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Ford Ka Common Problems and Solutions

Reading these common Ford Ka problems should help you find out what is wrong with your Ford Ka – or just what to look out for in the future. We’ll also give suggestions on what to do if your Ford Ka does have one of these issues.

Idle speed control valve (ISCV)

Problem:

This problem leads to stalling at junctions and rough idling. The ISCV is also known as the air bypass valve and is located on the inlet manifold. The issue is normally down to the valve becoming clogged up over time with carbon and oil deposits. Have a look at the video below:

Solution:

To solve this problem you may be able to remove the ISCV and clean it out. If this doesn’t fix the issue, you’ll have to fit a new ISCV.

Difficulty level

4

Rear brake problems

Problem:

The rear brake drums on the 1996 Ka were known to get damaged when tightening the wheel bolts causing a vibration. The wheels, brake drums and wheel hubs were revised to sort this problem.

Solution:

You have to fit the revised parts to solve this issue.

Difficulty level

3

TPS sensor problems

Problem:

On the 1996 Ka there have been reported issues with the revs being too high when changing gears. This is due to the TPS (Throttle Position Sensor) not working correctly as it had bad connectors.

Solution:

To fix this, you have to fit a new sensor and wiring loom. This fault has been rectified on vehicles built after 1996.

Difficulty level

4

Rust problems

Problem:

The underneath of the Ka chassis, especially around the wheel arches, simply rots away overtime. The metal used just doesn't seem to be able to handle various weather conditions over a prolonged period.

Solution:

You may want to try and weld up some of the rusted and broken areas, however, if the vehicle is left too long the only thing left to do might be a trip to the scrap yard as the cost to resolve the rust problem might be too high to get your car through the MOT.

Difficulty level

3

Wheel cylinder problems

Problem:

This issue occurred on vehicles built between 1996 and 1999 as water leaked into the rear wheel cylinders, causing the brakes to stick and make a funny noise.

Solution:

The best way to stop this is to install a rubber gasket around the wheel cylinder. This will prevent water seeping through any gaps.

Difficulty level

3

Central locking problem

Problem:

The 1999 Ka was prone to the central locking not working due to the pins on the door wiring harness getting corroded or damaged by water leaks.

Solution:

You might be able to clean and re-use, but if not you will have to fit new pins. You should also fill the gap at the cable grommet to stop any further leaks.

Difficulty level

3

Brake fluid leakage

Problem:

On a 2000 Ford Ka the brake fluid warning light may come on prior to there needing any sort of top up. This is caused by a leak in the brake hose connected to the wheel cylinder.On a 2000 Ford Ka the brake fluid warning light may come on prior to any sort of top up being required. This is caused by a leak in the brake hose connected to the wheel cylinder.

Solution:

The connection will most likely need to be tightened to the new recommended torque of 17.5nm. If this doesn't fix the problem then you might need to replace either the brake hose or wheel cylinder. Search for braking system parts now.

Difficulty level

3

Part you need

Brake Wheel Cylinder

Fan blower motor problems

Problem:

Any Ka up until 1999 could have a faulty fan motor blower which does not operate on settings one, two or three and has a smell of burning plastic. The connectors on the blower motor multiplug may not be connecting properly causing the multiplug to melt.

Solution:

You will need to fit a revised blower motor resistor and wiring loom to solve the issue. Find cooling and heating parts for your Ford Ka here.

Difficulty level

4

Idle speed control valve (ISCV)

Problem:

This problem leads to stalling at junctions and rough idling. The ISCV is also known as the air bypass valve and is located on the inlet manifold. The issue is normally down to the valve becoming clogged up over time with carbon and oil deposits. Have a look at the video below:

Solution:

To solve this problem you may be able to remove the ISCV and clean it out. If this doesn’t fix the issue, you’ll have to fit a new ISCV.

Difficulty level

4

Rust problems

Problem:

The underneath of the Ka chassis, especially around the wheel arches, simply rots away overtime. The metal used just doesn't seem to be able to handle various weather conditions over a prolonged period.

Solution:

You may want to try and weld up some of the rusted and broken areas, however, if the vehicle is left too long the only thing left to do might be a trip to the scrap yard as the cost to resolve the rust problem might be too high to get your car through the MOT.

Difficulty level

3