Renault Kangoo: common problems and solutions

The Renault Kangoo is classed as a panel van. There is also the Kangoo Express, which is the leisure activity version. These vehicles are made by Renault and have been in production since 1997, currently in their second-generation version. If you want to read our full review on the Kangoo, please click here. The rear sliding doors are practical, but overall the vehicle doesn't handle well and lacks reliability. Like all motor vehicles, they have their share of common problems. Check out our common problems and solutions list below which has a difficulty rating for solving each one. There is also a list of the latest recalls made on this vehicle.

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Renault Kangoo common problems and solutions

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Idling problem

Problem: It is known for this vehicle to suffer with problems when idling in neutral. If it feels rough when idling, then you most likely have a problem with the ignition coils.

Solution: You will have to replace the ignition coils to solve the problem. Remember that it is best to change all the coils at the same time.


FAP warning light

Problem: The FAP warning light is responsible for indicating to the driver that there is a problem with the DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter). This device helps keep the emissions low.

Solution: You will need to fit a new DPF to the vehicle and also a new oil filter and oil at the same time. This will resolve the problem and improve the overall performance of the vehicle. The video below shows you how to change the oil:


Rear sliding door problem

Problem: This can be a very expensive part to fix when you come across any problems. It is a well-known problem for a faulty locking mechanism on these vehicles.

Solution: You will need to replace the locking mechanism to resolve the issue. Buying a replacement can be expensive, but you can save money on a quality second hand replacement part using our part finder.


Vehicle surging

Problem: If you have noticed a problem with the vehicle surging forward when just slightly touching the accelerator, there is a fault with the ECU (Engine Management Computer).

Solution: To solve this problem you will need a software update on your ECU. If the vehicle is still under the manufacturer's warranty, it should be free to update the software. 


Power steering failure

Problem: It is a known issue with the power steering on the Kangoo to have this problem. You will feel resistance from the steering at the beginning. It can also feel over assisted at high speed.

Solution: As the power steering is fully electric, you will need to have the steering fully reset by a professional. If it is under warranty it will be free, otherwise it will cost. Replacement power steering can be costly, but you can save money by searching with us.


Heating fan problems

Problem: It is common on these vehicles for the resistor on the fan to break. This will result in the fan slowing down or speeding up unnecessarily.

Solution: You will need to replace the resistor to solve the problem.


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The Renault Kangoo has been around for quite a while now, 16 years in total. Since its introduction, there has been 9 different recalls made on this vehicle. This list is from the department for transport recalls database where you can view a full list of the recalls: These problems should no longer be active on your vehicle, as they were subject to recall, and were the responsibility of the manufacturer to fix free due to manufacturing faults. To read more information on each recall listed, click on the relevant link below:

If you cannot see your problem listed in the common problems and solutions section, it does not mean that it is not a common problem. The list is not exhaustive and covers only some of the problems found. Please give us a call on *0905 232 3000, visit our Renault Kangoo parts page or enter your vehicle details in our parts finder below to begin your parts search