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In Topic: Seeking Advice - Ka Engine Temperature

02 October 2015 - 07:46 PM

Change the expansion tank cap to make sure it holds the pressure. If it doesn't circulate properly you will get hot and cold spots.

In Topic: What Cars Have You Owned In Your Driving Life.

02 October 2015 - 07:40 PM

I'm an old git and I used to get bored easily. Cars were so cheap you could change them every 3 or 4 months without loosing any money on them. I hang on to them now though. The last one I had 3 years from new. The Beemer I have had for nearly a year and a half.

In Topic: Ka Heaters Not Working

02 October 2015 - 02:55 PM

Its most likely the Heater Control Valve. Its a common issue and these cost around £40 to replace. If you look where the pipes run from the thermostat, one smallish pipe runs to the bulkhead. There is another similar pipe next to it coming out. These are attached to the HCV along with an electrical connector. The piston inside gets stuck either in the hot or cold position. In your case it has probably stuck in the cold position stopping the coolant flowing to the heater matrix.


These take about 20 minutes to replace.

In Topic: What Cars Have You Owned In Your Driving Life.

02 October 2015 - 02:31 PM

These are the ones I remember. There should be over 50. The last two are the current cars. I haven't included the 10 Motorbikes.


Ford Escort Mk1 1.3
Sunbeam Imp
Chrysler 180
Ford Corsair 2000E
Ford Cortina Mk3 1.6L
Hillman Imp
Ford Cortina Mk3 2000E
Audi 80GL
Ford Cortina Mk3 2000GXL
Audi 80GL Auto
Rover SD1 3500 Auto
Mk2 Escort 1.3 GL
Ford Capri Mk3 1.6GL
Ford Escort Van
MG Metro
Nissan Sylvia Turbo
Ford Sierra 2.0 Ghia
Mini 1000
Ford Escort Mk3 XR3I
Ford Fiesta Mk2 1.1L
Rover 800i
Audi Coupe 2.0GT Auto
Ford Sierra XR4X4 Ghia Estate
Honda Civic Aerodeck 2.0EXI Auto
Ford Sierra Sapphire 2.0 Ghia
Ford Mondeo Mk1 2.0GLX
Rover 800 Vitesse Sport Lux
VW Mk3 Golf Driver 1.8
Vauxhall Nova 1.1
Ford Focus 1.6LX
Mazda RX7 Series 2
Peugeot 405SRI
Rover 416
Renault Laguna 2.0
Mazda 323 1.8SE
Ford Escort Mk7 Cabriolet Calypso
Ford Ka2
Ford Mondeo Mk3 2.0 Ghia
Alfa Romeo 2.0 TS Sportwagon
Fiat 1.0 Uno
Ford SportKA
Ford Focus Mk2.5 Estate 1.6 Style
Renault Clio Mk 2 Phase 2
Ford Focus Mk2.5 Sport
BMW 320I Coupe M Sport
2015 Ford KA Edge

In Topic: Sportka Heating

14 September 2015 - 03:22 PM

The usual suspect is the Heater Control Valve. These get stuck and are a common issue on KA's Pumas and Fiestas. They are around £40 and take 20 minutes to 30 minutes to fit.