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  1. Take it to Motor Medic at Chilbolton (5 miles north of Winchester). Richard there will sort it out for you.
  2. I'd be buying whichever one has the least rot - particularly underneath and on the sills.
  3. Why don't you get the fault codes read? Instead of guessing at what might be wrong?
  4. Have you turned on the headlamps?
  5. Well after the overwhelming response to this, I thought I'd communicate the outcome for the benefit of others in the future. There was a coolant leak from the thermostat housing causing an airlock in the system - resulting in the engine running on overheat but no hot water making it into the cabin. A new thermostat housing and a bleed of the system has solved the issue.
  6. I've had this happen on a few fords including our Ka - every time it has required a new windscreen. My advice would be to "pick up an unfortunate nasty stone crack" and claim on the insurance for a replacement screen. £85 windscreen excess, job done.
  7. 2008 Ka mk1, 1.3 - Duratec engine. Just noticed over the last few days that the engine fan seems to be running fairly constantly, suggesting the running temperature is very high, but inside the cabin, even on full heat the air is coming out luke warm at best. The Heater Control Valve was replaced last year so I don't think that's the issue, am wondering if it's a failing/failed thermostat or if it has an airlock (and if so, what caused the airlock)? Anyone had the same issue?
  8. You can buy repair panels. You cut out the rotten section of the old panel, weld in the replacement. However even with this it will still come back unless you regularly clean out behind the filler neck. I remove the plastic inner liner every 6 months, give it a good and thorough wash out and waxoyl the whole area. Touch wood ours has zero sign of bubbling or corrosion there.
  9. Agreed. HCV - ours was the same - changed the valve, solved the problem.
  10. Glad to hear the Brab is back, but sorry to see you leave the Ka world - I had hoped you'd have gotten attached to it enough to keep it.... See you on the "other" side!
  11. Locking wheel nuts are a PITA. Nobody nicks alloys anymore - all those nuts do is cause issues - lost keys, damaged keys, damaged nuts etc. Your local tyre place will probably be able to get them off for you. I just replaced the locking nuts on ours with some used standard ones - £5 for four on ebay and I don't have to worry about any of the aforementioned problems anymore. Plus I sold the locking nuts & key for £10 so made myself a fiver into the bargain!
  12. This car is going to be rather nice when you've finished with it. Maybe you'll make a few quid come sale time?
  13. The ford badges can be rejuvenated by buying stick-onl ford logos that are specifically designed to make them look like new again but at a fraction of the cost of complete new ones. I used this to make the tailgate one on our ka look like new again: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ford-KA-rear-tailgate-badge-/201921820265?hash=item2f037a7669:g:XzAAAOSwd4tUEyEn
  14. Hello JJ- fancy seeing you over here! Is this StreetKa to replace the ForFour or is it as well as? Sorry can't help with your query - never heard of heated seats on a Ka before...
  15. The Heater Control Valve needs replacing. A very common fault.
  16. No it doesn't. It has 4 new "tYres" - why is everyone insistent on using the incorrect US spelling for circular rubber items?
  17. So you & your mate's judgement is better than the accredited and trained MOT tester is it? If your judgment is so good, and you're convinced there is no safety issue, why are you going to such lengths to cover up the issue to hide it from the inspector? "i just poked the rear suspension leg and my screwdriver went right through it - has a large rust patch which im sure will fail so ive filled it with filler and covered it in underseal and weathered it so fingers crossed" If you're convinced it will fail then you must know it's a safety issue. Your arguments make no sense. Seems to me you KNOW it's a safety issue but, hey, what the hell, cover it up, get it through an MOT, and hope it doesn't give way and kill someone seems to be your attitude. Which quite frankly stinks and is utterly disrespectful to every other road user who happens to be in the vicinity of wherever you go. Fix it properly, or sell/scrap it. Putting lives at risk just so you can have the luxury of running a car is probably one of the most selfish things you can do.
  18. Take it to a council run MOT station and present it as is. Then they're not going to a "ripoff" MOT centre. If it passes there then it's fine. If it fails then it's dangerous - endof - no matter what you & your mate & your newton gauge actually think. The MOT is not an occupational hazard - it's an important safety test. If a car fails then it does so because it's unsafe - no matter what you may think. If you cannot afford to repair it properly then may I suggest that you sell it and buy an alternative car that doesn't have such issues, or use public transport. Running a car is a privilege, not a right.
  19. If that were my car I'd WANT it to fail the MOT. If you know there is that much rot on it, how can you possibly feel safe taking that our on the road? You're putting your own life at risk plus that of every other road user who happens to be anywhere near you when that lets go. Do the right thing - fix it or scrap it. Don't go risking innocent lives just to save a few quid.
  20. Looks the wrong shape to me. Is that a genuine one or an aftermarket one?
  21. 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.
  22. Wheel speed sensor needs replacing.