Another busy day at Pellonautocentre here in Halifax, saw us with another car problem to solve, albeit not that difficult. The car in question was a black 2009 2ltr TDC1 Ford Kuga, a
model that was conceived from a little known, Losis X concept car. It was a Martin Smith the Ford design chief who is attributed to the shape features 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 have a Peugeot 2litre Diesel engine fitted, which nowadays is a popular thing to do amongst the car manufacturers, to share technology and even engines, so it seems. This car is available in two or four wheel drive, but our car was a two wheel drive version. In my opinion the car was not particularly made for four wheel driving, but more suitable for the school run, and people who like to be a little higher up than a normal car.
One thing we have noticed about the Ford Kuga is the lack of power when pulling away and we felt a little nervous at some roundabouts, but this is common on some of these crossover cars. Our customer has had this car back to Ford for all sorts of problems when the car was under warranty, including a faulty gearbox, but now prefers to bring it 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 about Halifax when the “Engine malfunction light” came on and the car went into “Limp mode”. This can happen when the engine management system thinks that the engine oil has been DE-graded for some Reasons Malfunction Indicator Comes on. The malfunction light customer then limped into us to have the car looked at. After a bit of investigating our
chief mechanics Ryan Linton discovered that this was a fairly common fault and that 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 30mph, 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?
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