.
Sounds like your wheel baring, and the clunk sound is most likely to the stabilizing link arm. - Wesley Logsdon from England
Submitted: 17/10/2013 12:02:39 | ID: 21849
I have a Ford Ka 2010 with the heater blower on working on speed no 4. I have been advised that it is the restrictor that needs replacing. I am able to buy a new one but do not know where it is located on the car. Does anyone know? (Style)
It’s called resistor not restrictor. It’s probably under the left side of the dashboard. However, on many cars the resistor only controls 1, 2 and 3 blower speeds. If it’s just 4 that doesn’t work, I wouldn’t bother to be honest. More hassle than it’s worth. - Dangerous Dave from Nottinghamshire
It’s on the passenger side under the glovebox. It is just one screw that holds it in. Just get a blower resistor for a Ford Ka off of eBay and replace it! Two minute job - very easy. - Danny from England
Submitted: 10/10/2013 15:16:51 | ID: 21812
My Ford Ka`s engine keeps revving too high when my foot is taken off the accelerator. Sometimes it slows down by itself, sometimes not. Any ideas anyone? Thanks.
Your clutch is going. - M Harvey from England
It’s called ’throttle hang up’. Ford made a modification for this problem, chase the wiring loom back from idle control valve to the multi plug, then separate and clean the terminals. Also clean the control valve with carb cleaner. If the problem persists go to Ford for modified wiring. - Martin Jones from Essex
I guess it is idle air control valve or throttle cable, throttle position sensor - Aniefiok Akwaowo from Nigeria
Submitted: 10/10/2013 12:06:18 | ID: 21780
There is a clicking sound coming from inside my Ford Ka. It stops when I put the indicator on then starts again when I turn it off. It`s not always doing it but sounds like a fast indicator double clicking then a single click. I`ve checked the fuses and the indicators are both working. Any ideas? Many thanks.
If you put on your alarms (working both indicators at once) and this double clicking doesn’t exist and more so this only happens when you use one indicator each time then I would suggest you check the lightbulbs inside the indicators at the front/back side of the car, since most likely one of them needs changing Jason from England
Submitted: 07/10/2013 12:29:44 | ID: 21656
After about 200 miles my Ford Fiesta has used about 1ltr of water. There`s no sign of a leak, no water bubbles in the oil and the oil`s still on the mark after stopping the engine for about 5 minutes. There is no pressure when the header tank top is taken off. Any thoughts please? (cdti)
My wife has a 2006 Ford Fiesta and there is a design problem with the thermostat housing which leaks. The housing is made of plastic and I believe it moves, which eventually damages the associated O ring causing leaks. You need to change the housing and O ring because the former is probably distorted. The housing is not easy to get at being under the alternator. You also have to move some air con parts if that is fitted. - Ray Smith from Cheshire
Submitted: 01/10/2013 11:22:19 | ID: 21457
Hi there. I have a problem with the ABS light staying on in my Ford Galaxy. I had the car read by computer and it showed the fault was the ecu of the abs pump. I replaced the abs pump with the ecu but no joy, the light still comes on once you pull away to change into second gear! The computer fault reads as follows (01276 abs hydraulic pump-v64 signal outside tolerances intermitant). We have changed all fuses to do with the abs but still no joy. I don`t use this car as much as I once did so it sits unused for days or up to a week at a time now. I have noticed that there was a little water on the driver`s footwell, could this be my problem? Any info for the abs problem or where the water could be coming in from would be much appreciated. Any ideas? Cheers. (Zetec 1.9 tdi)
Got my car back today, abs light on the dashboard staying on, problem was to do with the fuse box in the engine bay. 12 volts were going into the fuse box from the battery to all the different fuses but on the return out of one of the fuses was only showing 9.4 volts. This was repaired very cheaply without having to purchase a new fuse box this time... if anyone gets the same problem I hope this helps... Happy motoring - John Wood from Essex
Submitted: 30/09/2013 15:28:39 | ID: 21409
I have a Ford Fiesta Zetec and on the display screen for my miles to empty it has changed to KM. I have tried all the different settings but can`t find how to change it back to miles. Any ideas?
My 2012 Fiesta jumped to miles. Why? - Glenn from United States of America
Submitted: 27/09/2013 10:23:13 | ID: 21351
I have a Ford Focus RS. Why is my fan running all of the time? The orange management light is on. The maf sensor was changed at Ford but the light came back on in two days and the fan is still running even when cold. The car stutters when cold but when up to temperature there`s no loss in power. Can anyone help? Cheers.
Take your Focus to the garage to replace the engine temp sensor. The fan will stop and operate properly. Finally, reset the engine control unit (to get orange engine management light off). - Vladek from Croatia (Hrvatska)
Submitted: 26/09/2013 11:04:14 | ID: 21282
Hi. The red water light is coming on in my Ford Ka when I go up hills but when I go down it goes back off again. Can anyone explain why please?
I suspect the water is low. When you go up hill the radiator is higher so water drains down, when going downhill the reverse is right. - Dangerous Dave from Nottinghamshire
Submitted: 24/09/2013 11:44:53 | ID: 21237
I have a Ford Mondeo and when driving the car the glow plug flashes and I lose power. If I stop the engine for a couple of seconds and then start the car again all is back to normal for a couple of days. Then it does it again. I`m wondering what`s causing the problem so I can get the right parts to fix it?
This sounds like your cam shaft sensor is faulty. I had this problem with my Mondeo. I got a new sensor from Ford for about £17 and have had no problems since. - Steven Barnett from England
Submitted: 20/09/2013 09:53:50 | ID: 21152
My van in work is a 2005 Ford Transit van. I have a digital mileage reader and a clock type rev counter and speedometer. When the van has been running for approximately an hour the mileage goes blank with dashes, the speedo fails and the rev counter fails. It comes off and on through the day`s work. Can anyone suggest why it`s doing this please?
I had the same problem on my 2004 Transit. The problem exists in the connector that connects to the back of the instrument panel. If the problem can be fixed by giving the top of the dashboard a good thump then this is where the problem is likely to be. I found just reseating the connector and making sure it was pushed fully home seemed to fix it - Richard Burgess from Fife and Kinross Shires
Hi. I had the same thing. It took hours for me to find out what it was and in the end I took the clock/cluster out and took it apart. You will see the curcit board get a clean rag and spray some wd40 on the rag and clean the curcit board, making sure you clean it all. Then get a new rag and do it again to get most of the wd40 off and try to plug in it in and it should be ok. Let me now how you get on. Thanks. Hope this helps. - Richard angel from Caerphilly
Submitted: 19/09/2013 12:45:56 | ID: 21113
I have a Ford Fiesta 2007 1.4. I have just changed the wheel bearings both rear and front cause at Ford they told me the bearings were worn after changing still making the same noise. I had them checked they said the bearings are fine, but the noise is still there, don’t know what to do now. What else could it be?
I have exactly the same problem and cannot find out what it is... can you post the solution if you find out please. Thanks - Sam Jay from Cardiff
It could be the drive shaft bearing in the gear box, this makes a wheel bearing noise and often changes when turning corners due to pressure change on the shaft. - Ben from England
Submitted: 17/09/2013 15:53:35 | ID: 21078
On turning left and right my Ford Ka is making a grinding noise and sounds like the front wheels are rubbing on something. Any ideas please why it`s doing this and how much for repair?
Either CV joint or wheel bearing. Both under £100, but CV joint the more expensive. - Dangerous Dave from England
Please check your power steering fluid, it may be is low. - Olufemi Ogunsakin from Nigeria
Submitted: 17/09/2013 12:54:32 | ID: 21016
I have a 07 KA and the inside boot light won’t turn off. I’m a right dummy when it comes to cars and fixing them I’m worried something major is going to happen if I leave it as well. I don’t know how long it’s been like that? Any help?
It sounds like a switch. I believe if you lift your tailgate you will see some brass pins sticking out of the bottom of the boot which connect to some small brass like connectors on the boot edge. Try pressing the pins in (you may need to put oil on first) and cleaning the contacts on the boot edge. The pins should press in which will shut off the light. It’s the same principle with the door, if you open a door there will be a small pin which turns the light off when it is pressed. Alternatively just take the boot bulb out as it will drain the battery if the car is sat for several days. - Dangerous Dave from Nottinghamshire
Submitted: 17/09/2013 10:42:52 | ID: 20994
Under full load or power the engine just cuts. Flashing electrical logo on dash. Switch ignition off and restart it runs until you try to give full power again. If you run normal the engine if fine. No codes have been left to read on a code reader. Any ideas I’d be really grateful.
Had same problem, it was the fuel pump - Paul from Yorkshire
Submitted: 16/09/2013 16:02:06 | ID: 20952
When driving car seems to jump intermittently. Recently had coil pack changed as car seemed to have no power. The jump is now and again. Any idea what it could be, and how much might be to put right. Thank you.
Hello Julie, I had this problem earlier in the year and it turned out to be one of the ht leads misfiring! All were replaced and it ran perfectly afterwards! - Tom Hewitt from Northamptonshire
Submitted: 16/09/2013 13:48:59 | ID: 20938
Would it be a terrible idea to drive a 5 hour long distance in a 2002 Ford Ka with 80,000 miles already on the clock? What are the chances of breakdown? I am too young to hire a car unfortunately.
It should be fine. Just check oil, water and tyre pressures before you go. - Dangerous Dave from Nottinghamshire
Submitted: 10/09/2013 12:45:11 | ID: 20894
I have a Ford Ka Y Reg and I made a silly mistake of not taking the aerial off when going in the car wash and it completely snapped off. I was wondering how I can take the remaining metal bit out of where the aerial should be without having to take it to a garage?
Pop out the interior light. You will then be able to access the aeriel fitting and replace it with a new one - Col B from Lincolnshire
Submitted: 06/09/2013 15:45:16 | ID: 20829