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#1 genie20



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Posted 10 June 2008 - 08:52 AM

Hi everyone,

I have 4 problems with my KA, It is a V reg 1999 For KA 1.3, I only bought it last October which at the time had 12 months MOT and 6 months tax on the vehicle. It only done 34000 mile at time of purchase and now since October 2007 it has done just over 47000 miles.

1) When driving and i dip my clutch in to change gear my car over revs even thou my foot is not on the accelerator, it is not to bad in low gears but in high gears it gets louder and sometimes when coming to a stop it over revs really loud until i have fully stopped. I sprayed the throttle cable about 1 month ago with WD40 and the reving stopped but for the past week it has came back, i resprayed cable but this time it only stops for about a day or revs are very quiet then comes back. Is this more than likely the throttle cable sticking?

2) Sometimes when for example in first gear turning steering wheel fully left/right and just ready to move car a little the car cuts out for no apparant reason as if you need to accelerate even thou i got clutch rite in, anyone know what may be the cause?

3) Mainly when i got someone in the back but not always need someone in the back of the car for this to happen when i go over any humps/bumps etc i here a knocking noise from the car, anyone know what the problem may be?

4) My rear lights are playing up, usually when using the boot. opening and shutting. when i brake and indicate right the right indicator flashes strangely and the left brake light flashes both together but when i dont brake the lights work fine. I cleaned connectors on car using sand paper and it was ok for few days but it keeps coming back and requires fiddling around with rear lights to sort out again, usually happens when i open boot and shut it even thou i shut it carefuly? same happens when i brake and idicate left

I hope all these problems is not going to cost an arm and a leg.

I am not a car techie but wanted to know if anyone knew what problems could be before i take it to a car garage so i could tell them some possible reasons on why it might be.

Any help appreciated. I got a Haynes Manual for P reg onwards i bought a few weeks ago if that helps.

Thank you,

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#2 Steve



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Posted 10 June 2008 - 08:11 PM


Welcome to FOC

Question 1 sounds like sticking thottle cable or signs of one about to break. It could be frayed inside.

Question 3 sounds like either a knocking exhaust or suspension is worn.

question 4. sounds like an earthing problem on your rear lighting. or possibly wrong fuse (guessing at that last one)

take it in to a 3rd party garage and get a quote.. you could always shop about.

#3 vinnyvangough


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Posted 10 June 2008 - 08:51 PM

Hi and welcome

1st problem sounds like the idle control valve. Done exactly the same on my sister and mums car. Very common problem apparently

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 05:11 PM


I'l second that mines gone on my other car (Peug 306) rather embarasing really everyone thinks you want to race them at the lights lol


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 11:57 AM


I'l second that mines gone on my other car (Peug 306) rather embarasing really everyone thinks you want to race them at the lights lol


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 12:03 PM

Hi, I have the same problem with my R reg reving on it's own. I changed the idle control valve yesterday but still have the problem. The trottle cable seems free and the butterfly seems to close ok when foot off throttle. Anyone got any ideas?

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 02:23 PM

problem 1 will be the electrical connector to the idle controle valve this is a known problem with 1995-2000 cars you can try cleaning the contacts to see if it helps if not a new connector may be required

2-check that the exhaust mountings are ok

3 usually a bad earth if cleaning doesent cure try location the earth to another point nearby

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 07:02 PM

The third question sounds like it is a worn suspension bush, not a big job really, I think my Ka needs new rear bushes as well lol!

#9 jakzvybz7786



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 04:41 PM

Any one give me a bit of advice my o/s front and rear side lights don't work, Iv checked fuse (fuse 7) and it was blown, Iv replaced it but it keeps blowing???? Iv checked earth at back of the car cleaned Etc and it still keeps blowing the fuse????

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Posted 29 August 2014 - 10:20 PM

The revving is caused by the TPS not being able to get a low enough voltage, cost $1.34 to fix, fit a pot into the voltage line of the TPS. You can then tune it from a dead cut when deaccelerating to overevving like it was before. I set mine to 4.6 volts

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