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Hi. I`ve just pulled up to my house in my Ford Ka and have just had steam coming from the bonnet and heard bubbling. I topped it up with water and oil on Sunday. Can anyone help please?
Submitted: 09/05/2013 12:33:10 | ID: 19303
I am thinking of getting a Ford Ka 1.2 for my first car and I have two questions. Firstly is this a good car for my first car? Secondly what is it like up hills and over long distances as I go to and around Wales a couple of times a year and there are some quite big hills? If this is not a car for hills etc I quite like the new Corsa and Fiesta S - are they any good? Thanks.
My 2003 KA has been a lovely car for my first year, did well travelling to Cornwall from Derbyshire, hasn’t had any running problems to date (fingers crossed). Can deal with hills alright but isn’t going to compete with newer and faster cars at pulling off, drove mine up many hills during the snow this year and it kept it’s grip and helped me get home. Go for quality for your first car, try and spend as much as you can to get the best you can and don’t just settle for the first you find. Read through all of the MOT history (if the car doesn’t have it, do not have that car) and find out what advisory notes it’s had previously, ask for service history and read everything they have done to it. Good luck finding your perfect first car. Take a man with you who knows what he’s talking about, preferably someone who is mechanic based as they can look at the mechanic side of things instead of what you will see - Lauren from Derbyshire
Submitted: 30/04/2013 15:00:42 | ID: 19202
My Ford Ka has started whining on acceleration, you can hear it increase when the accelerator is pressed and it whines down when I take my foot off the accelerator. Can anybody suggest what is causing it to do this please? (Sport)
Submitted: 30/04/2013 14:17:29 | ID: 19198
I have a Ford Ka and when I came to a stop at some traffic lights my foot was not on the accelerator, but my engine sounded as if I was revving the engine, almost like a groan that came and went. Can anyone explain what is causing this please and what I can do?
Submitted: 29/04/2013 15:54:38 | ID: 19180
My Ford Ka`s electric windows have both stopped working and my passenger side central locking doesn’t work properly. I have checked the fuse and it`s okay. I have checked the door plug and skts which are okay. I have got 12volts on the window switches but not a peep out of either motor. Can anybody explain what the problem could be please?
Peel back the rubber boot between the plug on the drivers "A" post & the door. (Bit of a struggle but can be held back with small long nosed mole grips) The wires brake here & can be soldered or re joined with pieces of a small block connector. I have fixed a few like this - Al B from Devon
Submitted: 29/04/2013 10:20:48 | ID: 19167
Hello, I have done approx 80 miles since new in my Ford Ka (2013 reg) and on start up for a few seconds it blows some blue smoke after standing overnight. I would appreciate any advice on this. Any suggestions please? Thank you.
Sorry not an answer... I have noticed the same thing happening to my Ka today it’s a 2013 Titanium with only 3700 miles on the clock. Maybe it’s going to be a trip to the dealers - Wayne from Cheshire
Submitted: 22/04/2013 09:58:53 | ID: 19081
Hi. My Ford Ka is around 14 years old, it is a petrol model and has done around 112,500 miles. It is due an MOT about halfway through May. However it has a rusted hold in the floor of the boot that is right in the corner. You can clearly see straight through. Is it worth trying to get it repaired to pass it`s MOT or to look at getting another car? I’ve had it since August/September and only paid £450 for it. Is it worth trying to get it fixed, or should I just look at another car when I can only afford cars under £1000? Any suggestions please?Many thanks.
Submitted: 18/04/2013 09:23:54 | ID: 19018
Good day. My 2006 Ford Ka`s front light has stopped working (driver`s side). I have tested the bulb and it works. I`ve also checked the fuse box and all looks fine. I don`t know what else to check or do. Can anyone please offer any help? Thanks so much.
Have you tried to change the indicator stalks that will work same what happend to mine - Aaron Thomson from England
Submitted: 16/04/2013 10:38:01 | ID: 19008
I changed the thermostat on my Ford Ka. When I reattached the hoses the bottom hose has a slight bit of moisture where it connects to the thermo housing when the engine`s warmed up. The rest of the seal seems fine. Will this be okay as is? Also I removed the hose to the lower radiator to drain the. On the plastic pipe where the hose is attached there are two plastic ridges on top and bottom of the radiator pipe. I take it the hose doesn`t go over these as I have attached the hose flush to these with jubilee clips? I hope these questions make sense as it`s the first time I`ve attempted any work on a car? Cheers guys.
Submitted: 15/04/2013 16:24:44 | ID: 18994
Hi. Can anyone help me with locating the front fog lamp fuse on my Ford Ka as I cannot find it listed in the owner`s handbook? (No info on fuse box). I changed the bulb and touched the casing thus a spark and now no lamps either side are working although the switch does illuminate. The rear fog works okay. Any suggestions please? Thanks. (Sport SE)
Submitted: 08/04/2013 14:39:23 | ID: 18892
My Ford Ka`s speedometer or fuel gauge won`t move. My car starts and I can still drive it but it`s obviously not safe for me to do so. This problem started when I had a new stereo fitted. The problem was fixed but it`s started again a month or so later! Any ideas?
Submitted: 05/04/2013 09:32:41 | ID: 18859
I have a 2002 Ford Ka with an Enduro-e engine. In traffic the car overheated, the red light came on and the radiator fan was not working. I removed the switch so the fan runs continuously but it`s still overheating in traffic. The top hose is hot but not the bottom hose. I replaced the thermostat, even though when I tested the old thermostat it worked. Neither the air conditioning nor the heater work. From the outside the heater valve looks okay and no water leaks around it. If the heater valve is not working would this prevent water from circulating? The car is not losing water. Any ideas please?
Submitted: 04/04/2013 12:21:59 | ID: 18842
My brand new Ford Ka has done less than 100 miles. The user`s manual tells us how to isolate the stop/start feature which we have done because we don’t want to use it. Does the system default back to the operation of this facility once the ignition is switched off, which means you have to go through the process of isolating it again before start up, or should the original isolation remain in place until you reset the same in accordance with the user`s manual?
Submitted: 04/04/2013 11:24:51 | ID: 18832
Would fitting a rear spoiler to the back window of my Ford Ka stop dirt and road grit sticking to the rear window? Thanks.
Submitted: 02/04/2013 09:56:42 | ID: 18749
My daughter has a Ford Ka bought new in 2011. Recently she switched the engine off and then later lights started flashing and it would not start. She got the RAC out who said it was the electrics. Ford are saying a leaking windscreen had damaged the ignition electrics (factory fitted windscreen). The car is not quite 2 years old and has always been serviced by Ford. Is this a common fault and should it be covered under her warranty?
Submitted: 22/03/2013 10:00:11 | ID: 18645
When I dip my clutch in my Ford Ka, whether stationary or whilst changing gear whilst driving, a rattling noise starts. It stops again as soon as I release the clutch or put it in the bite point. Has anyone got any idea what’s causing this?
I had the same problem and had to have a new clutch - Sylvia James from Caerphilly
Before changing the whole clutch, first check if it’s not just the thrust bearing, they tend to make a noise when hitting the clutch when they are about to go - Rudolph Briedenhann from South Africa
Submitted: 15/03/2013 16:24:04 | ID: 18549
Had intake manifold gasket replaced due to a water leak. After 4 weeks it leaked again. Had it fixed but again after 4 weeks it has sprung another leak in same place. What is wrong? Anyone any ideas?
Submitted: 12/03/2013 11:00:16 | ID: 18476
Hi. I drove my car about 7 miles tonight and just as I pulled up to my house loads of steam started coming out of the bonnet. I have opened it up and there is loads of steam and water under the bonnet. Both of the pipes have come off - so there is no water in the car what soever - if i top it up it just pours out of the pipes. I can’t even reconnect them as the metal bit on the end of them where they connect seems to have eroded. could my head gasket of gone? Or why has this happened?
Take your oil cap off, if the oil inside is a creamy colour then your head gasket has gone – Gary from Warwickshire
Submitted: 11/03/2013 16:31:52 | ID: 18417
We are getting fobbed off by Ford, please can anyone help? My wife has a Ford Ka 1.2 grand prix bought brand new and we have had lots of problems with it, but the main one is fuel consumption. It`s been back to Ford and we`ve got nowhere. They`ve asked us to do a mileage check so we did. One full tank`s mileage was showing 6370. After a couple of weeks driving to and from her workplace the red light is now showing on the dashboard to indicate we need to refuel, mileage is now showing 6574, a measly 204 miles. This is miles and miles away from what is advertised on their website. My wife is a careful driver and the car tells you when to change up or down through the gears, it also has the stop/start facility. Pease can anyone advise us? (1.2 grand prix)
Submitted: 28/02/2013 09:25:03 | ID: 18257
Hi, I’ve just bought myself a Ford Ka and I’ve found that my steering wheel is too low and I need to raise it a little. I’ve noticed there’s a lever under the steering wheel but when I pull it nothing happens. Is there anything else I need to do to raise my steering wheel?
The lever under the steering wheel opens the bonnet - David Dinglebury from Essex
Submitted: 25/02/2013 14:08:07 | ID: 18228
My Ford Ka has started to cut out, it happened twice today. First when parking - I thought I had stalled, but then it happened again 3 times. Once parked I turned it on again to see how it sounded, it shuddered and then stopped again twice. I then left it for an hour and it seemed to be okay. I then drove it for 3 miles without any problems, parked, turned the engine on to check and it cut out. No engine lights came on, there is oil and water and fuel. I had a problem with the coil pack last year but this doesn’t seem to be the same! I hope someone can help and I obviously need to go on a car maintenance course! Any ideas please? Thanks. (54 reg)
Submitted: 21/02/2013 09:32:15 | ID: 18136
My Ford Ka is working fine mechanically but when I switched on the lights last night the interior lights on the car didn`t light up. Headlights were working fine but the dash and air / heat controls were not working. They did come on briefly after I switched the lights back off and on again, so I am guessing a loose wire is to blame. Can anyone advsie if this is likely to be a quick fix and where I am likely to find that pesky loose wire? Thanks. (Studio)
Submitted: 05/02/2013 14:51:10 | ID: 17855
The interior lights on my Ford Ka`s dashboard panel for large round heating controls and screen/back/front fog lights are not lit. Why? Is there a switch for this?
Submitted: 01/02/2013 14:06:41 | ID: 17787
Hi, I am wanting to sell my Ford Ka 52 plate. It has a few things on the advisories for the MOT. I am looking for a rough price for these things to get fixed. 1) Offside Headlamp damaged but light output not reduced. 2) Front (nearside and offside) Anti-Roll bar linkage worn but not seriously weakened. 3) Front (nearside and offside) macpherson strut has slight movement at the upper attachment. 4) Rear (nearside and offside) Suspension arm rubber bush deteriorated but not resulting in excessive movement. 5) Power steering pipe(s) or hose(s) slightly corroded. 6) Front lower (nearside and offside) suspension arm rubber bush deteriorated but not resulting in excessive movement. MOT is not due again until September. Can anyone help? I`m just wanting a rough cost and if any of these are worth worrying about just now? Thanks.
Submitted: 01/02/2013 09:27:54 | ID: 17773
I have recently replaced two sets of headlamp bulbs on my Ford Ka to find that it`s something to do with the power to the lamps. It should be 10 volts and mine are reading 0.06 volts. Can anyone tell me what it might be, without having to go to an auto electrician?
Submitted: 31/01/2013 14:47:49 | ID: 17759
Hi, my Ford Ka went around a roundabout last night and the left hand side of the back end is now lower than the right side. It went with a bang as well but it`s still driveable. I`m not sure what this could be. Any ideas? Kind regards.
Happened to my daughter’s the day we purchased it. The spring around the rear shock absorber has broken. A small section at the top or bottom has snapped off, which is why the car is lower. It is not the whole spring just about 1 inch possibly. Do not drive the car as the wheel might rub the wheel arch or the opposite site might break as well. Take to garage and ask for genuine Ford springs get both sides replaced - Derek Stevenson from Berkshire
Submitted: 31/01/2013 14:39:11 | ID: 17755
A family member of mine has asked me to have a look at her Ford Ka, T reg 1999 model. It`s just clicked over 56K miles and had the cambelt replaced last year. I have had a quick look over the car, and it seems to run a tad roughly. The thing that got me is that on the inside of the Oil filler is the "Mayo", known to be the bi product of the head gasket failure, but on closer inspection once I had taken the rocker cover off I found that the "mayo" was only in the 1 location where the oil filler cap is, and nowhere else. I had also noticed that the oil filler cap had a breather pipe from the airbox, so I checked in there for water, but found nothing. Condensation maybe? So just to clarify - I found mayo on the inside of the oil filler cap and the inside of the rocker cover where the 2 join each other. The oil on the dipstick shows I ran it for 20 minutes watching for a drop, but there is a breather hose connected from the airbox to the oil cap. Any suggestions? (1.3 Sohc)
On most modern engines it is quite common to get condensation in the breathers and the ’mayo’ emulsion on the filler or even in the breathers. It could be a blocked breather, but is usually because the car does a lot of short journeys and doesn’t warm up fully each time, which would get rid of the condensate. Clean off the cap, and check the breather pipe is not blocked. If the head gasket had gone, you would notice it on the dipstick, possibly inside the rocker cover too. It would also be losing water or would have oil/fuel by products in the header tank - Colin from Kent
Submitted: 31/01/2013 09:08:11 | ID: 17712
After having difficulty driving on a snow covered road my Ford Ka`s ABS light came on and remained on. Can I continue to drive until I can get it to a garage in a day or two?
Submitted: 28/01/2013 08:45:34 | ID: 17648
Hi, the outside temperature displayed on my Ford Ka shows 16 degrees C. It’s snowing outside and is certainly colder than this. Also the ice warning light does not come on if this temperature is wrong. How can I fix this? Thanks.
Submitted: 25/01/2013 14:26:23 | ID: 17641
When the temperature drops below -2 my Ford Ka`s gearbox freezes and I can`t get the gearstick to move. It ’unfreezes’ after 20 minutes of the engine running, but the gears are stiff for at least 20 minutes of driving following ’defrosting’. The dealership say they have never heard of this and are unable to address it because the temperature on the forecourt doesn’t seem to drop below -2 when I leave it overnight with them. Any suggestions?
Less than a year old - am having exactly the same problem. Nightmare - Pete Marley from Leicestershire
Submitted: 24/01/2013 08:53:10 | ID: 17548
Good day, my Ford Ka has recently started ’hunting’ or ’jerking’ lightly after a cold start and driving about 20-40km/h in second or third gear. It disappears slightly after the engine has reached operating temperature but never seems to disappear completely. I took it to the dealer, but they could not find any problems, even a ECU scan reported no problems. Furthermore, my fuel economy became so bad, I only get 350km on a 40L tank. I have replaced the following: Throttle Position Sensor, MAP sensor, Upper and lower oxygen (Lambda) sensors, ignition coil pack plus the ignition leads and spark plugs. I even replaced the catalytic converter at a very costly price. I had the computer reset about 50 times, but still the problem stays. When it idles, it idles perfectly, you can rev it up and the engine stays running perfectly. When idling you can smell the exhaust gases are rich. It`s also got a loss in power and, in 20-30km/h winds, I can hardly reach 120km/h flatout. I`ve had the car for 7 years from new and it was perfect before this happened. Any suggestions, as I`ve spent a lot of money already on sensors etc?
I had the same problem, and the idle seemed fine. I replaced coil, leads, plugs etc but this didn’t help. Took the idle control valve off and sprayed inside with some cleaner, it now runs like new. It didn’t even seem too dirty inside the sensor but a little bit of dirt made a huge difference to the engine - William from Lincolnshire
Submitted: 22/01/2013 11:42:33 | ID: 17542
My Ford Ka`s windscreen wipers front and back have stopped working. I think the fuse has gone. Where can I locate the fuse box? Also is it easy to replace or will I need to take it to a garage? Many thanks. (T reg)
Submitted: 18/01/2013 14:15:10 | ID: 17396
I was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction into removing the whole speedometer unit on my Ford Ka and is it possible to remove the clear plastic fascia in front of the dials? Thank you.
Submitted: 18/01/2013 12:03:22 | ID: 17383
When taking the key out of the ignition of my Ford Ka the engine still runs and after fiddling with the full beam light switch it turns off. Then it won’t start at all when turning the key, just the 3 lights come on and there`s no turn over at all. What`s wrong?
Intermittent issue with your electrics, take to a dealer/garage - SSBee from England
Submitted: 18/01/2013 08:59:07 | ID: 17341
My Ford Ka`s interior light doesn’t come on when I open the door or when I take the key out of the ignition. The light works if I switch it on myself. I have pressed the buttons on the doors to make sure they are not sticking and they are okay. Any ideas? Regards.
Submitted: 15/01/2013 10:37:02 | ID: 17322
The radiator fan on my Ford Ka wasn’t coming on. I checked everything and my dad then replaced the fan relay. The car started with no problem, then the next time we wanted to use the car, it wouldn’t start. The aircon light remains on and the clock light blinks constantly. Any ideas on what to do? When you turn the ignition on the lights come on but when you turn the key to start the car everything goes off and the engine won’t turn over. Please help?
My KA had a similar problem regarding the fan relay that caused the fan to run continiously. It sounds like you should take your KA in to a Ford Dealer to have the computer reset. Or it could be your key, remember, the Ka is fitted with a PATS immoboliser system. If the key’s programming is lost, it would turn the igniton on, but it would not turn over (Start). So my best advice is, take it to a Ford Dealer, definitely either a ECU problem or Immoboliser... Martin van Schalkwyk from South Africa
Submitted: 14/01/2013 11:18:09 | ID: 17286
Hello, I am thinking of selling my Ford Ka but don’t know the engine size - it’s not stamped on the back like a Golf! Can anyone help me if I tell you it’s a W reg and so 12 years old, very basic model ( no cd, no electric windows etc)? Thanks.
Most likely a 1.3 but if you find your log book it will show you in there - Daniel from Hertfordshire
Submitted: 11/01/2013 16:11:43 | ID: 17236
I have a 2009 Ford KA Style+. When I leave my headlights switched on, it makes no beep or warning noise to let me know that I have left them on. Is this normal? If not, can anyone tell me what the problem is?
Submitted: 10/01/2013 09:33:23 | ID: 17193
I wish to use a dog crate in the back of my Ford Ka but the floor level is uneven with the rear seats lowered. Is it possible to purchase a "false floor" to even up the rear to safely accommodate a dog crate? (Zetec)
Submitted: 10/01/2013 08:49:05 | ID: 17167
I have just fitted a new coil pack to my Ford Ka, simple enough to do, and all the leads are in the right possisions, it fired up at first and then knocked off, it will not start now and is making a noise as though only the starter motor is going? Any help?
Submitted: 08/01/2013 14:05:09 | ID: 17128
I need to replace a wing and headlight on my Ford Ka, year 2009. Can the wing and headlight be taken off and how can I do this?
Submitted: 08/01/2013 10:22:43 | ID: 17071
I took my Ford Ka out for a drive. A wee bit into the drive there was a strange noise coming from the undercarriage. I thought at first there were no issues with the car but as I was returning the steering was heavy. When I looked under the car there seems to be some sort of string hanging. What is wrong?
Submitted: 08/01/2013 09:52:52 | ID: 17057
Hi, I have a 2003 (53 reg) sport Ford Ka which has a heated screen that doesn’t work, There is only one button for the rear windscreen and I am assuming the front one works on the same button, but it doesn’t clear the screen. Can anyone tell me where it is connected so I can check all the cables? Also I have the CD6000 Cd player and want to connect a lead for my MP3 - does anyone know if this is possible? Many thanks. (Sport Ka)
Submitted: 07/01/2013 16:12:14 | ID: 17004
I have bought a second-hand Ford Ka and have no owner`s manual. Where is the bonnet release as I need to top up the washer bottle?
Red lever underneath the steering wheel, looks like a column adjust - Dani L from England
You will see a catch, which you need to push in to release the catch - Moira McEwan from Fife and Kinross Shires
Submitted: 07/01/2013 14:18:21 | ID: 16965
When I put on my Ford Ka`s lights I have no dash lights and also no back lights. The dash lights do come on after a while and sometimes the dash lights come on when I switch on my lights so it`s an intermittent problem. Why is it doing this?
Submitted: 07/01/2013 14:00:45 | ID: 16946
My Ford Ka has trouble pulling away and makes really bad revving noises. Even with my foot down it is so slow. What could be wrong?
Sounds like your clutch has gone I`m afraid - Justin Pearson from Norfolk
Clutch slipping? More info please. Adamsetterfield@hotmail.com - Adam Setterfield from Kent
Submitted: 21/12/2012 08:54:09 | ID: 16609
When I fill my Ford Ka`s windscreen reservoir only the back window works but the holes aren’t blocked. Is it a separate reservoir? (Titanium)
Hi, this happened on my old ka, if you look under the bonnet there are two rubber pipes that lead fron the reservoir (you have to take the bottom windscreen protector off- easy job). One goes to the back, the other to the front along the edge of the bonnet, if the pipe to the front is trapped you can just free it and hey presto! If like mine it had a hole, you can go to scrapyard, get one for 50p and change it - easy job if that’s what the problem is - sportka now! from Yorkshire
Submitted: 20/12/2012 10:56:11 | ID: 16572
Where is the ambient temperature sensor on a 59 reg Ford Ka? I had the door mirror replaced and now it does not show a temperature.
Submitted: 20/12/2012 10:28:33 | ID: 16568
Water is not getting through to the rear windscreen of my Ford Ka. The water is full and the jets are not blocked. When I pull the stalk to work it makes the noise that it should and the wipers work but no there`s water coming through. What could be wrong?
Submitted: 18/12/2012 11:24:17 | ID: 16550
My Ford Ka`s rear passenger side floor is absolutely wet through and has not improved since noticing it. I was told there has been a manufacturing fault with the seal. Is this correct and am I covered with Ford as it`s only 3 years 8 months old?
Submitted: 17/12/2012 11:25:26 | ID: 16494
Hi, I need to replace my Ford Ka`s engine protector, the last one broke off. Is it easy to do? Also, there’s a hose hanging down under the front of the car, will this be held up when I replace the engine protector? Thanks.
Submitted: 17/12/2012 11:02:00 | ID: 16487
My Ford Ka Sport has started making a loud ’whistling’ sound. I thought at first it was caused by supernarket fuel and it seemed to stop it when using Texaco, but now it has come back even using that. No warning lights or anything have come up. Has anyone else come up with this problem? (Sport Ka)
Submitted: 14/12/2012 09:56:43 | ID: 16443
Hi, I have a 56 plate Ford Ka style and the dasboard lights and rear lights are not working. Also the warning noise that lets you know that the lights are working does not work. Could anyone please tell me how to put this right? I have checked all fuses on the fuse box on the right hand side of the steering wheel and everything is all okay. Can anyone help please? Cheers.
9 times out of ten this is down to a bad earth. Check in the boot area along back slam panel for brown or black wires bolted to the bodywork. Normally 10mm bolts. Make sure they are tight and in one piece. Also under the dash board look for the same thing also behind plastic trims on the outside edge of both footwells - Si from Essex
Submitted: 14/12/2012 09:05:24 | ID: 16433
My 2001 Ford Ka was overheating today. I had the RAC come out and he topped it up with water and told me I need to drain the water back out and fill it with anti freeze, but I don`t know how I have to drain it? Can anyone help please?
Undo the bottom hose to the radiator and undo header tank lid and allow to empty. When empty flush by pouring warm water first then hot water afterwards to clean through. Then reattach hose and fill system. Always mix antifreeze at a ratio of 3 parts water to 2 parts antifreeze then you will know it is protected for winter - Si from Essex
Submitted: 13/12/2012 14:05:27 | ID: 16395
I am only 5 foot and have to stretch in a Renault Clio to reach the pedals. Will a Ford Ka be small enough for me to be able to reach?
Yes I’m 5 foot too. I just got a KA. It’s good for small people! Comfy! Erin from England
Submitted: 11/12/2012 16:39:34 | ID: 16321
My Ford Ka has no dashboard back light illumination. The fuse which feeds is okay as this also serves the side light and the lights on the buzzer when the door is opened. The speedo and fuel gauges are okay as well and also the dashboard indicators, like the mangement lights, come on okay when turning the ignition on. This is an intermittent fault, but the back lights will come on when driving, not when going over bumps etc. Could this be an earth problem or ECU? Any ideas would be welcome.
Submitted: 11/12/2012 14:23:15 | ID: 16276
I have recently bought a 2012 Ford Ka, and have noticed the engine moves quite a lot on the engine mounts. I would like to ask is this normal?
Submitted: 06/12/2012 10:58:19 | ID: 16143
My Ford Ka will not start on the key, only on a tow. I have changed leads, coil, sensors, crank, sump and plugs and fuel is going through. Any suggestions?
Submitted: 06/12/2012 09:46:06 | ID: 16117
My Ford Ka`s outside temperature sensor has suddenly stopped working. It`s telling me it`s 14 deg out there when it`s about freezing. What could the problem be? (Zetec)
Submitted: 04/12/2012 15:58:08 | ID: 16109
Can anyone tell me if it’s possible to turn off the front passenger airbag in my Ford Ka as I need to occasionally put a car seat on the front seat? My manual seems to say I have to take it to the dealer which seems ludicrous! (Titanium)
Submitted: 30/11/2012 10:20:03 | ID: 15949
Whilst driving the temperature light keeps coming on and my Ford Ka starts jerking, trying to stall, then the light goes off and it runs fine for a few minutes.Any ideas what this could be? (petrol)
Submitted: 26/11/2012 12:41:41 | ID: 15760
My Ford Ka`s tripometer keeps resetting itself. The car runs okay and starts okay, but it seems to reset itself when the engine is switched off. What can I do?
I had the same problem with my 2003 Ford KA collection. Every time I turned the ignition on the trip would reset itself to zero and the speedo fuel dials would sweep. Then one day the engine would not start, the engine would turn over briskly but not fire up. Thinking it was possibly a relay fault I had it transported to my local gararage as you are not allowed to tow in Spain. A diagnostic was carried out which came up with battery fault, I could not believe this as the battery turned the engine over so briskly. However a new battery was fitted and the problem was resolved. I can only summise that a cell was down giving insufficent power output. I hope this is of help - Gerry from Spain
Submitted: 26/11/2012 11:24:33 | ID: 15731
The steering wheel lock on my Ford Ka has stopped working. I’ve managed to turn the wheel all the way to the left and right but it still won’t lock. How can I fix it?
Same happened to my car. Try pushing gently on the locking barrel after you remove the key while slightly moving the steering wheel. Just gradual presses on the locking barrel seems to work on my car... you will feel it click. Hope it works for you - James Barr from Cambridgeshire
Submitted: 26/11/2012 11:21:12 | ID: 15729
My Ford Ka won`t turn on and there are no lights on the dashboard either, just no power at all. Please can anyone help?
Sounds like a classic flat battery :) Vicci from Buckinghamshire
Submitted: 22/11/2012 11:29:42 | ID: 15629
I have a Ford KA 56 Style and the back light on the speedometer keeps going on and off every 5 minutes. The digit display is lit but this is not very helpful at night when I can’t read the speedometer. Please could anyone help? Thanks. (Style)
Submitted: 22/11/2012 10:51:15 | ID: 15616
Hi, when I start my 04 1.3 Ford Ka in the morning the engine is revving too high. This continues while I drive it through gear changes and braking etc and lasts for about 20 minutes. When I drive it later on the revs are back to normal. It has been like this for the last two weeks. Please can anyone help as it will not stop? Thanks.
Try disconnecting the battery for 1 hour then reconnect. But make sure you have your radio code first - Steve Kenney from Dorset
Your "idle control valve" needs to be cleaned. If you open the bonnet, on the front of the air intake plenum there is a small valve secured with two bolts and an electric plug, remove the valve and clean it with carburetor cleaner which can be bought at any motor spares outlet spray into both holes on the valve move the poppet valve in side with a screwdriver to ensure it moves this should sort the problem out - Rob from Devon
Submitted: 20/11/2012 09:24:52 | ID: 15563
I have soapy bubbles coming though the carpet on the floor of the left hand side of the rear passenger side of my Ford Ka. What could this be? (Style)
Sounds like your heater matrix is leaking - Chris Norton from Suffolk
Submitted: 15/11/2012 09:26:16 | ID: 15356
Hi, I have just taken the central locking out of my Ford Ka 2 boot that stopped working but it`s another story. I have now noticed that the tail lights are not working. All others, brakes, indicators, reverse work but not the tail. Could this just be the bulbs or wiring? Any help welcome, thank you.
Submitted: 12/11/2012 16:09:12 | ID: 15308
Hi, the orange tap shape light came on in my 04 plate Ford Ka and it’s not running very well. It slows down and shudders going up hills. Any idea what’s wrong?
Submitted: 12/11/2012 15:32:46 | ID: 15294
I have gone through a large puddle on the road and now my Ford Ka`s engine light has come on and the car is not running well. Will this sort itself out when it has dried out?
Submitted: 05/11/2012 11:10:34 | ID: 15038
Hello, I have just bought a 2002 Ford Ka Luxury. It has no owner`s manual and I am trying locate one. Any ideas would be great as I am trying to see if you can brighten the dashboard where the speedo is located? (Luxury)
Submitted: 05/11/2012 09:11:41 | ID: 15006
Hello. Is it possible to fit audio controls (next to the steering wheel) on my Ford Ka if it hasn’t come factory fitted? Thanks.
Submitted: 02/11/2012 09:52:50 | ID: 14981
The engine management light has just started to stay on all the time in my Ford Ka. The car seems to be driving okay. Any idea what it might be?
Submitted: 25/10/2012 10:08:26 | ID: 14738
The v belt on my Ford Ka keeps on tearing off, bit by bit and then leaves me stranded. What causes the problem and how do I fix it?
Submitted: 22/10/2012 15:41:13 | ID: 14685
Hi. I have a Ford Ka 2003 petrol 1124CC. I need a new battery, the one I`ve got is dead. It`s a 12 volt, but my mum has a new one out of her Ford Fiesta which is a 12 volt. Would I be able to use this one? Thanks.
Hi, the fiesta battery is fine for the Ka. Most vehicles nowadays use 12v batteries. The ka can use a 36ah or 40ah battery - Kobus Hamse from South Africa
Submitted: 22/10/2012 15:33:07 | ID: 14681
The head gasket on my Ford Ka has recently been replaced. Would the exhaust have to have been removed to do this?
Submitted: 18/10/2012 12:26:59 | ID: 14555
I have a problem with the rear demist on my wife`s Ford Ka. There are 12 volts at the terminals on the window but the element doesn`t clear the window. Any clues?
Submitted: 11/10/2012 15:37:52 | ID: 14319
When I put on the dimmed lights of my Ford Ka they seem almost non-existent. I had it into the garage and they told me it is the make of the lights and it would not pass it`s MOT in it`s present condition. Has anybody else had this problem?
Submitted: 02/10/2012 08:35:53 | ID: 14115
My Ford Ka has a problem with the fuel gauge so I do not know from the dash read out how full the tank is. I have run out of fuel in the past and had a costly bill to get it running again. I did have another issue with the instrument cluster that I thought was part of the problem and now have a new one fitted by a Ford dealer, but the problem still persists. What could the problem be and how would I fix that? Thanks.
Have you tried just doing a full oil change with some decent oil? Worked with mine, used that triple r stuff - sportka now from Yorkshire
Submitted: 24/09/2012 14:56:01 | ID: 13911
The standard radio of my Ford Ka is making a beeping sound when I switch it on. This happens only in summer and in winter it stops. Can anyone tell me what is wrong with my radio please? Thanks.
Submitted: 24/09/2012 09:36:39 | ID: 13883
I have purchased a Ford Ka recently and keep hearing a clicking noise from the dashboard. I also have a squeaking on the right hand side front of the car and the heating doesn`t work. Can anyone give me any advice please?
Submitted: 17/09/2012 09:54:21 | ID: 13628
Does anyone know how much it is to replace the windscreen on a Ford Ka, or repair a chip? Thanks.
I literally just paid £70 though AA. Bloody thing is overheating now and I can’t drive it - Natalie Bates from England
Submitted: 17/09/2012 08:50:04 | ID: 13614
Does water run though the inlet manifold of my Ford Ka?
Submitted: 14/09/2012 15:46:51 | ID: 13612
Hi. I changed the driver`s side rear wheel bearing on my Ford Ka. I had to take off the hub and put other bearing in. I`ve done it all correctly but now the abs warning light is on. Wat have I done wrong or what can I do to get the light off?
Submitted: 13/09/2012 11:46:23 | ID: 13518
My wife’s Ford Ka`s driver’s side seat back won’t go down. Any ideas?
Submitted: 11/09/2012 14:27:46 | ID: 13472
Hiya, I`ve got a 04 plate Ford Ka. sport. Recently I had a new alternator and battery fitted but the battery light appears when it`s raining and since having the alternator fitted my heaters constantly blow out hot air. Could they be linked?
Submitted: 07/09/2012 12:05:15 | ID: 13320
HI, I am writing on behalf of my neighbour who has just bought a new Ford Ka and has asked for help. When he turns on his car he only has three things on the digital display. - H, a number and the time underneath. This is not like the standard display that it says we should be seeing with mileage done etc. Is this model specific or is there indeed a problem? I have pressed the Menu Esc button and have set speed warning buzz etc but he just wants to now see a standard display as per the manual. Can anyone help?
Submitted: 04/09/2012 12:45:13 | ID: 13197
I have noticed when driving that my Ford Ka`s steering appears loose and I felt that the car wasn’t stable. I thought it was the wind but there is no wind this morning. Will it be safe enough to drive to the garage 3 miles away?
Submitted: 03/09/2012 14:47:27 | ID: 13149
Hi. I just bought my Ford Ka 2008 and would like to know if I can set the remote control somehow to make a beep sound when I am locking the car with it? The lights are flashing but I would like to hear a sound to make sure the car is locked and couldn`t find it in the handbook. Thanks.
Submitted: 31/08/2012 16:30:06 | ID: 13080
Hi. My daughter has an ’X’ Reg Ford Ka only bought from a dealership last week. We’ve noticed that on the driver`s side,the headlight has condensation on it that hasn’t disappeared. Is this bad? Does the headlight need replacing? Also we can’t seem to get the rear windscreen wiper to work. What could this be?
Submitted: 31/08/2012 09:50:54 | ID: 13021
Hello. My Ford Ka seems to be running as if there is no petrol although the tank is half full. I went through a lot of rainwater the other evening (friday night). My oil levels are fine, the engine light is showing and there is a loud low humming from the car that I haven’t heard before. The engine light FLASHES when speed is increased. A friend of the family who deals with Ford cars said it sounds like there is water in/around the spark plugs and suggested WD40 to remove moisture. However he also said this would have an immediate effect and so far no luck. Does anyone have any suggestions before I take the car to a mechanic? Many thanks in advance.
Submitted: 30/08/2012 14:58:50 | ID: 12972
The engine management warning light on my Ford Ka 1.6 Sport has come on. I recently put Shell v power petrol in it. Could this be the reason why the light has come on? (sport 1.6)
Submitted: 30/08/2012 14:19:15 | ID: 12961
Hi. My Ford Ka`s heater is only blowing out hot-air, even when turned down. Does anyone know how to fix this? Thanks.
There is a heater tap in the heater water supply pipes at the bulk head behind the engine which is controlled by a little electric motor and this normally packs up. Replace and recheck it. Sometimes the electrical supply to the motor is not there so you need a multimeter to see if the wiring side of things is okay - Grahame Castle from Northamptonshire
Submitted: 30/08/2012 12:43:41 | ID: 12950
I want to change the stereo in my Ford Ka and will need a new fascia. On the read up for fascia replacements it says that it will fit a Ka 1.0i or a 1.3i. My Ka is a 1999 1299cc Ka. Will one of these fascias fit my car?
Yes, 1.3l is the same really as 1299cc. So one that is for 1.3l will fit your car - Sitara from Hertfordshire
Submitted: 28/08/2012 15:57:12 | ID: 12874
Which fuse is which in the fuse box on my Ford Ka? I need to locate the one for the headlights.
Submitted: 24/08/2012 15:46:03 | ID: 12808
How do I release the ’locking clips’ on the rear brake light bulb cradle of my Ford Ka? I’ve managed to remove the complete back light unit, as directed in the manual, but now I can`t get into the bulb unit to replace the bulb.
Submitted: 21/08/2012 12:30:55 | ID: 12643
How do I open the bonnet on my Ford Ka?
Behind the steering wheel is a clip that you pull towards you, then under the hood at the front is another clip that slides to the left - Dann C from England
Underneath the steering wheel is a bit that you pull. Once you have pulled that your bonnet would have slightly lifted. If you look or feel inside the middle of the bonnet there is a yellow catch which you pull (left or right, can`t remember off top of head but think left) you can then lift it - Sarah from England
Submitted: 17/08/2012 12:04:26 | ID: 12497
A yellow light has appeared where my revs show on the dashboard of my Ford Ka. What does this mean and is it serious?
Submitted: 17/08/2012 11:54:09 | ID: 12494
Hi, on a Ford Ka can you buy the power steering pipe section for under the wheel arch separate?
Submitted: 16/08/2012 15:43:02 | ID: 12438
When I drive over 70mph (motorway) my car beeps! Any idea why? Thanks.
I’ve just bought a KA, and if you have a manual you’ll find that you can set the computer to beep over a speed you can select from 30 mph. You should be getting a message flashing on the instrument panel stating "speed limit exceeded". The idea being you set your own speed limit. I’ve set mine at 30 mph as I often find myself going past cameras at 35-40 in a 30 mph area. You can, of course, switch this feature off if you want. Does this solve your query? Bob Allen from Warwickshire
Submitted: 14/08/2012 14:59:50 | ID: 12372
My Ford Ka seems to get very hot inside, particularly when driving on the motorway, even though the temperature is on cold. It even blows hot air, what could be causing this problem or is this normal with all Ka’s with them being small cars. It gets really uncomfortable with the heat even on cold days.
Submitted: 08/08/2012 14:45:44 | ID: 12328
Hi. Does anyone know how many miles will my Ford Ka 1998 1.3 Litre do on a full tank of petrol?
Submitted: 27/07/2012 10:39:03 | ID: 12128
My Ford Ka`s ignition light keeps coming on then it goes off, especially when going downhill. It starts fine and all electrics are working. Should I be driving it? (sport ka.)
Submitted: 26/07/2012 14:05:24 | ID: 12086
Hi, could anyone please tell me how much it would cost for the rubber pipe that connects to the radiator with fitting included on my Ford Ka?
Submitted: 24/07/2012 12:48:33 | ID: 12000
My Ford Ka`s heater was working fine until my boyfriend changed the stereo. I don’t know if it is connected but now my heater will only blow hot air on occasions. Please can anyone help?
You may have wired it to the heater wire behind the sterio... ask him - Azza P from England
Submitted: 16/07/2012 15:47:24 | ID: 11876
My Ford Ka`s engine light came on then went back off but water is coming from the exhaust, why should this be?
Submitted: 06/07/2012 16:12:28 | ID: 11651
Hi there, when my partner starts and drives her Ford Ka there is a lot of engine noise coming through the driver`s air vent by the driver`s door. The pollen filters are all in place. Any ideas as to what is causing this and how to stop it?
Submitted: 06/07/2012 14:36:08 | ID: 11636
My Ford Ka`s speedometer on my dashboard has stopped working. Is there a fuse for it and if so what`s it`s location and symbol on the fuseboard? Thanks.
Submitted: 05/07/2012 17:22:53 | ID: 11613
Can anyone tell me which relay switch is for which fuse, as my dim lights, rear lights and my dashboard lights in my 2006 Ford Ka won`t come on?
Most probably the cause for this will be the light switch itself. With the ignition set at pos 0 if none of the side lights work (front & rear) I would try a switch - Andy from England
Submitted: 02/07/2012 15:47:01 | ID: 11565
Hi. Both of my Ford Ka`s front electric windows are not working. Any ideas please?
Submitted: 02/07/2012 12:10:29 | ID: 11545
The engine management light came on in my 2004 Ford Ka but it still seemed to be running okay. A few days later I tried to start it and it sort of fired up for a second but cut straight out again, so I tried it again but it just didn`t sound right. The local garage said that they ran a test on it and it came up as the fault being the camshaft sensor. Does this sound about right?
Submitted: 28/06/2012 14:30:25 | ID: 11473
Where is the radiator located in the engine of my Ford Ka?
Submitted: 19/06/2012 11:00:14 | ID: 11274
Hi there. I want to buy a black 1999 plate Ford Ka which has done 104,000 miles and has an MOT until 03/2013. What normally starts to go wrong with a Ford Ka when it has been driven more than 100,000 miles?
I`ve had my Ka 05 plate for seven years, now at 65,000 mileage , even though it’s cheap to run , repair bills can be a lot even for the little Ka. Light bulbs are a problem, you`re forever changing them and the headlamps are a nightmare. Check for rust, especially the fuel filler cap, sills, doors, practically everywhere as it`s poorly put together - Suze from Derbyshire
Submitted: 18/06/2012 10:45:01 | ID: 11240
I changed my Ford Ka`s rocker cover gasket as it had a leak, but now the car chuggs and mis-fires running on 3 cyclinders and the engine management light is lit up on the dashboard. Any suggestions?
Submitted: 11/06/2012 11:33:19 | ID: 11102
My Ford Ka has an engine warning light which has come on but there seems to be no fault. What could be the most likely problem that there is? (1.3 collection)
Mine came on a year ago and it was the central heater and thermastat. Cost me £70- Suze from Derbyshire
Submitted: 07/06/2012 15:16:19 | ID: 11014
I left my Ford Ka`s lights on and I tried to jump start it but it is still totally dead. Has a fuse gone or do I need to buy a new battery?
Submitted: 07/06/2012 14:26:22 | ID: 10992
I filled up my Ford Ka`s engine coolant yesterday as it was nearly empty. However, I checked it again today and it is almost empty again. Any thoughts?
I dont know if it might help but I had a similar problem, where my water bottle kept emptying each day even after I filled it up. I found out I had a hole at the bottom of it... so do you think you might have a hole somewhere? Leila Hassan from England
I had same problem with my girl`s car, turned out to be the heater control valve under the front wiper housing. Apparently these become brittle and start to break up leading to small leaks, cost about £20 .no problems since!!! - Robert Meacham from Caerphilly
Submitted: 07/06/2012 11:55:18 | ID: 10956
I filled up my Ford Ka`s engine coolant yesterday as it was nearly empty. However, I checked it again today and it is almost empty again. Any thoughts?
Same thing happened to me - it just cost me £170 to have a new thermostat housing part fitted :( Nic Talbot from England
Submitted: 07/06/2012 11:54:39 | ID: 10955
My Ford Ka has blown a fuse in the inside fuse box whick takes out the battery, so I have no ignition and the lights have all gone. It was number 17 which has a battery symbol. What could have caused this?
Submitted: 31/05/2012 10:18:19 | ID: 10848
What is the button on the dashboard of my Ford Ka with an A and an arrow around the A for? I can`t find it in the handbook. Any suggestions?
I have this too and it means that your model is fitted with the Stop/Start option. Look on the dashboard and you will see the A button there which is illuminated on the screen when activated and comes up in red next to the gear shift indicators to say you should be using the option. My Ka is just two weeks old - Val Pacey from France
It’s the Stop/Start function button. Suggest you trial it to get used to it as you think the engine has died. With this function the engine cuts out automatically when you stop, say at traffic lights to cut the emissions and stop fuel waste. You simply press on the clutch and it re-starts the motor again. It also lights up on the trip computer next to the indication light to change gear to say you should be using the system. It’s well described in the handbook and when I bought my Ka two weeks ago the lady in charge of new deliveries spent half an hour going over everything with me as is the policy here. I have the 2012 Titanium model - Val Pacey from France
Submitted: 24/05/2012 10:57:02 | ID: 10698
I have a noise like a ringing/howling which appears to be coming from the nearside rear wheel of my Ford Ka. It only happens when I`m driving about 20 miles and the engine gets warm. I have dropped it quickly into the garage who said that it`s not the wheel bearings. When it`s cool there is no sound to be heard. This is probably not related but I heard this noise on Friday and then saw that water was pouring out from underneath the car. I had a new expansion tank on the radiator fitted on Monday and all`s okay there now. Please can anyone advise me?
I have the same problem :( no idea what is it. Did u find out? Laura Coles from Hampshire
Hi, yes I did find out what it was, it was my handbreak cable rubbing on the back wheel! Sue Wiiliams from Monmouthshire
Submitted: 17/05/2012 11:16:42 | ID: 10562
My Ford Ka`s heater will only give hot air even on the cold setting and it is very hot. Can anyone help me?
Same thing happened to my 2006 plate, also had blue smoke coming out of air vents. Dealership fitted a new heater valve, also managed to re-wire it incorrectly. Eventually got it sorted - S L from Yorkshire
Submitted: 14/05/2012 11:09:10 | ID: 10472
My 1.3 04 Ford Ka has been a nightmare for overheating. After replacing the thermostat, water pump, header tank and fan temperature switch it seemed to be fine. Three months on and I have the same problem but worse. I have no water in my oil, or any other main signs of head gasket failure, but I thought that maybe there were some airlocks or blockages in the system or radiator. I bought an almost new radiator from a local broker`s. When I got it home I noticed that it has a third outlet/hose, unlike mine. What is the third outlet for? I also have bubbles in my header tank and a mud-like substance on the inner walls. I`m hoping that it`s a blockage in the system but think it could be a cooked head. Can anyone help me?
Submitted: 10/05/2012 12:55:40 | ID: 10392
Is it true that the back box on a Ford Ka has a hole drilled in it to let the water out?
Submitted: 08/05/2012 16:02:24 | ID: 10333
My Ford Ka shudders a lot when I lift the clutch to move off and changing gear is really difficult. It needs considerable force to change gears. Does anyone have any idea why?
I had the same problem with my 09 reg which had clocked up 14,500 miles, I took it to an independant garage and the mechanic told me the gear cables had corroded and they had to be replaced. I was also told it had a Fiat engine which I was unaware of, if I had wanted a Fiat I would have purchased one! Liz Duffield from Norfolk
The Fiat 500 engine has been a success. Great build quality, Your Ka also uses the gearbox, chassis, and engine from the Fiat 500. Regards - Martyn Coulbeck from England
Submitted: 03/05/2012 11:00:23 | ID: 10256
My 1.3 Ford Ka keeps sticking in a gear mainly at traffic lights, junctions, roundabouts etc. I have had the brake fluid bottle changed as it was leaking and the brakes checked and bled, but the problem is still going on. Has anybody got any idea what else it could be?
Submitted: 02/05/2012 10:17:34 | ID: 10236
Can anyone advise what is wrong with my Ford Ka Sport? I recently had a problem with my car where I was about to go up a hill and it made an awful grinding noise and felt as if my engine was scraping on the floor. I took it to a mechanic where I was told that the problem was the driveshaft. This was then changed and in less than a mile of driving the same thing happened, but I do not now know what is causing it. Can anyone help please?
Submitted: 26/04/2012 10:25:08 | ID: 10106
Hi. I’ve just bought a Ford Ka and whenever the engine is on the rear window wiper is constantly going. The previous owner has snapped it off because of this so there is only the bottom part of the wiper moving back and forwards. I am unable to twist the indicator to turn it off. What could be the problem?
Could be a faulty wiper motor or bad wiring. Not an expensive part. 10-15 quid, try europartsUK. Joe from Yorkshire
Submitted: 23/04/2012 14:31:17 | ID: 10040
Hi there. I need a new heater control panel for my Ford Ka, part number vp97kp19a522bb. I have looked on eBay and there are two panels there which are exactly the same, but the last 2 letters are either bj or bk. Are they still the same panel?
Submitted: 19/04/2012 14:53:24 | ID: 9935
When I drive at a high speed (most of the time) my Ford Ka suddenly loses power, as if I put my foot on the brake and then it starts to get power again and sprints forward. Can anyone help please?
Submitted: 19/04/2012 12:57:49 | ID: 9923
I want to purchase a space saver spare wheel and jack set for my Ford Ka but Ford are very expensive. Where is the best place to get them from? (Edge)
Try a Scrapyard or Breakers as many are known. There may be a Right Off Car in their yard which has these parts available. If not check eBay, but read it carefully and double check the spare wheel size required from your info book - Max Boyce from Bridgend
Try looking for a Fiat 500 as I have been told the space saver spare wheel and jack kit is the same as the Ford Ka - Ian Hill from Somerset
Submitted: 13/04/2012 09:47:08 | ID: 9749
I was driving my T reg Ford Ka when suddenly the gears seemed to stick, it was as if something was blocking them going into position. They were perfectly fine and then I got stuck at traffic lights and when trying to get into 1st gear from neutral they stuck. I parked up and left it for a few minutes, then tried again, put it into reverse and now it`s fine. Any ideas? (Manual.)
Submitted: 10/04/2012 16:46:30 | ID: 9649
I was driving my T-reg Ford Ka when suddenly the gears seemed to stick. It was like something was blocking them going into position. They were perfectly fine then got stuck at traffic lights and when trying to get into 1st gear from neutral, they stuck. Any ideas? I parked up left it for a few minutes tried again, put it into reverse and now is fine. Very strange.
Submitted: 04/04/2012 09:26:12 | ID: 9525
Hi, does anyone know how to check the VIN number?
Should find plate in engine compartment with vin number stamped on it - Donald Utton from Kent
Look through windscreen you’ll see a chssis plate down by dash. Check the fan belt and make sure all the pulleys rotate freely - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 02/04/2012 10:10:24 | ID: 9498
I recently bought a 1997 Ford Ka with no stereo. I then purchased a 2000 Ford Ka stereo and realised it has no hazard warning light. Is it possible to fit the hazard warning switch into this stereo?
Submitted: 30/03/2012 11:50:56 | ID: 9441
Hey, my boyfriend just rang me. He’s had to pull over as his front exhaust is sparking and hitting the road as he drove. Does anyone know roughly how much its going cost to fix? AA are towing him home as he’s got full cover but he’s panicking as he’s only been driving for a month now.
Submitted: 30/03/2012 09:09:30 | ID: 9429
Does the 2001 basic Ka have 2 door speakers? It seems there’s only 1 in mine and the garage said they thinks you only get 1 speaker in the basic model. Is this true? Before I take the door off to find out...
Submitted: 29/03/2012 08:22:41 | ID: 9409
Hi. My boyfriend has had to pull over because his Ford Ka`s front exhaust is sparking and hitting the road as he drove. The AA are towing him home because he`s got full cover but he`s panicking because he`s only been driving for a month now. Does anyone know roughly how much it`s going to cost to fix?
Submitted: 27/03/2012 14:15:55 | ID: 9368
I have a Ford Ka which rattles when idling. As soon as you touch the accelerator peddle the rattle goes away. There is no rattling when driving and it drives really well. Does anyone have any ideas? (1.3)
Check your oil level maybe, also check engine mount screws - LJ B from England
Submitted: 23/03/2012 11:06:23 | ID: 9302
I have a problem with the internal lights of my Ford Ka not working at night. Specifically the head unit, speedometer, fuel gauge and the AC controls. None of it illuminates so I have no idea of the speed. Any ideas?
Submitted: 22/03/2012 12:31:11 | ID: 9281
Hi. My electric windows on my Ford Ka have stopped working and my central locking is sluggish. I have checked the fuses and all of them are okay. I have been told it could be a relay switch but don`t know which one. Can anyone please help? Thanks. (Sport Ka 1600cc)
Submitted: 20/03/2012 09:35:06 | ID: 9196
I have an 02 plate Ford Ka and the electric windows are not working. I have checked the fuse and that seems fine. What could be the problem and how much would it cost to fix? It seems to be sluggish as well?
Submitted: 20/03/2012 09:17:37 | ID: 9193
Hi. I have a Ford KA, 1.25 Studio. A warning light has come on showing a steering wheel and an apostrophe next to it. I used to get this light when it was cold so I thought the fluid was just frozen, but the light came on today as well and it`s rather warm today. Is there anything I can do to correct this or do I have to take it into the dealer`s? I hope you can help as this has me quite concerned? (1.25 Studio)
Submitted: 19/03/2012 17:19:13 | ID: 9191
The exclamation light on my Ford Ka keeps coming on. Could anyone tell me why?
Check your brake fluid is full to maximum. I recently had the same thing and it was a loose clip that holds the pipe in place from the brake fluid reservoir. Do get it checked by a professional as it could also be an indication that your brakes need looking at (brake fluid does not just disappear!) - Ruth from Middlesex
Submitted: 15/03/2012 09:38:13 | ID: 9051
How do I change the bulbs on the instrumental panel for the heater controls on my Ford Ka?
Submitted: 13/03/2012 11:36:51 | ID: 9015
When I put the clutch in on my Ford Ka it rattles. If I take the clutch out it stops. I have changed the clutch and release bearing but it is still the same. Any advice please? (1.3)
Submitted: 13/03/2012 09:58:01 | ID: 8986
My missus’s Ford Ka thermostat needs changing. Any help of how to remove the air box without breaking any clips so I can get to this? Thanks. (1.3 Duractec)
Submitted: 08/03/2012 08:06:12 | ID: 8859
The engine on my Ford Ka has not got full power. It is running but seems lumpy - do you think it is the egr valve? If so, where is it on this car? (Duratek)
Submitted: 06/03/2012 16:03:11 | ID: 8799
I have a rattle behind the dashboard on my Ford Ka, under the radio. How do you get the front panels off so I can have a look? I have tried but I’m worried I’m going to break something...
Submitted: 28/02/2012 09:07:27 | ID: 8639
The first time I start my Ford Ka my number 17 fuse blows and then, for the rest of the day, it is OK until the following day and the same happens. Can anyone help me please?
Submitted: 24/02/2012 14:54:41 | ID: 8565
Does my 54 plate 1,300 Ford Ka have a timing belt or a chain? If it has a belt when does this need to be changed?
A 54 plate 1.3L Ka has a timing chain and there is no manufacturers interval for replacement - Isaac from Yorkshire
It has a chain - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 23/02/2012 14:05:20 | ID: 8522
If I buy a Ford steering wheel with control buttons for the radio will the wiring be there for me to connect into? (Titanium)
Submitted: 22/02/2012 10:52:11 | ID: 8512
Hi there, I’ve got to have the universal ball joint replaced on my KA (it has an airbag in the steering wheel). After spending £600 on getting brushes and arms replaced so it passed its MOT I am going to be charged £450 to do this. Does this sound reasonable and if so is it worth spending that amount when the car is probably only worth £800. Is this the start of problems...
Submitted: 21/02/2012 15:20:31 | ID: 8470
Where is the slave cylinder located on the 1997 Ford Ka?
Top of the clutch pedal - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 15/02/2012 09:44:18 | ID: 8256
Hey, I have a KA and the radio doesn’t seem to work. It comes on but I just can’t hear anything. I’ve checked the fuse, took the door panel off to check the speakers - they are fine. I just don’t know what to do about it, can anyone suggest something? Many thanks.
New stereo? - Martin Jones from Essex
My daughter has the same problem, stereo comes on search for stations all fine just no sound. I checked if the speakers were plugged all okay. I plugged in my stereo from my car that I know works but still the same stereo is on all lit up but still no sound. So just changing your stereo might not get rid of the problem? I am now going to check wiring for breaks? Is there a fuse for the speakers? - Dave Standing from Kent
Hi I had the same problem. You need a little part, might be with the stereo. Take it to Halfords, they should point you in the right direction as they sorted mine. Doesn’t cost a lot for it roughly £5, sorry I don’t know what it’s called - Kylie from Newport
Submitted: 13/02/2012 10:25:14 | ID: 8173
I have a Ford Ka 2 but it’s started to stall when I’m at traffic lights or slowing down... Does anyone now what might be wrong with it? It’s driving me mad!
Remove and clean the electronic idle control valve with carburettor cleaner. Also make sure you haven’t got an air leak - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 06/02/2012 11:41:47 | ID: 7951
How much petrol does my 2003 Ford Ka have in reserve, after the petrol light comes on? Thank you.
Submitted: 03/02/2012 16:14:59 | ID: 7938
Does anyone know how I can higher the steering wheel in my Ford Ka please? As when I’m driving I can’t see my speed properly... I’ve tried the lever underneath it but that is for my bonnet... If someone can help me I would really appreciate it... Thank you.
I have a KA also, unfortunately you can’t. I suggest sitting on something to make you sit higher - Harriet from Wiltshire
Submitted: 01/02/2012 20:35:51 | ID: 7897
Hello, when I put my Ford Ka into gear it’s fine but then in every gear at approx 3000-4000 revs there is no power, the engine just revs over. Is this a clutch issue? Thanks.
Hi yes, it sounds as if your clutch is slipping! - Andy Marl from Durham
Submitted: 31/01/2012 14:20:34 | ID: 7847
A friend has added water to the ABS coolant instead of topping up the normal water. Is the car safe to drive what should I do?
Submitted: 31/01/2012 10:53:35 | ID: 7821
I have been charging my Ford Ka’s battery and now, after reconnecting it, the alarm comes on when unlocking the door. How do I re-set it? Thanks.
Submitted: 26/01/2012 10:02:46 | ID: 7688
My Ford Ka’s oil filler cap will not come off! What trick am I missing as I don’t have the hand book?
Try pushing the oil cap directly down to ease the pressure before the twisting motion. Rather than just try and unscrew the cap. This should ease the pressure on the cap - Max Boyce from Bridgend
Submitted: 25/01/2012 15:45:29 | ID: 7659
My Ford Ka overheats while idling after I had replaced the head gasket but now the water bottle is leaking. If I replace the water bottle and the cylinder head will it still overheat? Or is there anything else I need to look at that might be the reason for overheating? (1.3)
If you have a leak, the coolant won’t stay pressurised and will cause it to boil. Fix the leak first and see how it the temp is - Steve from Scotland
Replace expansion bottle cap - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 25/01/2012 15:29:01 | ID: 7650
The Ka starts OK but pinks particularly on cold mornings. It is particularly noticeable when going up hills. There is also a smell of petrol outside of the vehicle. The problems get better (ie less noticeable) as the engine warms up but they do not disappear, particularly going up hills. Any ideas what is wrong? (A9B1)
Submitted: 25/01/2012 08:39:12 | ID: 7639
I need the pin code on my Ford Ka’s radio as it is locked, how do I get this free of charge?
Mine was on the back of the radio. Take it out carefully using special keys then pull it out and there is a 4 digit code somewhere on the back - Alice from England
Submitted: 20/01/2012 09:59:31 | ID: 7438
I have just bought a Ford Ka and on the left hand-side on the dashboard, next to the speedo, a single yellow snowflake light has appeared, does anyone know what this is? (Zetec)
Yellow snowflake means possible icy roads, red snowflake means there will be ice on the roads. Works on the outside temperature - Tom from Surrey
Submitted: 19/01/2012 11:01:22 | ID: 7402
Hi. My Ford Ka shudders when I pull away in first on a hill, OK on the flat, just on a slope. Any ideas? Clutch seems fine otherwise no problem changing gear etc. Thanks.
My KA did the same, found out it was the oxygen sensor - Jasmine from England
Submitted: 10/01/2012 11:19:44 | ID: 7222
Hi. When I pull away in first on a upward slope the car shudders, almost as if something is slipping, before it will pull away. No problems in reverse or on the flat, just an upward slope. Any ideas what it could be and how much it’s likely to cost? Thanks.
Submitted: 10/01/2012 08:52:15 | ID: 7198
We have a 2002 1.3 KA collection. Recently 1 rear side light stopped working. I checked the bulb, that was fine. But now both rear side lights are not working and also both front side lights. All bulbs tested and are OK. There is a voltage supply at the fuse box when the stalk switch is operated, but no voltage at either rear bulb holder? Any ideas?
Submitted: 09/01/2012 19:59:09 | ID: 7189
My Ford Ka had a problem with the starter, but I did not replace it as I did not have the money to do so, now the car can’t start unless you push it and all the warning lights come on at the same time (abs, battery, airbags) the speedometer. I also lose power and then it comes back on. Tonight, when we push started it started but as soon as we put the lights on the car died, and we now struggle to just get the car to idle. Can someone please tell me what the problem can be and how to fix it as I don’t have money to go to the dealership :(
Submitted: 09/01/2012 19:56:21 | ID: 7188
I recently bought a set of locks from a Ford Fiesta with the intention of fitting them into my ford Ka. When I bought them I was told they would fit, but I went to the garage and they fitted the door locks but they told me the boot locks are different and so they wont be able to replace it. Is this true or have I been lied to?
Submitted: 09/01/2012 10:01:48 | ID: 7153
All the dials cut out and the lights go dim then they come back on but it does it randomly. Is it the earth cable which is loose. If so, where is it?
Submitted: 05/01/2012 16:14:16 | ID: 7095
Hi, can anybody help? My Ford Ka showed a yellow warning light and was shuddering. I was advised by a Ford garage that I needed a new clutch and a bearing in the gear box. This was repaired only 8 days ago but the warning light is now showing and my Ka has now cut out totally and has been towed to the garage today. The garage has suggested a new sensor fitting but they think it may be the main ECU which is too expensive to repair. Do you think it is just the sensor or another problem? They did their diagnosis test and cannot be sure? Please help. Thanks.
Nothing mechanical will put engine management light on, sounds very much like the Ford garage. Don’t know what they’re on about, get it code read at a decent independent garage then ask for your money back for clutch etc. - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 05/01/2012 14:06:02 | ID: 7078
Hi. I have a Ford Ka Collection 2001 which has had very few problems over the years. However, in the last few months the FM radio signal cuts out on all stations, to become ’fuzzy’. This is intermittent, and sometimes the stations will stay on for 5 -10 minutes with full signal, before going off for the rest of the day. I tried fitting a new aerial and this did not solve the problem. I also checked the cables at the back of the radio in case something had come loose, all of which are secure on the unit. Has anyone experienced anything like this before and can offer advice for a solution? Thanks in advance.
Submitted: 31/12/2011 13:08:25 | ID: 6965
The rear window demister on my Ford Ka has stopped working - has anyone else experienced this and knows of a fix?
Fuse blown - A` B from London
Submitted: 23/12/2011 12:19:58 | ID: 6836
The front and back wiper aren’t working on my Ford Ka. I have checked the F16 fuse and put a new blue 15 fuse in but they are still not working. What could be the problem?
Submitted: 22/12/2011 08:30:03 | ID: 6808
How do you open a Ford Ka’s bonnet when it is stuck on the first lock? The latch inside the car is working.
Pull the cable inside car with a pair of pliers - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 21/12/2011 10:29:46 | ID: 6801
Upon ignition all engine management lights come on except indicators and headlights. The dashboard doesn’t illuminate. only the mileometer. I have changed all the relevant fuses. I have also removed the dashboard to replace two small bulbs. I have also replaced the indicator and light stalk but the problem still exists. All lights work outside of the car. Can anyone help?
Submitted: 19/12/2011 09:58:11 | ID: 6692
There is a button, on the dash that is a circular arrow with an "A" inside. What does this button do? If this feature is used my engine cuts out when idling? Can you supply a page from the handbook as it is not in the one supplied with the car. Many thanks. (Edge)
Submitted: 12/12/2011 08:28:37 | ID: 6501
The side lights on my Ford Ka are not working - all the other lights are OK - registration lights OK, bulbs OK. Does anyone know why they will not work?
Submitted: 05/12/2011 14:05:32 | ID: 6328
Does anyone know what might causing a knocking noise when I depress the clutch pedal on my Ford Ka?
Submitted: 02/12/2011 10:23:47 | ID: 6297
I have accidentally put brake fluid in the coolant tank of my Ford Ka. Should I drain it out?
It is water soluble, but depends on how much. You may as well drain & refill with fresh water/antifreeze - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 30/11/2011 15:05:14 | ID: 6198
My Ford Ka sport has just sprung an engine warning light. I understand a diagnostic check is required to find the fault code. This will probably be a sensor fault - can anyone estimate a cost?
Diagnostic checks are approx. £40 upwards depending on where you take it - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 29/11/2011 13:13:45 | ID: 6118
I have a leak on driver-side of my Ford Ka. Does anyone have any idea where it could be coming from?
Try the engine filter cap, might be loose - Stuart Thomason from England
Submitted: 29/11/2011 10:56:55 | ID: 6110
I have a Ford Ka CD player that has always worked. It now says ’wait’ on the display screen, but not ’wait 30’. Every button I press doesn’t change the display and I do have the code for the vehicle. Does anyone know how I can get this working?
Submitted: 25/11/2011 14:26:20 | ID: 6068
A reverse light on my Ford Ka is not working. The bulb is OK and I cannot see a fuse. Any ideas? Maybe a reverse switch?
Temp. join the two wires from rev. light switch, if it lights up replace switch - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 22/11/2011 08:40:47 | ID: 5933
Hi. This is probably a stupid question... The petrol gauge in my Ford Ka is playing up and I am always worried about my petrol. I was just wondering what the average mileage would be for a full tank of petrol? The engine size is 1.3. Thanks for your help.
My first car was a 1.3 Fiesta (Finesse) 2000 plate. Could get 400 miles a tank easily - James from Berkshire
Submitted: 16/11/2011 11:03:13 | ID: 5824
Hi, does anybody know where I put the gearbox oil in a 2001 Ford Ka?
Halfway up the front of the gearbox is a screw plug that is the filler/level - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 15/11/2011 13:56:48 | ID: 5801
Hi. I have a 2004 Ford Ka and recently I replaced the battery (9 months ago). Since then it has been flat twice when I have gone to start it in the morning. When this happens the battery light does not go on. Do I have a faulty battery or could it be something else?
Sounds like an alternator problem - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 14/11/2011 15:11:29 | ID: 5745
Hello, does anyone know how I might change the anti-freeze in my Ford Ka?
Bottom of radiator n/side is a drain plug, unscrew it and drain the water then refill - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 14/11/2011 10:25:30 | ID: 5694
How do you change the bulb on the temperature controls of a 2009 Ford Ka?
Submitted: 11/11/2011 10:09:56 | ID: 5648
When you turn a Ford Ka’s engine on - what lights are supposed to come on?
Submitted: 11/11/2011 08:34:51 | ID: 5632
On a Ford Ka, is it possible to switch headlight dipping for french driving? Thanks, Tom.
No and those stickers you can buy ’t work either - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 07/11/2011 10:41:52 | ID: 5442
Hi. My wife has a 2004 1.3-litre KA and recently I drove it and it felt like it had dirty petrol. When I drove it again the following week the engine management light is staying on and the car is chugging a lot more. Any idea what this is and the cost of repair? Cheers, Cian.
Sounds like a misfire, coil packs are common for that. Diagnostic equipment will tell you what is wrong - Martin Jones from Essex
I had the same problem on my Ka ’04, diagnostic check proved 1 and 3 injectors down. Once changed, it went like a dream - Allan Stewart from Scotland
Submitted: 07/11/2011 09:44:52 | ID: 5424
Hi. I was just wondering if my 1999 Ford Ka2 plate has a petrol light?
No it doesn’t - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 03/11/2011 13:43:08 | ID: 5385
I was driving today and went to reverse park my car. When I put the car in reverse it made a large bang and knocked me out of gear. It does this in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th gear but will drive in 1st - what may it be? Please help!
Sounds very much like something has broken inside gearbox - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 03/11/2011 09:34:53 | ID: 5378
The over temperature light comes on my Ford Ka 1.3-litre 2006). The coolant level is ok. I let the car cool down, opened the water bottle, started the engine and revved it up a little and waited for the thermostat valve to open, when it eventually did open it pushed the water out, this seems normal as it is a pressurised system but the water was really hot and streaming, seemed like it was boiling by the time the thermostat opened. This leads me to believe that it might be caused by the water pump not doing its job? Can anybody offer any advice?
Is the electric fan cutting in? - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 03/11/2011 09:19:38 | ID: 5373
Hi! Where is a slot diagnostics OBD for Ford Ka model 2009?
Submitted: 02/11/2011 09:24:16 | ID: 5365
I’ve just had a lot of work done on my Ford Ka, even though I only had the car bought for me 3 weeks ago and now it seems to have more issues... When I’m driving there’s a noise coming from the engine, sounds sort of like an air leak? I have also noticed that it sounds as though there’s a hole in my exhaust towards the front of the car. Could the two be connected?
Submitted: 02/11/2011 09:20:29 | ID: 5362
How do I stop the "speed alarm" from sounding on my KA please? It now sounds at 20mph.
Press menu button [right side of speedo] scroll through for speed alarm and either reset the speed or turn it off - John from Yorkshire
Submitted: 28/10/2011 08:07:47 | ID: 5333
How do I get to the side-light on a Ford Ka, to change it?
Look in the handbook that should tell you - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 26/10/2011 08:34:24 | ID: 5187
The drivers side window on my Ford KA keeps jamming on the way up - can anyone advise or help?
The window regulator has probably broken, remove door trim to get to it - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 26/10/2011 08:15:54 | ID: 5178
The power steering pipes on my Ford KA are corroding? My KA is only 4 years old, is this normal?
Pretty much, take it to Fords and see what they say - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 24/10/2011 15:58:21 | ID: 5097
I have a Y reg Ford KA with a petrol engine and I need to top up the oil but am unsure which oil to use. Can you help me please? Thanks.
5/30 semi synthetic will be fine - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 19/10/2011 10:07:49 | ID: 4928
Hi. My starter motor was turning slowly, I thought my battery was faulty so I had it checked but it was OK. I went to the scrap yard and got a starter motor as the one I had suddenly went and wouldnt work. I put in the second-hand one and car started straight away but the starter I’m sure was still spinning - there was a rattling noise and when I turn off the ignition the car carried on running for a few seconds. The car starts well but there’s a horrible noise. I know it must be the starter motor, is it possible this starter is no good either? Please help, I need some advice. (Ka2)
It could well be that the starter is faulty being from a breaker otherwise might be a faulty ignition switch - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 14/10/2011 11:21:22 | ID: 4801
I was traveling at 20 mph in second gear behind a learner who slowed at a junction. Gentle decceleration was normal but as I eased my foot from the brake, the car shot forward and I just missed the learner. My floor mat wasn’t caught under the pedals, and I didn’t accidentally depress the accelerator nor touch the clutch. Any ideas?
Submitted: 10/10/2011 11:48:30 | ID: 4718
I’m looking for large Ka decals for the side of my car. Can you tell me where to purchase from please?
Try ebay - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 07/10/2011 08:54:54 | ID: 4626
I have a Ford original cd player, I have put the code in and pressed six to submit it. However the six button is not working for some reason a bit confused. When I press 5 I have to wait for the 60 seconds to re-enter the code again. Can someone help me?
Press 5 to enter code, not 6 - Toby Lerone from Cambridgeshire
Submitted: 26/09/2011 09:45:25 | ID: 4554
My indicators/hazards have been working intermittently for a while. I’ve been advised to replace my hazard switch. Is this the same as my flasher unit switch at the bottom of the indicator stalk? If not, where is it and how do I access it? Thanks.
Sounds very much like the indicator switch itself not flasher unit, column shroud off and replace stalk possibly all in one unit with wiper stalk, breakers? - Martin Jones from Essex
Hi. If you have not solved the problem yet, I might have the answer. My daughter’s Ka same year had the same problem and I discovered that the relay switch located on top of steering column behind stalk was not sitting right. It was okay when held down so I wedged it with a small piece of wood and it has worked fine since - Andy Doyle from Lancashire
Submitted: 30/08/2011 10:17:38 | ID: 4194
How much will it cost to replace the alternator? (sport se)
A lot, I think the front bumper has to come off, plus the alternators are around £100 or more for a decent one - Martin Jones from Essex
Just replaced mine, alternator was around £160 plus fitting - J Thompson from Hampshire
Submitted: 16/08/2011 14:12:07 | ID: 4020
What is the code for the radio? (sport)
Each radio has its own unique code being four digits entered using preset station buttons, you can get the code from a Ford dealer or a decent ICE shop but they will charge for it - Martin Jones from Essex
Email me your serial number and I will give you your code for free. Normally it’s inside the radio. Thanks, email@example.com - Laurence G from England
Submitted: 03/08/2011 14:25:27 | ID: 3865
I left my car lights on, tried jump starting it but still did not start. What could be the problem now?
Submitted: 05/07/2011 09:24:46 | ID: 3206
The dashboard dials won’t light up when I put my lights on. What fuse is it or how do i get to the bulb?
Submitted: 23/06/2011 11:17:22 | ID: 3185
I have a 2000 Ford Ka, which has given me excellent service over the years and now I have heard that some owners are switching or upgrading their power plants to the 1.6 litre range such as in the Sportka. Is this indeed possible and can I get in touch with a firm that can ship me the engine and transmission plus all the necessaries for the changeover to Tasmania? In advance many thanks, Robert Doe, 10 High Street, Ross, Tasmania. Email: cedarberry[at]optusnet[dot]com[dot]au
I would have thought what you are asking for seriously outweighs the value of your vehicle - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 15/06/2011 10:40:48 | ID: 3162
Hi, my battery warning light comes on when I start the car then stays on all the time, the car has always started so is the problem my alternator or could it be only a connection that is the fault? Thank you.
Check connections on battery and on the back of the alternator and to starter soleniod because main power lead runs from alternator to starter and to battery + if all good, it can only be the alternator - get the charging rate checked - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 01/06/2011 11:45:48 | ID: 3138
The ABS light is flashing. Any idea why?
There are only two reasons for this: the sensor wire in the ABS large connector is corroded and just needs cleaning with electrical spray. The other is usually a broken wheel sensor front off-side connector under the wheel arch. I would not go for an expensive repair solution because it is not necessary, easy fix, don’t worry. Diagnostic equipment will tell you what is wrong and what wheel - Pauly Milburn from Yorkshire
Submitted: 31/05/2011 09:38:08 | ID: 2481
Hi, my daughter just bought a 2003 Ford Ka which she thinks is great but has complained that the gearstick sometimes "lifts up". I had a look and what happens is that the stick can be lifted up and out of the gearbox with little effort. It is pushed back in easily but what is missing or broken to allow this to happen? (1.3)
You are not actually pulling the gear lever out of the gearbox as it is a transverse setup. Sounds like just a lever problem, get a garage to look at it to tell you what’s wrong and if too expensive buy a second hand unit. There are plenty of Kas in breakers - Martin Jones from Essex
Hi, your gearstick is only a stick in a cup. If you look inside where the bottom of the stick is, you will see a rod from left to right. One end of the rod has lost the holding circlip just pop the stick back in where you would have it go. It is very simple. If the bar or the clip or the holder is broken, go to your local scrapyard and get another, cheap as chips and dad looks good - Pauly Milburn from Yorkshire
Submitted: 24/05/2011 09:03:03 | ID: 3108
Hi, my daughter has a 2002 KA. She drove up the motorway the other night and when leaving the motorway after about 30 miles, the car started making a terrible noise from the engine. She pulled over and called out the RAC, who towed her to her hotel, had a good look around and tried to start again and then everything was okay. The RAC worker drove around a while and returned to say he didn’t know what it was and suspected it could be the release bearing. The vehicle was fine the next day, travelling short journeys but the same happened again on the way home when leaving the motorway but after stopping for a while, everything was okay again. She had a new clutch fitted about four months ago, MOT and service. Please help.
Submitted: 28/02/2011 11:27:26 | ID: 2062
Car was running fine yesterday. Started up today and engine sounded normal, but when I went to pull away car seemed stuck, like breaks binding, then moved forward a few inches and suddenly loud banging/knocking noise. Struggled to move forward but seems to reverse okay. When engine is ticking over all seems ok. Banging only starts when trying to move forward? Could it be CV joint or drive shaft maybe and any idea on cost of repairs?
I have a 1998 Ka and had a similar problem the other week. When I started the car, it would stall, even being in neutral. Turned out the release bearing had gone. Cost me £90 for a complete clutch kit and 8 hours of putting the new clutch on, it’s been fine since. It could be the problem, I had similar problems - James Cole from Yorkshire
Submitted: 08/02/2011 11:45:59 | ID: 2864
Hi. I have a 56 plate Ford KA Zetec Climate and need to know what security my car has. Is it non- or factory-fitted? I have not bought anything extra?
The vehicle will have a factory fitted immobilser, fitted into the key is a micro chip which is programed to the car - Martin Jones from Essex
If you bought it from new any security you have on the car is factory fitted! Jamie Spure from Carmarthenshire
Submitted: 03/02/2011 08:36:55 | ID: 3322
I have a 2007 Ford KA. I recently hit a pot hole and had to have my two front tyres replaced and my front right mag repaired. When my new tyres were put on, the car did sound different - almost like the bearings were gone. But that soon went away and a new problem emerged ... whilst driving, when I am in 3rd, 4th and 5th gears it sounds like I am 3rd. The noise is getting louder, so someone suggested it may be the exhaust. I had this checked and whilst it did have a tiny hole which was patched, the noise is still there. When I slow down, it disappears. However, when I am in 3rd, 4th, 5th, the noise is constant - even with the clutch in or when changing gears. I don’t know if it is related to the new tyres / rim repair which was done, but thought I should mention it.
It sounds like you’ve put hard compound tyres on your car, it’s fine, if anything they should last a bit longer providing your tyre pressure’s are correct - Jamie Spure from Carmarthenshire
Submitted: 02/02/2011 15:38:26 | ID: 2846
What happens if the ABS light is showing on the dashboard?
Your ABS will not work. It will fail the M.O.T. and if car is still in warranty it should be covered - Shaun from Sussex
There is a problem with the abs system, get the vehicle checked by means of diagnostic equipment, most garages have this so you won’t have to go to a main dealer, you can still drive the car safely though - Martin Jones from Essex
Check your brake and clutch fluid levels, if they’re fine get your brakes checked, I belive they will check them for free at Kwik Fit - Jamie Spure from Carmarthenshire
Submitted: 28/01/2011 14:52:56 | ID: 2230
Hi people, when on the motorway sometimes the car won’t pick up speed, feels like it’s going to stall. Also noticed it’s using way more fuel. Is this the air flow meter? I am not sure. Does anyone know? Thank you.
Submitted: 28/01/2011 14:47:16 | ID: 2803
I have a Ford Ka 1.3 56 plate style. I had the battery disconnected so now I need a code for the stereo. I was wondering if you could help as the code isn’t in the manual.... serial number is V008353, your help would be much appreciated. Many thanks.
If you go into a Ford garage with your log book and some I.D. they will give you the code for about £10 - Jamie Spure from Wales
Submitted: 25/01/2011 14:51:34 | ID: 2236
My heater only blows hot air, even when on cold setting. How do I repair this?
The electronic heater valve is broken - located at the bulkhead, fiddly job on a Ka, easy on Fiesta’s - Martin Jones from Essex
Could also be the circuit board in the dash. Few quid from a scrappy and definately worth trying before you fart about to replace the valve. I believe it is only 4 screws on the Fiesta not sure about the Ka - James from Berkshire
Submitted: 24/01/2011 15:48:18 | ID: 3425
I have a loud clucking noise coming from front drivers side when going over different texture in the road. I have changed front suspention mount. can anyone think of what else it might be?
Get the front wishbones checked - Martin Jones from Essex
Test your ball joints on your suspension to see if there’s any play in them, if there is they need changing, it’s quite a cheap fix - Jamie Spure from Carmarthenshire
Submitted: 21/01/2011 10:41:18 | ID: 2213
My Ford Ka sport 1.6 has recently had a new thrust bearing and clutch. The clutch has recently stop working and has lost all of its fluid. The fluid is leaking out of the gear box. Has the mechanic made a boo boo putting the new clutch and thrust bearing in!?!
That is a faulty thrust bearing, known as a concentric. It is a hydraulic bearing and your clutch fluid would leak underneath between engine and gearbox - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 11/01/2011 14:53:48 | ID: 2176
I have a 2002 Ford Ka and the battery warning light comes on and it over revs when coming to junctions but this only happens when the warning light is on. I have replaced my old Ford battery with a new battery but the problem is still occurring. What could this be?
Hi, check your connection to the alternator as sometimes the cables goes brittle and break, so now and again will make the light on the dash flicker. If it is broken, do not go to Ford for a new one as they only sell the whole loom to a reliable scrappy - Julian Kingsland-Bonshor from Somerset
Submitted: 11/01/2011 09:43:13 | ID: 3607
I purchased a new Ford Ka Style petrol 1.2 model in November 2009 and it has done 6700 miles and I have estimated that it is only doing 35 miles to the gallon. It has mainly been driven on A roads, keeping at around 45 mph. I have so far contacted Ford themselves and taken it in to a main Ford GK dealership with no positive answers as to why the consumption is so low. They have suggested driving without the heater or radio on to see if any improvement occurs. Bearing in mind it is winter. I would appreciate any feed back as to why the consumption is so low when Ford state it should be in the region of 55 mpg for the type of run involved.
Submitted: 13/12/2010 14:16:29 | ID: 3375
Do the wing mirros fold in for safety from being knocked off by passing cars when parked up? I have tried but they don’t seem to want to budge and I am scared of breaking them.
Yes they do, don’t worry, they need quite a push to budge but you won’t break them :) Benny from England
Submitted: 08/12/2010 15:35:40 | ID: 2683
The back end of the drivers side has dropped and now looks low to the ground. What could it be and how much will it cost to repair it? Please help!
Submitted: 07/12/2010 11:42:29 | ID: 2710
There is a smell of petrol when I am stopped at lights - this goes away again on moving. Has anyone any ideas?
Have had similar problem with my 59 plate Ka, suggest checking out the hose from the rocker box to air filter. This proved to be split along the seam, causing fumes to be drawn into the car via the heating system. The hose has been replaced under warranty for me today. Hope this helps - Carolyn Dickenson from Cheshire
The same thing happened to my 50 plate Ka. I’ve had a range of faults since buying it so beware - the petrol hose had split, the entire ABS system needed to be replaced, as did my drive shaft. I’m shocked at the rubbish quality from a brand new car, and all I’m told is - well we will fix it under warranty - what’s the problem? Jenni Owen from England
Submitted: 17/11/2010 09:20:50 | ID: 2991
I am trying to locate the colour code for a KA, REG S, base colour is green. Please can you help? Thank you.
Paint code should be on the engine or chassis plate under the bonnet, or visit your local Halfords store for advice - Ray Perry from Lincolnshire
Submitted: 16/09/2010 10:56:18 | ID: 3245
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