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Engine Warning Light Comes On & Off In My Ford Ka

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#1 Danielle



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Posted 01 September 2014 - 06:41 PM

I have a 09 Ford Ka zetec (new style). A few months back the engine warning started coming on. It goes on & off.  It really varies - It could be off for a month or be on & off every few days. The car has done around 66,000 miles.
I had a friend who was a mechanic look at it and run the diagnostic machine it wasn't showing any error readings however it kept happening so he tried a different type of machine which showed it was something to do with the throttle body. He asked a friend who works at a Ford garage and he said this is an issue with some Ford's and replacing the throttle body doesn't necessarily resolve the problem. 
It seems to come on more often at the moment and I've also noticed - 
* Sometimes if the light is on it the car isn't very powerful. Struggling up hills and only getting to a maximum of 70mph.
* When I put petrol in 99% of the time this will turn the engine light off.
Any ideas?  Is the throttle body the likely issue?  

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#2 jeebowhite


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Posted 05 September 2014 - 12:09 PM

Hi Danielle,


First of all, when was the car last serviced? and the likes of the fuel filter and other bits replaced?


Secondly, does this issue occur more on hotter or cooler days?


Is it after driving for several miles, or can it be just after you start the car?

#3 Danielle



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Posted 06 September 2014 - 09:50 PM

Thanks for your reply. I have my car serviced every year with my MOT so it was probably March. I assume filters etc were replaced then. The light coming on doesn't seem be affected by temperature, how I'm driving e.g stopped, on the motarway etc. or how long I've been driving - it seems totally random...



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Posted 02 November 2014 - 12:05 AM

danielle stick a bottle of redex valve cleaner in the fuel tank, u may just have a blocked fuel injector valve

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