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    2006 S-max Titanium X Sport 2.5T
  1. Looks the wrong shape to me. Is that a genuine one or an aftermarket one?
  2. Winter tyres are the key. I drive two smarts in the snow every year on winter rubber without any difficulty and they have significantly less weight than the KA.
  3. Alternator.
  4. PIAA xtreme white plus.
  5. Wheel speed sensor needs replacing.
  6. Hi there - removed the panel - found the fusebox behind but no sign of an ODB port?
  7. Thought this might be a useful tip for any mk1 (1996-2008) KA owners. When we were looking for ours we saw so many with bubbling around the filler cap and all the buyers advice is that it's caused by detritus gathering behind, thrown up from the rear wheels into the arch. Seeing as the one we bought had no sign of rust I decided to make a pre-emptive strike. Took out the filler neck rubber/plastic (easy to do - remove filler cap, undo 1 screw, then rotate the filler flap & rubber about 1/5 a turn anticlockwise to release then pull out) then cleaned away all the considerable collection of dirt that had built up behind with soapy water - easy to see why they rust here. Then liberally sprayed the whole area with Waxoyl before refitting. I'll be repeating this process every 6-12 months and hopefully that should prevent the rust appearing here. It's such an easy job - took me 10 mins this time, next time it will take me 5 mins. Really ford should have included it as part of a major service! So next job will be to do similar behind the sills and around the rear wiper spindle - though the latter is already bubbling on ours so that may be too little too late.
  8. Thanks. Picked it up today - 30 mile drive home and it never missed a beat. Carpets seem dry despite the fact the seller has no garage so it lives outside. Where is the ODB port? I didn't realise there was one on these - I assumed the ancient technology they're based on meant that they predated modern diags!
  9. Returning member here - had a string of Fords before (mostly fast fords) - this time I'm back having just bought a 2008 Ka Zetec Climate as a first car for my son who turns 17 next month. Looked at a lot of them before settling on this one - from older ones with the Endura engine, through plenty of rotten examples (sills & filler caps especially), some dodgy sellers, some with mayo in the oil cap, some with melted steering wheels... you name it we saw it - this one has 33,000 on the clock, fastidiously maintained, only hint of rot is around the rear wiper spindle and on seeing this one it was pretty clear to us it was THE one to buy. Paid £1600 for it, now thought I'd intro myself and ask for some hints & tips of what do check for, any pre-emptive fixes etc., as I'd like this car to be reliable for the lad while he's learning. So any common issues I should look out for, sort out before handing him the keys? Cheers
  10. It doesn't have to be break up of the DMF that causes the issue so no shavings does not rule it out. I have a friend who works for ford on engine design and he basically says TDCi plus cold start issues = DMF. Every time. Go ahead. Waste money on changing this that or the other, you'll come back to the same issue.
  11. FFS how many times does this get asked.... It's your DMF. Live with it. Unless you have VERY deep pockets. Most owners don't so just live with it.
  12. Pull and reinsert the fuses for radio & dashboard. Should reset the systems and return your missing items.
  13. This is a REALLY common S-max issue. It is caused by the multiway plug under the driver's seat getting dirty. Disconnect battery, take plug apart, clean with contact cleaner, wait an hour or so for it to dry, reassemble plug, reconnect battery. Fault should be gone.
  14. No, it's your DMF.
  15. It is EXTREMELY common on the TDCi engines. It is caused by the DMF. Due to the cost of replacement most owners just live with it.