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Chris M Wanted a V-10

Another non-breakdown

The Ka's throw a fit today. Drove up to Harrow to park at the underground station even though there weren't any tubes running today (use Chiltern Trains instead) to go into London for an event, then I was going to see younger daughter afterwards (she's about a mile from the tube station with no real parking facilities as her Bush-branded Argos telly has packed up after 17 months). †As I got near to the station carpark, at a set of traffic lights the engine suddenly cut out, cue alarm sounds and several flashing lights on the dash. †"Check engine" and "start-stop system failure, unavailable" or similar messages appeared (under 8500 recorded miles). †So I now have 3 permanently-lit warning lights to contend with, which are distracting at night due to their brightness, plus a warning message and chime every time I start the car.

Of course, the dealers are now closed until Monday morning, but at least the car still appears to drive OK....
Hopefully I won't have to take a day off work to get it sorted
Michael

Can't you drive the other car?
Bryan M

Have you tried disconnecting the battery?
Giant

Are you sure you should be driving it If all the warning lights are lit?

Try putting masking or insulation tape over the warning lights if they're that distracting, although I think they're probably distracting for a reason!
Martin

Michael wrote:
Can't you drive the other car?


Exactly.  Park it up until Monday, no point is risking causing any damage.
Michael

Martin wrote:
Michael wrote:
Can't you drive the other car?


Exactly. †Park it up until Monday, no point is risking causing any damage.


The Ka is the fun or weekend car so perhaps it's the only time it can be used?

Seriously though, Chris, you don't need to drive it so don't. I think you mentioned the PCP is up soon so I imagine the dealership will be falling over themselves to see you right.
TreVoR

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Chris M Wanted a V-10

I checked the engine.... it was still there, under the bonnet.   No warning lights yet today.....
cbeaks1

Michael wrote:
Martin wrote:
Michael wrote:
Can't you drive the other car?


Exactly. †Park it up until Monday, no point is risking causing any damage.


The Ka is the fun or weekend car so perhaps it's the only time it can be used?

Seriously though, Chris, you don't need to drive it so don't. I think you mentioned the PCP is up soon so I imagine the dealership will be falling over themselves to see you right.


There is a little bonus to change this month if you talk to your dealer.
Andy C

^ Another reason to get a Fiesta and not a Jazz!
Frank Bullitt

Re: Another non-breakdown

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:

Of course, the dealers are now closed until Monday morning, but at least the car still appears to drive OK....
Hopefully I won't have to take a day off work to get it sorted


Call the recovery people and ask them to take it to your dealer, let the sales guys know it is coming so they can take collection then ring service on Monday to talk it through with you - once it's fixed go and collect it at a suitable time.
PG

I've always been told that if the if the lights are amber, then they are warnings and that you're not going to destroy anything by driving home.

If they're red, stop and call somebody. Unless it is the battery / charging light that is dead, in which case whatever you do don't stop, switch off everything possible electrical and drive straight home as the battery or charging system has died.

On the Ka, sounds like the stop / start system failed so it would not restart the engine. And that switching it off either reset it, or disabled it so the car ran normally - but with the warnings showing.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Still no warning lights on this morning (they were all orange,not red, and I've driven it to work today) but the S/S isn't working either :-(
Giant

Surely book it in to the garage? Whilst doing so let it be known your lease is virtually up and find out what their best deals are.
Roadsterstu

Giant wrote:
Surely book it in to the garage? Whilst doing so let it be known your lease is virtually up and find out what their best deals are.


This. The car will likely have stored fault codes at the least? Then there's an option of new...
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Phoned and explained this morning. After checking, they asked me to book it in for the best part of a day (!).... Wed 10th Feb with a request for a 1-litre Fiesta as loan car, as the PCP is nearing its end and I would like to try out the various engine options on the Fiesta as I'm seriously considering one to replace the Ka.

So far the shortlist is Fiesta, Polo, Swift, i10, Jazz, Yaris
or buy the Ka outright.
Plan A is to go for a Fiesta ecoboost which could be offered to younger daughter after the 2 years PCP expires, to replace her current one
Roadsterstu

Plan A sounds like a good plan if the costs are favourable. You'd find that even more fun than the Ka.
cbeaks1

Free metallic, £99 sat nav, and a ford credit loyalty bonus if you do it this month.

I suspect the gmfv may be higher than the cap clean so hanging on till the end of the contract might be best.
PhilD

A couple of warning lights come on so you buy a new car?!

You've changed Chris.
Michael

Having seen the electrical extension adaptors in the Galaxy I'm hardly surprised an electrical fault occurred.
PhilD

Michael wrote:
Having seen the electrical extension adaptors in the Galaxy I'm hardly surprised an electrical fault occurred.



Maybe Mrs Chris can sort it like she did for their Christmas lights


Chris M Wanted a V-10

cbeaks1 wrote:
Free metallic, £99 sat nav, and a ford credit loyalty bonus if you do it this month.

I suspect the gmfv may be higher than the cap clean so hanging on till the end of the contract might be best.

Thanks for the info, but I am in no hurry to change until the PCP expires! TBH..... where have the last 2 years gone? Doesn't seem very long ago that I collected the Ka and 19 months have elapsed since!

EDIT: It appears to have fixed itself. Got in the car to drive home this evening and the engine was running in its "normal" mode again. Stopped in a queue of traffic and the stop-start cut in, as it should do, and continued to do that as I negotiated the drudgery of Basingstoke's ring road rush-hour traffic. †If it's still OK on the other side of the week-end, I'll phone and cancel the garage appointment.

I wonder if it had anything to do with looking at a new Yaris during my lunch-break? Ka got guilty feelings and decided to heal itself ???

FURTHER EDIT:
It's gone wrong today again. Got home from work this evening, pulled up outside the house and the idle speed shot up to 1500rpm accompanied by the chimes and error messages and warning lights again. †Oh well.....

MORE:
Into the garage this morning, and I've got a 3-door Fiesta Zetec 1.25 82PS as a loan car. After several hours of initially unsuccessful diagnostics, it's got a sticking solenoid of some sort, and a valve needs replacing... or it may just be a sticking solenoid valve.  I do wish that the receptionists had some mechanical knowledge.....
Parts not available same day, so I get to keep the loan car overnight and hopefully they will receive and fit the required items on Thursday.

As to the Fiesta..not an instantly overwhelming case to trade up to get one.....

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