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Ford Orion Common Problems and Solutions

High idling

Problem:

The Orion has had a lot of problems to do with high idling. This is generally caused by the idle speed control valve sticking, which results in high idling. Does this sound like your engine? Watch the video below.

Solution:

The first thing to try and do is removing the idle speed control valve and cleaning it with carb cleaner. Re-fit the valve and test. If this doesn’t resolve the issue you will have to purchase a replacement valve.

Difficulty level

4

Part you need

Idle Control Valve

Engine idling problem on diesels

Problem:

The high engine idling problem is common on diesel engines due to a faulty idle lever return spring.

Solution:

Fit a new idle lever return spring to resolve the problem.

Difficulty level

4

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Gear changing problems

Problem:

These problems are most commonly found when changing from 4th to third or 2nd to third gear. The problem is due to a faulty third gear wheel and faulty third/fourth gear selector fork.

Solution:

Fitting a new 3rd/4th selector fork and third gear wheel will resolve the issue.

Difficulty level

5

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Funny smell from air conditioning

Problem:

If you are noticing a funny smell coming from the air conditioning, like a damp sort of smell. This is caused by a build up of bacteria on the evaporator.

Solution:

This problem can be fixed by spraying an antibacterial spray onto the evaporator to kill off the bacteria.

Difficulty level

1

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Wheel bearing problem

Problem:

If you have noticed a crunching noise coming from the wheels then it is most likely a wheel bearing problem. This is caused by the bearing crunching against the knuckle assembly.

Solution:

You will need to fit a new wheel bearing and make sure you apply some grease to the knuckle to avoid any future rubbing.

Difficulty level

3

Part you need

Wheel Bearing

Oil light flickering on and off

Problem:

The oil light is known to flick on and off on a 1.8L diesel. This can either be one of two problems: It could be due to a faulty oil pressure switch, or due to a faulty oil pump.

Solution:

First of all try fitting a new oil pressure switch, but if the problem persists then fit a revised oil pump.

Difficulty level

4

Indicator problems

Problem:

The Ford Orion had known problems with the indicators not self cancelling when the steering wheel was turned back around.

Solution:

This is due to a faulty indicator switch, and can be fixed by fitting the new revised switch.

Difficulty level

3

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