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    • nicki
    • By nicki 27th Apr 07, 8:13 AM
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    Ford Ka - problems starting
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    • 27th Apr 07, 8:13 AM
    Ford Ka - problems starting 27th Apr 07 at 8:13 AM
    Can I just point out now that I DON'T DRIVE and the extent of my knowledge of engines is almost ZIP! We have a Haynes manual but OH and I are not exactly mechanics hence why I'm asking here

    Right we have a Ford Ka (approximately March 2000 when first used by the previous previous owner) and there seems to be a problem with starting it. When the key is turned in the ignition the radio etc comes on fine but then the engine itself won't start when you click it around to the next position in the ignition. It can take upto 10 attempts to get it going. Yesterday it stalled half-way up a big hill and wouldn't start again until about attempt 10. Not good when it's one just off a motorway!

    We have already spent £300 on a MOT, service & repairs at Kwik Fit this month (we're with them for insurance so we get a discount and thats the only reason we use them!) so we can't afford to take it back again.

    Can anyone help? If you need more info I can probably get it but my OH is at work so it might not be immediate. Please help, this car has already cost us £1000+ in repairs since we got it 3 years in September
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  • Markyt
    • #2
    • 27th Apr 07, 8:32 AM
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    • 27th Apr 07, 8:32 AM
    Does the engine turn over but not actually catch? How is it once it has been driven a while and warmed up? My first thought is that the automatic choke might not be working properly, or there is a problem with a fuel filter (blocked) or fuel pump.
    • northern_munky
    • By northern_munky 27th Apr 07, 8:48 AM
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    • 27th Apr 07, 8:48 AM
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    • 27th Apr 07, 8:48 AM
    What happens when you turn the key? Can you hear the engine turning over or can you hear a clicking noise from the engine area? If not, it sounds like the ignition switch is faulty.
    • nicki
    • By nicki 27th Apr 07, 9:27 AM
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    • #4
    • 27th Apr 07, 9:27 AM
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    • 27th Apr 07, 9:27 AM
    The radio, fan, dashboard lights etc come on but there is no sound at all from the engine. :confused:
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    • northern_munky
    • By northern_munky 27th Apr 07, 9:47 AM
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    • 27th Apr 07, 9:47 AM
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    • 27th Apr 07, 9:47 AM
    I'd say faulty ignition switch then.
    • nicki
    • By nicki 21st May 07, 6:19 PM
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    • 21st May 07, 6:19 PM
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    • 21st May 07, 6:19 PM
    Problem has been solved - the sparkplugs were overly old apparently, and one had snapped off in the head (:confused so with a new set of sparkplugs it's working amazing well. Plus it only cost us £35 to have a mechanic do it for us I prefer to pay the little garages rather than big companies like Kwik Fit
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    • nicki
    • By nicki 21st Jun 07, 7:53 AM
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    • 21st Jun 07, 7:53 AM
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    • 21st Jun 07, 7:53 AM
    Okay we've got another problem with our car (The idea of getting a new-to-us one or a new one on finance is starting to slowly appear at the back of my mind ) ....


    When the ignition key is turned, everything still comes on as it did before hand except the temperature light :confused: I have no idea what this means, at first it was fine with the sparkplugs replaced but lately it's starting to not start :confused: Has anyone got any ideas please? We can't afford any more car repair bills!
    Baby steps and organisation....
    Declutter 2016 in 2016 : 1132/2016 (Actually left the house!)
    Saving daily in 2016: 137/366 as I started in November (correct end of Feb)
    Target for the year: Get into the black with my bank account by making do, mending and minimising!
    • manda1205
    • By manda1205 21st Jun 07, 8:32 AM
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    • 21st Jun 07, 8:32 AM
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    • 21st Jun 07, 8:32 AM
    sounds like its just a bulb, take the clocks out and replace the right 1

    as for starting, it'll have the old pushrod engine in they go forever but without more clues i cant really help, but these engines ar every simple and cheap to fix, i usually find problems stem from the coil pack (thats the spark plug leads go to) scrappies would want a fiver or so

    tell me whats the sympoms and ill try to help

    with the heads, if the thread went in a head i would just replace the head, they are very very cheap to but and less than an hours work to swap on these
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    • nicki
    • By nicki 21st Jun 07, 2:49 PM
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    • 21st Jun 07, 2:49 PM
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    • 21st Jun 07, 2:49 PM
    Thank you!

    My partner (who is the driver) is away at the minute on business with the car. When he gets back I'll try and get some more details from him.
    Baby steps and organisation....
    Declutter 2016 in 2016 : 1132/2016 (Actually left the house!)
    Saving daily in 2016: 137/366 as I started in November (correct end of Feb)
    Target for the year: Get into the black with my bank account by making do, mending and minimising!
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