FORD KUGA-Malfunction Light is a common problem, but was Solved.

FORD KUGA

FORD KUGA Malfunction Light

Another busy day at Pellonautocentre here in Halifax. Hence, started with another car problem to solve. Albeit not appearing to be that difficult. So the car in question was a black 2009 2ltr TDC1 Ford Kuga.

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The dreaded Ford Kuga Engine malfunction warning light

Of course, a model that was conceived from a little known, Losis X concept car. As a result, it was a Martin Smith the Ford design chief . Consequently, who is attributed to the shape features . Thus, of an aggressive and sharp styling of this new model. The original concept was for the car to be classed as a crossover. A trend that most of the other leading car companies followed. But nowadays they all seem to blend in with the smaller 4X4 ‘s such as the Freelander’s and the Honda CR-v’s.

The car that we were attending to has a Peugeot 2litre Diesel engine fitted. Which nowadays is a popular thing to do amongst the car manufacturers. Hence,to share technology and even engines. So it seems? As a result, this car is available in two or four wheel drive.Our customers car was a two wheel drive version. In my opinion the car was not particularly made for four wheel driving. Therefore, more suitable for the school run. Including drivers who like to be a little higher up than a normal car.

One thing we have noticed about the Ford Kuga . Frequently, is the lack of power when pulling away . Feeling a little nervous at some roundabouts. Apparently, this is common on some of these crossover cars. As a result,our customer has had this car back to Ford . For all sorts of problems . Even when the car was still under warranty. Including a faulty gearbox. Now preferring to bring their car in to us for servicing and repairs. Hence the visit today.

Why does the Ford Kuga malfunction light come on?

The Ford Kuga Had being driving locally about Halifax. When the “Engine malfunction light” came on . Making the car go into “Limp mode”. Of course,this can happen. Especially, when the engine management system thinks that the engine oil has been DE-graded . For some  Reasons the “Malfunction Indicator Light” comes on. As a result, the customer then limped into us . Hence, to have the car looked at. After a bit of investigating our

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Black Ford Kuga with engine malfunction problem

chief mechanics Ryan Linton discovered that this was a fairly common fault. Consequently, an oil and filter change was what was needed.

We changed the oil and filter and reset the engine .With our engine management tool, to reset the light and take it out of safe mode. Looking at some of the Used Ford Kuga on Ford Cars forums this is a common fault, but my advice is if this happens to you, take the car to an independent garage and ask for a price for doing the job. We charged this customer £50 for all the work doing but I cannot help feeling that Ford may charge for the malfunction light re-setting and the oil and filter change.

If you own a Ford Kuga and this happens to you and the car only lets you do 30 mph, then limp into your favorite garage and get an oil and filter change before resetting the warning light. If this does not work then the Ford garage may be the next port of call?

Eric Roberts

The Ford Kuga Had being driving locally about Halifax. When the “Engine malfunction light” came on Click To Tweet

Here is a recent reply from an unhappy FORD KUGA customer with electrical problems-

Hi I’ve had electrical problems with my 09! kuga it was the electrical control box with the fuses in under the glove box it pulls down to access it . Garage opened it up and it was wet and corroded . I purchased a new box and had it programmed on a computer and it was all good again . Now six weeks later it’s happened again . Took it back to garage and it’s wet and corroded again .

The mechanic rang ford and they said we should have bought a new loom with it even though they never advised us of this when we purchased the new control box . Evidently ford know about this problem yet refuse to acknowledge the faulty loom etc . This also happens on the fiesta focus and now even the new ford vans . My auto electrician told me that now they shrink wrap the loom where it enters the box so ford obviously are aware of this problem yet refuse to help customers .

They said if they had done the work they would have continued to find the fault but as they only supplied the box it wasn’t down to them . I see loads of people on the net with all sorts of electrical problems and I’m sure if you all check your control box it will be wet and corroded it always effects the wipers . But the car goes bonkers all sorts of faults like alarm going off heater fan coming on etc etc . They need to put their hands up to this as now they expect me to buy another box and a new loom which they say is enviable !!! Even though I just paid £9000 for the car . It’s shameful we need to threaten them with trading standards and watch dog . Which is what I will be doing now . Please share

Martin perrett  Janeandmartinlimelight@blueyonder.co.uk 

Car Air conditioning (air con)-A busy time of year

Car Air conditioning bring many problems for their drivers

Here in Halifax in the UK, we are experiencing a particularly warm and pleasant summer. We are at the moment in the middle of the main holiday season and trade can be a little hit and

Car Air conditioning

Volvo air con condenser removed to fit a new “O” ring.

miss. Many of our customers have had their cars serviced in preparation for their summer holidays, so the servicing side of the business can be a little slower this time of year.

However, one of the things that have kept us going in this hot summer is the number of cars with Car Air conditioning systems that break or have never worked for years. The hot weather makes them dig deep into their pockets and have the air con Operating Systems serviced or repaired. The cars that come to my garage with problems are usually older cars and some come to us complaining that they are having strong smells coming from inside the car.

This is due to the Car Air conditioning system not been used often with a build-up of nasty’s in the evaporator located just behind the dashboard, this consists of moulds, fungi and bacteria, that can cause some drivers to feel ill. This problem can be remedied by using an anti-bacterial spray which should get your car back to smelling fresh again.

Unfortunately, the Car Air conditioning system in cars are not covered by warranty and the system will need servicing from time to time when the gas starts to deplete and the air con system stops working properly, leaving the driver hot and sweaty.

For some reason motorists in the UK, where we have four seasons a year switch off their air con systems in the winter time. I do not think they know that you can run the air con and the car heater at the same time and also the smaller cars with the lower engine capacities will use much more fuel and so they switch the air con off.

Car Air conditioning

Volvo broke “O” that caused all the problems

Car Air conditioning system can dry out if not used

This result is that the system will dry out and start to damage some of the internal parts, including small “O”, rings that act as seals within the air con system. These are normally lubricated by the “PAG OIL” that circulates within the system when the air con is in use. The consequences of this are the refrigerant gas that is confined to the system will leak out through the broken “O” ring, causing it not to work.

To find where the leak is we have to re-gas the system and try to find the leak with a special chemical that we use to show us where the leak is and then repairing the fault.

In fact, this was the case just the other day. A customer called into to see us with a problem with his Car Air conditioning. In fact, it was not working at all. The car was an older Volvo V40 and the customer always switched the air con off in winter. The car was five-year-old and so we started the process of re-gassing the system in order that we could find out what the problem was.

Indeed, we used our special leak detecting tool and found out the place where the gas had leaked more or less straight away. The problem was due to his air con system drying out and had broken one of the “O” ring seals. This is a common thing with most cars. If the engines do not run then the hoses and other rubber parts will dry out and perish, because of no lubrication exactly the same as the air con system, the “PAG OIL” circulates in the system and oil all the parts when the system is running. The particular “O” ring was located in the high-pressure pipe part of the condenser which had to be removed and a new one fitted. Here at Pellon Autocentre can repair most models of cars air con systems in the Halifax area of West Yorkshire.

Many other things can go wrong with air con but I will cover those when and if they happen in other blogs.

The new “O” ring was fitted and the driver drove away much happier with his nice cool Volvo.Car Air conditioning

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for a high standard of equipment and workmanship.

UCCC-Good News for Unipart Car Care Centres in the UK

Good News for Unipart Car Care Centres  (UCCC)  in the UK

I became a Unipart car care Centre” UCCC” about 5 years ago. I have been very pleased with updates that have been thought out for us to give improved service to our local

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Popular  UCCC sign outside a members garage

customers in Halifax here in Yorkshire UK.

I have always been a fan of becoming a member of an organization such as UCCC. This is  because it can give a small local garage like us a nationwide coverage. When it comes to helping out our customers who may get into trouble when traveling to other parts of the country, say on holiday or perhaps visiting relations. As part of the service that we offer. It is a good feeling that we know about  safeguarding  our customers. It gives us the same strengths as the multinational companies that are out there competing with us.

If we say carry out a service or a repair job to your car and you visit your long lost aunt in Brighton, then your car will be covered by this warranty. Should a part fail or go faulty, then we can arrange for the car to be repaired in that area by contacting another UCCC centre. By contacting us here in Halifax and we will arrange for your car fixing so that you can have a safe journey home.

There are other advantages to being a UCCC, such as the quality of the replacement parts that we supply. These parts are up to the manufacturers specifications for quality and can be used on a car that is still covered by the car manufacturer’s warranty, without affecting that warranty, which is great news for us small independent garages. Here at Pellonautocentre in Halifax we have always prided ourselves for giving excellent service and customer satisfaction and this tied in to being a member of UCCC.

Horror when Unipart went into administration on 23rd July 2014.

You can imagine my disappointment when I heard that Unipart had gone into administration,( last week). We would have certainly survived but it could have made things a little more difficult, especially regarding outstanding warranties. The Unipart Company are now in the hands of the administrators KPMG. But to my surprise I found out that the Unipart Group are a separate company to Unipart Automotive who control UCCC, of which we are members.

 

This is a recent e-mail to all the UCCC members from Stuart McHale…

“We were saddened by the news about Unipart Automotive, but it is important to note that Unipart Group continues to be a financially strong, growing company in

UCCC

UCCC sign

manufacturing, global logistics; consultancy and International automotive aftermarket operations

Express Factors, KiS users and Unipart Car Care Centres throughout the UK will understandably have immediate concerns for their future, so I wanted to update you on the current arrangements.

Unipart Group and Andrew Page have moved as quickly as possible to work in partnership to provide new services and Andrew Page will now become a national stockist and distributor of Unipart products. For those KiS and UCCC’s previously supplied by a Unipart Automotive branch, please contact your local Andrew Page branch to agree service and supply arrangements.

Unipart Group is working to make new arrangements with a number of software and programme suppliers to provide systems functionality and support services and intends to make the Unipart brand available to UCCC who meet minimum standards”

This is great news for all the UCCC member depots across the UK, including myself and we will be looking forward to the start of a new regime.

Peugeot 107-Calls In for a Fan Belt Fitting

Lady driver with a Peugeot 107 Calls In for a Fan Belt Fitting

This little car from Peugeot is a favorite little about town car and is the same car as the Citroen C1 and the Toyota Aygo. The particular model of the 107 that we had in with problems,

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Old damaged water pump that caused the fan belt to break

had a 1.0 liter three cylinder engine fitted, with a brake horse power of 68, which is really enough for about town driving, but when I have road tested them in hilly Halifax, then they are lacking in power and I have to change right down to second gear to negotiate a fairly moderate hill. In general though the little car is nippy around town and is a favorite with lady drivers. In fact our customer with the problems was a lady driver.

She in fact loves her little Peugeot 107 and loves the way that the car handles when parking and maneuvering, with an excellent turning circle. She did however think that the car does bang and rattle a little when driving over bumpy roads, the suspension is a little hard and some of our other customers have had suspension problems, but like the rest of the country we have been plagued with numerous potholes here in the Halifax area of Yorkshire.

But in general this does not deter the customers from buying these charming little She in fact loves her little Peugeot 107 and loves the way that the car handles when parking and maneuvering, with an excellent turning circle cars, that as I say are more suitable for driving about town, I suppose it is similar to the a modern version of the old Peugeot 106, which had similar characteristics in a bygone driving era.

However; back to the lady with the broken fan belt.

The lady presented us with Peugeot 107 Petrol engine 2007 model, which she thought that she had a broken fan belt. When we examined the car we found that fan belt had indeed come off, but this had been caused by the water pump having a seized up bearing and was also leaking water.

To correct the problem the with her little Peugeot 107 and loves the way that the car handles when parking and maneuvering, with an excellent turning circle had to have a new water pump and fan belt. This type of water pump comes complete with its own bearings and is a relatively easy job to replace. The

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New water pump complete with a new fan belt

whole job took about one hour from start to finish and the lady was able to have a coffee and relax in our reception watching the Commonwealth Games on the receptions TV.

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New water pump fitted in place

In my opinion this one of the big advantages of owning an independent garage, we are able to repair cars with such problems, while the customers can wait in the pleasant surroundings of a well-equipped reception area. This of course stems back to the days when we were more commonly known as kwick-fit centres, fitting things like brakes , exhaust systems and tyres while the customer waited for the job doing. We of course still do this but cars have become much more sophisticated and the repair times have become much longer, so on some jobs the traditional booking in the car system has to be used, because of the time it may take to carry out the work.

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

Yokohama Racing Tyres-GOOD DAY OUT AT SNETTERTON 300 CIRCUIT.

Yokohama Racing Tyres AT SNETTERTON 300 CIRCUIT.

To be truthful I am not a mad follower of motor racing, probably something to do with the fact that in the whole of West Yorkshire we do not have a race circuit. The nearest one is Croft

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Yokohama Racing Tyres slick tyre removed

in North Yorkshire and I have visited this track a few times in the recent past, to see various motor racing events. The last one was a British BMW championship meeting through Kumho tyres.

It came to me with great pleasure when I was invited to a race meeting in Snetterton, Norfolk, UK. The race meeting was a good four hour drive from my beloved Yorkshire, but never the less I decided to do the round trip in the day and set off at 5.30 in the morning. The day was going to be red hot ,you could just tell and I was looking forward to watching the cars perform on the Yokohama Racing Tyres, that we sell in Halifax to our public.

I arrived early because the roads were quiet due to the fact that it was Sunday morning, and I met the Yokohama Racing Tyres UK guy Paul Cox. Paul was to be my guide, as I have said I know little about the motorsport circuit although I love the atmosphere that these events can generate. I took my camera to take some shots of the cars, especially with the Yokohama racing tyres fitted. This is always the sign of a good tyre company, the research and development that these companies gain is invaluable when it comes to developing tyres for the regular cars that we use in every day usage.

Paul turned out to be a very knowledgeable guide having competed in motorsport racing himself for a good many years and now helping to coach his son to become a race car driver at the age of seventeen. The racing today was to be the British F3 and GT championships and when I arrived it was a lovely sunny day and the crowds were already building up.

British F3 has always been one of the proving grounds for future F1 drivers including the 2009 World champion Jenson Button. Some of the drivers competing on that day are expected to become future F1 stars and included Kevin Magnussen and Daniel Riciardo, so watch out for those names. The weekends racing also included the BRDC Formula 4 Championships with

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Yokohama Racing Tyres F4 tyres

other up and coming stars on show, I could not Waite.  These cars run on 2 litre Ford Duratec engines and develop 175 Brake horse power BHP. They are supplied with a Cosworth engine management system and are operated with a 6 speed Sadev transmission system that works from a paddle shift. Yokohama Racing Tyres are the suppliers of the wet and slick compound tyres, the main purpose of my visit.

Paul was really enthusiastic about showing me round and I was very impressed with the politeness of the drivers and the guys in the pits who allowed me to take pictures at will. He also knew many of the drivers and introduced me to a couple of them in between their busy schedules. One of the drivers was Jon Minshaw the owner of the famous Demon Tweeks motor parts stores, who took time out between changing driver’s mid-way through a race.

Yokohama tyres fitting area was most impressive.

Paul also introduced me to the YOKOHAMA TYRES UK tyre fitting team fully equipped with fitting machines and wheel balance’s all ready for the action, in fact when we were there they had already fitted in excess of  a hundred slick tyres due to the hot sunny weather the slick tyres give a better grip, than tyres with a tread on them.

One of the other drivers that I saw was Sir Chris How who has only recently changed from cycling to the British GT Championships and is said to be a “natural” at motorsport, making 2014 his debut year in the Nissan Academy Team known as RJN. Also in his year of racing was Rick Parfett Jnr, son of his famous namesake from the band, Status Quo, who incidentally I saw live at Leeds Arena, last December, with my wife Michelle. Rick the elder often watches his son race but was not there on this day.

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Yokohama Racing Tyres advam F4 tyres

After watching a great days racing and talked to many of the pit guys I thanked Paul for a great day out and headed for my long drive back to Yorkshire, looking forward to my next race meeting later this year.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell YOKOHAMA TYRES online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Eric Roberts