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Used Ford KA Fault Guides

Used Car Expert Fault Guides tell you the common Ford KA faults and wear items that can become problems and big bills for their owner.

Independent research indicated that using our fault guides to check a car before you buy it can save you an average of £300 in surprise bills and hidden problems.

That's because our Ford KA fault guides are written so that anyone can understand them – even if you know nothing about cars and have no tools. For every common fault, we tell you what to look for, what it means and what it costs.

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Ford Ka/Streetka (1996 - 2009) Fault Guide
Ford Ka (2009-) Fault Guide


Ford Ka/Streetka (1996 - 2009) Fault Guide

View Ford Ka/Streetka (1996 - 2009) Fault Guide

We know of 10 FORD KA/StreetKa (1996 - 2009) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 2 engine faults
  • 1 suspension wear items or faults
  • 4 interior problems
  • 1 bodywork issues
  • 2 recalls

Here's an example fault on the FORD KA/StreetKa (1996 - 2009)

What to look for:

During the test drive, notice whether the revs race (rise quickly) when you press the clutch to change gear.

What it means:

Racing revs are usually caused by a faulty idle speed control valve, speedo sensor or throttle potentiometer. The car needs a diagnosis test.

What to do

Negotiate the repair completed. Budget £50 for a diagnosis test and £50 - £105 for the repair/part.


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Ford Ka (2009-) Fault Guide

View Ford Ka (2009-) Fault Guide

We know of 10 FORD KA (2009-) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 3 engine faults
  • 2 suspension wear items or faults
  • 2 interior problems
  • 2 bodywork issues
  • 1 recalls

Here's an example fault on the FORD KA (2009-)

What to look for:

Check for a smell of oil from the engine seeping into the cabin when the car is hot. Also open the bonnet when the car is running and check for the same smell coming from the back of the engine.

What it means:

The petrol smell can be caused by a split in the breather pipe at the back of the engine, which will need to be replaced.

What to do

If the car is under warranty (3 years or 60,000 miles) Ford may replace this part without charge. Otherwise, if you find this fault try to negotiate a reduction of £100.00 off of the price of the vehicle.


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