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  1. Multiple symptoms

    Update The fault was the power steering pipe that goes from the power steering pump to the steering rack. It's actually two pipes with the connection between the two pipes being behind the front nearside wheel arch. The pipe had corroded close to this connector which was the cause of the leak. I have replaced both pipes because the other one failed as I was removing it. I also replaced both of the unions that fit to the pump and steering rack ends of the pipes. I filled up the system will fluid and gave it a run, everything seemed fine for about thirty seconds then all of a sudden the pipe blew out of the union at the steering rack end. I spoke to a mechanic I know and he told me I had fitted the union incorrectly. Instead of putting the union on the pipe and then ***** it into the rack I should have fully screwed the union into the rack and then the pipe just pushes in and is held in place by an internal locking ring in the union. I bought another union and did as he advised and fitted it as per his instructions. However after I had replaced the union with the new one the pipe wont lock into position when I push it into the union, I just comes out again with little or no force. Anyone got any experience with this problem? What am I doing wrong? This KA is driving me nuts, I've spent around 300 quid on spare parts (they are genuine parts from Ford btw) and I've still got a dead KA. dvd
  2. Multiple symptoms

    Hi I've got a 2007 KA studio with 86,000 miles on it. I've owned it from new so I know it's full history. Suddenly in the last day I have noticed a rattling sound coming from the engine. The pitch of the rattling sound increases with the speed of the engine so at first I suspected at clutch / pilot bearing type problem. However, when I turn the steering wheel there is a loud howling sound as well. This sound is quite noticeable when I turn the steering wheel quickly from full lock to full lock. So next I suspected the steering pump was on the way out? There is also a red fluid leaking from the front near side of the engine compartment (just forward of the prop shaft). I assume this red fluid is power steering fluid? Given that the steering pump is located in offside of the engine compartment and the fluid is leaking from the nearside I'm a little confused as to what is going on? Also there is a black sooty deposit round the filler cap of the power steering reservoir, I know that wasn't there a couple of months ago when I did a service on the car. Performance wise the steering seems to work ok and there is not change in braking (it doesn't pull to one side when braking). I have checked the fluid level in the power steering reservoir and it has fluid in it. Anyone got any ideas as to what might be going on here? Have I got a steering ram on the near side leaking and a steering pump failing at the same time? Seems a bit of a coincidence to me? Thanks in advance dvd
  3. Ka Hub Bearing

    Hi Stef Yes, found out bout the nut when I went to Ford dealer to get new parts. I made the mistake of undoing the clip and separating the nuts and mixing them all up so had to buy a new one. Anyway, as for the original fault, turns out the bearing jounal was worn. Looking at it I think the jounal and shoulder were damaged when the original bearing race was removed, looks like someone has taken a hammer and chisel to it as well as a welding flame. The hub is wrecked. So it's a new hub and hub nut. Surprisingly the bearing looks and feels OK. I'm not impressed with the garage that did the original repair, wont be going there again. Guess I will have to go back to doing my own maintenance again. I had hopped my days of wriggling round under cars were over but you know how it goes, if you want somethin doin right you have to do it yourself? Thanks dvd
  4. Ka Hub Bearing

    Hi Stef Yes bottom ball joint looks and feels OK. The hub nut (or should I say hub nuts) took quite some force to slacken off so I don't think loose hub nut is the problem. I couldn't split the bottom ball joint because I don't have a ball joint splitter, I will have to buy one today. The bearing was replaced by one of those back street garage type places, its a place I've used for years for various vehicle repairs and I've never had a problem with them. However, I noticed there wasn't a split pin in the castle nut holding the track rod end ball joint so I'm not too impressed about that. My money is on one of three things, a worn bearing, worn housing or worn bearing journal. I will find out today when I get the whole thing to bits. BTW, the hub nut was a strange type I've never seen before, its not one single nut but several very thin nuts (just a couple of threads wide) sandwiched together in a sort of metal clip type thing. There isn't a slot in the hub shaft for staking the nut in place. I can't see how it works? The Haynes manual (4786 KA 2003 to 2008) refers to a single hub nut with staking to secure it so its a type of nut not covered by the book. The car is a 2007 Studio. Anyway, I'll crack on with it today and let you know what I find out. Thanks dvd
  5. Car Making A Thudding Sound

    She said the heater valve was changed which suggests to me it wasn't working ( wasn't making a noise ) which is perhaps why she noticed the noise after the repair? Same thing happened to me, I had the HCV changed and straight away I noticed the thudding noise. dvd
  6. Ka Hub Bearing

    Hi My KA had the front O/S hub bearing replaced at 57,500 miles because the bearing was whining and felt rough when free wheeled on the jack. Now at 63,000 miles I'm getting a knocking sound coming from the front of the car at low speed ( less than 10 mph ). The knocking sound is increases with vehicle speed and at first I thought it might be a bad spot on the brake disc. After some investigation the discs look OK. The front O/S wheel has play in it top to bottom. This play is reduced but not eliminated when the brake pedal is pressed. The Haynes manual suggests a problem with the hub bearing. Anyone got any experience with recurrent hub bearing probs on a KA? Why would the same bearing fail after only 5,500 miles? Any ideas anyone? Or is there some adjustment in the front bearing? Does something need tightening up? Thanks in advance. dvd
  7. Car Making A Thudding Sound

    The sound could be the heater control valve as it opens and closes to let pulses of hot water through the heater. It is normal for the valve to make this noise when it is working correctly. It you turn the heater control knob to fully cold or fully hot the thudding should stop because the valve will be continuously open or closed. With the heater control knob in the mid position you should be able to hear the thudding noise ( unless the heater control valve is broken ). dvd
  8. Welcome to the Ford forums !Removed! vandriver :)