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Ford S-Max Common Problems and Solutions

Turbo problems

Problem:

If your S-Max is feeling a bit sluggish and you are noticing blue smoke coming from the exhaust, then you most likely have a broken turbo.

Models affected:

Solution:

The only solution to this is to fit a new turbo.

Difficulty level

5

Clutch problems

Problem:

If there is a really bad smell coming through your air conditioning system you could have a burnt out clutch. This has been known to happen on the newer Ford S-Max.

Models affected:

Solution:

Try getting it fixed under warranty or it will be a very costly repair to fit a new clutch. Fitting the new clutch is sadly the only solution to this problem.

Difficulty level

5

Cubby lock failure

Problem:

If you are noticing that the lock on the cubby between the front seats is not working then you will need to replace the lock to solve the problem.

Models affected:

Solution:

If your vehicle is still under warranty, then the dealer will fix the problem for you, otherwise you will have to buy the lock yourself.

Difficulty level

4

Banging noise at B-pillar

Problem:

If you are hearing a real banging noise coming from the B-pillar.

Models affected:

Solution:

You will need to apply some carbon grease to the joints to stop the noise.

Difficulty level

1

Water leaking into passenger side

Problem:

If you are noticing water leaking into the passenger footwell, then it is most likely that the air conditioning hose is leaking. This is due to poor fitting when originally being manufactured.

Models affected:

Solution:

The fitting of the air-conditioning hose will need to be sorted to stop the leaking.

Difficulty level

2

Tyre wear

Problem:

The tyres are known to wear down unusually fast, especially on vehicles that have Goodyear tyres on them.

Models affected:

Solution:

The only thing to do in this situation is to try fitting a different make of tyres.

Difficulty level

2

Window wiper problem

Problem:

If you are finding that that your window wipers are not switching off and you have an 'alarm service required' message light on the dashboard, there is a problem with the alarm horn. Water is known to leak into the alarm horn, damaging it.

Models affected:

Solution:

You will have to replace the alarm horn to fix the problem.

Difficulty level

3

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