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.

ford kuga malfunction light

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

[bctt tweet=”The Ford Kuga Had being driving locally about Halifax. When the “Engine malfunction light” came on” username=”pellonauto”]

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 

51 replies
  1. Eric johnstone
    Eric johnstone says:

    Hi I have a ford kuga of which shows this same fault But on my kuga this symble flashes on startup and does this now and again I have changed the oil and filter and done the 2 peddle reset but it still does its flash may be once a week or when it feels like it no fault codes and no limp mode runs fine have you any other ideas what could cause this. Thanks

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  2. Mark Taylor
    Mark Taylor says:

    Eric, my ’09 Kuga does the same thing. The warning comes on every 3-6 months but never limp mode so far, touch wood.
    I’ve been told it’s just a very sensitive system and unavoidable?!

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      • Martin perrett
        Martin perrett says:

        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 ofelec 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 fancoming 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 isen viable !!! 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

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    • Eric
      Eric says:

      Hi Phil i am sure that you are aware by now that the Ford Kuga has many electrical issues? we have to take each case as it comes along? it could be caused by a fuse failure. The brake related/engine light problems are usually associated with a fuse that needs changing? strange but true? thanks eric http://www.pellonautocentre.com/our-blog

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  3. Tom
    Tom says:

    Hi, interesting topic. I’ve just bought a 2013 Kuga and was out in the Lakes friday/saturday (very wet and rainy and a good bit of standing water) when the “engine malfunction service now” light came on. No drop in power and certainly no limp mode. The light went off of it’s own accord and came back on whilst heading down the M6. Got home, and turned the engine on last night and no warnings. Any thoughts?

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    • Eric
      Eric says:

      Hi this is a familiar story? they have a mind of their own.I dont know other than connecting up to an engine management machine and checking for codes that may need resetting.Some garages do a free checkup to £30 or see if it settles down again? thanks eric roberts

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  4. john
    john says:

    My 2009 kuga cut out and wouldnt start again till codes were reset .When engine malfunction is reset does it normaly work as im kinda scared to use it now in case it cuts out again in middle of nowhere

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  5. Debra
    Debra says:

    I have a Ford Kuga 2009 2ltr diesel AWD. My engine malfunction light came on whilst driving a short journey on Saturday. It now keeps coming on when starting up. Should I be worried about this? It hasn’t gone into limp mode (I had that earlier in the year with the DPF sensor). I am due to go on a long journey at weekend and am now worried. I know the obvious thing is to book it in a garage but I have just paid out over £1000 for a new clutch on it and this month £260 on a new alternator so funds are low. Please can anyone put my mind at rest?

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  6. Lee
    Lee says:

    Hi all engine management light came on no limp mode runs fine took it into the garage they are saying due to the short journey trips it registering contaminated oil as anybody else had this its happened five times now all they do is reset the fault code any ideas thanks Lee

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  7. Carl
    Carl says:

    Hi great topic.
    I have a 2011 kuga in September last year my engine light came on went into limp mode I took it to an local garage that did a diagnostic tests and shown it needed a DPF regeneration.
    Unfortunately he couldn’t do it as the software that was on the Ford had to be done by a Ford dealer. I tried another garage told them the situation and they had all the latest version of software and it still wouldn’t let him do the regeneration. No charge on both diagnostic
    So of to ford we.went.
    They charged me over £400 to supply and fit a new DPF sensor £50 from a dealer.
    I’ve recently had the engine light on again and it’s gone into limp.mode.
    I phone ford and told them I want it looked at and guys what they want to charge me. Could this be the same problem again ?

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    • Eric
      Eric says:

      HI thanks for a good comment i may use it in one of my blogs. Unfortunately, the main dealers are up to their eyes in bonus schemes??? this means that they do anything to extort money from a customer. It was unfortunate of you to pick a couple of garages without this equipment. In general good local indi garages are the best value. I hope you have learned from this and have had your car fixed? eric roberts MD pellon autocentre http://www.pellonautocentre..com/our-blog/

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  8. Spall
    Spall says:

    Hi, my ford kuga 59plate had the engine management light come on last week. Took to the garage they said it was to do with the dpf and that it needed cleaning, told me they would reset warning light and to take for a 30minute drive above 50mph to try to burn the spot build up. I done this and the car has been fine. (No limp mode when light came on) then last night dropping my brother home engine management light came on and whilst driving the car flashed the engine malfunction warning. ( still no limp mode car driving fine) Called rac told me it’s to do with dpf again. Took to garage who run diagnostics and they had said it needs a service. But the malfunction warning is still appearing when car is started. No orange engine management light though. Is it ok to drive my car until the garage I use can service it. Please help.

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  9. Angela
    Angela says:

    My Ford Kuga 08 is flashing engine malfunction red. AWD fault – diagnostics says will eventually fail causing back wheels to seize whilst driving, needs new Helix system at £1300 part plus vat and fitting = £2376. Need to get rid very soon!

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  10. Belle Gurney
    Belle Gurney says:

    My 2011 Kuga has just started having an Engine malfunction warning come on and loss of power. I pulled over and switched the engine of for 5 minutes. went for a few days no problem, then today driving along at 50 and it came on again and again loss of power. I have read alot of the feedback on hear but cant afford fords costly prices. Garage I normaly go to dont have the diagnostics for other makes after 2009

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  11. Milly78
    Milly78 says:

    Hi
    I’ve literally just purchased a 2009 Ford Kuga 2.0 TDCI. Today.
    I Have driven it this afternoon it was fine, then again tonight (the weather tonight has been heavy rain) and the EMS light has come on solid amber, but it’s not limping. What should I do? Could it turn off if I give it a good run? Apparently it was used for short distance commute no long drives.

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  12. footballmad
    footballmad says:

    hi eric , i have had my ford kuga 2010 for 5 years now and never had any trouble up until this christmas when the alternator and new battery was fitted , unfortunatley i was at my mums in east yorkshire so all work was done over there , i live in halifax so not so easy to re visit the garage as the engine malfunction light keeps coming on had to a garage he has changed a few fuses that had blown but the code p269f is showing , and reading throw the post this is an expensive do , it just seems funny this started straight after the alternator was fitted could they have got air into the system some how just looking for some options

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    • Eric
      Eric says:

      Hi sorry to hear best bring it in if poss so we can have a look or perhaps in Hull its a free check at most places? good luck? and dare i say it “happy new year” eric

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  13. Krissie auton
    Krissie auton says:

    Hi eric
    Really hoping you can help my kuga has starting showing the engine malfunction light took it to the garage and oil and filters changed 3 mths later same again but a light came on the dash garage resetted it £80 said try that then on way home did it again took it straight back they said it was to do wjth the exhaust and it need a new thing £275 now they are saying its not that… only had the car ayear… any ideas its when you go over 3000 revs the light comes on… and limp mode..pls help as we think the garage have no idea

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  14. shannon
    shannon says:

    Bought a 65 plate kuga 2.0 diesel and drove it today on a long journey and on my way home the engine service message come up on the dash board and has gone into limp mode,, i am contacting ford as im still in my 3 years but seeing all this messages now gets me worried i have bought a problem car but yet spent alot of money purchasing the car and i see everyone with problems i literally have no luck with cars what so ever. Going to put it in for a service and hopefully this will solve the problem

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  15. Don J
    Don J says:

    Bought a 2012 Ford Kuga Dec 2017. Recently awd malfunction warnings started appearing. Even though I have booked it in with the dealer. I have been researching to prepare myself, apparently tyres could be one reason also could it be electrical? I was told it could be expensive to rectify?

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  16. Thomas B
    Thomas B says:

    Hi, I’ve got a 2011 Ford Kuga Titanium 2.0 Diesel with a Automatic Powershift Gear Box, i took it out to drop my girlfriend and her son down to school and it was fine, got back home and done some work to then run back out and do a similar distant run to then have the Engine light come on and then the car to start missing 2nd, 4th and 6th gears. It came up saying Transmission limited function, It’s recently had oil and filter changes and a new alternator. The only gears that work are 1st, 3rd, 5th and reverse. When i have the car in park the P is flashing which i haven’t noticed before either?

    Hope you can shine some light on this i’ve literally just done a run from Essex to Northern Ireland 400+ mile trip with no problems to then that happen when i get here.

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  17. Rachael
    Rachael says:

    Hi I was driving my 2010 plate Ford Kuga titanium home from a day out with my family and the engine malfunction light came on so I pulled over and turned engine off.. I waited 5 mins before trying to start car but with no luck.. RAC came out tried diff battery , but I knew it was nt the battery as radio, lights etc came on. He then over rid it and got it started and told me to drive to my garage, the car was fine all the way back .The garage could nt find anything wrong with it as he’d wiped codes off. Took car home all was good for fee day s until it did the same thing again and the car went into limp mode So I pulled over but then the accelerator reduced amber sign came on with the picture of car and skid marks I did nt turn the engine off this time though. I gave it 5 mins and decided to try and get it home. I pulled off with full power back in it (strange) got it home turned it off and tried to see if it would start… it did so took to garage following day they still could nt find anything but thought might be alternator as it had a ripple or trickle but that was changed two years previously along with battery. Again sent away this time with new alternator but 5 mins down the road the engine malfunction light came on at the traffic lights kept engine running accelerator reduced light came on and picture of car with skid marks then appeared . Again waited 5 mins and pulled off with full power straight back to garage .again it was put on machine and nothing came up.this happened few more times b4 I could nt restart it in Tesco s carpark. I was towed back to the garage where they over rid it and started it up again. This time they decided it was the electrics. I then had to pay to have the car towed to my home and have this electrics guy out to check car., he seems to think it s all leading to the cluster box as the car thinks it s been stolen ☹️The cluster box has now been sent away so I m hoping it ll sort the problem as I m totally broke after paying out continuously the last 3 wks

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