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Member Since 16 Sep 2010
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In Topic: Glowplug Light

28 September 2010 - 08:49 AM

Having just had my S-Max for a couple of days I dont seem to be able to find the glowplug warning light on the dash.
On my old car I would expect to see an amber glowplug light for a few seconds when it went out the car would start.

On the S-Max I dont see a glowplug light - I have the dash with the convers+ message centre in - I have checked the manual it shows a picture of what it should look like but not where on the dash it is.

Am I missing something here?

Forgive the stupid question, but have you bought a diesel engined S-Max, or a petrol? Probably good to confirm that before you fill up! Otherwise I'd suggest you've got a blown lamp or fuse (although I'm sure you'd notice other small electrical problems if it is a fuse). Think I'd be headed back to the dealer if you've only had the car a couple of days.

All the best.

In Topic: Parking Sensor Corrosion

19 September 2010 - 08:49 AM

ford fit x-vision systems,so why they do not just replace the dodgy sensor? i would look for the control box in the luggage compartment which is usually fitted behind one of the side panels,you could follow the wire from the sensor back to find it,confirm the make and model number from the control box and do an internet search for x-vision parking sensors, lots of places deal with x vision so you should be able to get just the sensor.then its just a case of unpluging the old sensor and pluging in the new one.

Thanks, I'll give that a try. I've always thought it should be a lot easier and far less expensive than the dealer advised. At the time I recall it all seemed to much trouble for them to do a proper diagnosis and so opted to give me the easier, total replacement solution. Makes you wonder if I had said yes to the 450 price tag, what I would have actually got for my money!


In Topic: Parking Sensor Module Location

16 September 2010 - 01:17 PM

Parking sensors on my 56 plate 2.5 Titanium packed up around a year ago with the same symptoms, continuous tone for 3 seconds accompanied with rapidly flashing warning lamp in the dash switches.

I asked the dealer to look into this at the 62.5k service and the answer came back that the sensors were corroded. I was astonished at this as the car was less than 3 years old. The dealer quoted around £450 to presumably replace the entire parking sensor system. Of course, it was out of warranty so nothing doing as far as a free repair/replacement goes! Needless to say I declined the dealers offer of relieving me of £450.

The sensors themselves were plastic coated when I first bought the car but the coating soon broke off so perhaps this had something to do with allowing water and dirt to get to the sensors. In any event I suspect these components are of a very poor standard to break down that early. Oddly enough mine is in for its 75k service and I have courtesy 59 plate Fiesta with only 6000 miles on it, and one of the rear parking sensors is also showing signs of corrosion; so not an S-Max problem exclusively it seems.

Anyway, does anyone know where to get hold of replacement sensors, apart from Ford's who only seem to sell the entire sytem?

Any help greatly appreciated.

In Topic: Car Gps Nav

16 September 2010 - 12:52 PM

Hello I am mart
I have a ford 2009 S-MAX .but the gps navigation is not working, I want to buy a new one.i find a one in this website http://www.cargpsnav...-tmps_p664.html,
It looks good,but I have never bought a product from online store.
could you give me a advice?
:) :) :) :) :) :)

Surely in a 2009 model, the GPS should be covered under the 60,000 / 2 year Ford warranty?

In Topic: S Max - Most Unreliable Car

16 September 2010 - 11:24 AM

It is a 56 plate 2.5 Titanium with X pack plus extras.
To be fair, nothing mechanically major has happened but mostly just all the electrics in the extras as well as the standard S-max issues that everyone has.
Still a car that I couldn't do without though.

I've had a similar experience on 3 or 4 occasions and it's certainly gets your pulse racing when it happens! Every warning light comes on like a christmas tree and the dials (speed, revs, fuel, etc) drop down to zero. It lasts just a few seconds and the first time it happened I was accelerating up a hill and the car lost all its power. There has been no noticeable change in performance on subsequent occasions and all the warning lights just go out after 5 or 6 seconds. I've never had it looked at because it happens so rarely and what can they do if the fault isn't in evidence at the time?

Can anyone shed any light on this?

Mine is also a 56 plate (registered Apr 2007) 2.5 Titanium.