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Hi all I have had a Kuga Mk1 2010 plate for a few months now and have had intermittent keyless start issues for a while now. This morning tho it wouldnt start for over 30mins and we have tried everything including changing batteries on both keys, inserting the physical key into the ignition barrell slot, turning all mobile phones off but it doesn't start.

The car knows a key is inside as it says on the screen behind the steering wheel "to start press clutch" but when you press the clutch, brake and power button nothing happens.

Called an auto electrician but they said it needs to go to a ford dealer to run diagnostic with their specialist equipment so before I do that and get fleeced was hoping somebody maybe able to offer some advice?
 

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Hi all I have had a Kuga Mk1 2010 plate for a few months now and have had intermittent keyless start issues for a while now. This morning tho it wouldnt start for over 30mins and we have tried everything including changing batteries on both keys, inserting the physical key into the ignition barrell slot, turning all mobile phones off but it doesn't start.

The car knows a key is inside as it says on the screen behind the steering wheel "to start press clutch" but when you press the clutch, brake and power button nothing happens.

Called an auto electrician but they said it needs to go to a ford dealer to run diagnostic with their specialist equipment so before I do that and get fleeced was hoping somebody maybe able to offer some advice?
when you press the start button, do you hear an audible 'click'? Might sound very obvious, could it be your starter motor sticking?
 

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Hi Thanks for response :), I can hear something clicking but it appears to be from behind the digital radio / sat nav display screen.
 

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Garage confirmed mine passed all diagnostic tests so the car thinks there is nothing wrong.

They did identify when the clutch is pressed in all the way the clutch sensor was only registering the clutch to be pressed at 25% so the clutch sensor was replaced but to no avail.

Mine has always required the brake and the clutch to be pressed together before the power button is pressed which according to some of the other forum posts for the mk1 Kuga is a common fault. My garage hasn't tried replacing the clutch switch yet which appears to be a common thing to try.

I only bought mine 2 months ago for 5k and I really like it so really worried there appears to be so many posts on here for the same issue with no fix.
 

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I've been driving around with an extern logger in the obd plug the last 3weeks, to see if anything shows up. Yesterday It wouldnt start, so i returned the logger, hoping for some news tomorrow. The only way i can start the car after it's malfunctioned, is to remove the +battery, for 15mins, which the wife is really chuffed about
 

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I had to call recovery services who successfully reverse bumped it down my drive and I then took it to the garage. Thanks for the tip on removing the battery Ill bear that in mind and keep you posted on any progress.
 

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Did they check out the brake light switch, as this has been an issue on these vehicles for years.
 

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Just found the below on the clutch switch:


Also found this article:


Looks like there are two clutch switches that need to be checked. I'm gonna forward this to the garage now.
 

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Another thread on here having exactly the same issues!! This is certainly a nightmare!! I wonder if there is a way to contact Ford on this?

 

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This thread includes somebody who is reporting the clutch plate was at fault:

 

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This video explains the clutch switch issue that alot of Kuga owners appear to be getting replaced for the keyless start fault.

Before my Kuga would not start at all, I was having to press the brake and clutch down followed by the power button multiple times before it would eventually start which would indicate that the possibly faulty clutch switch was unable to be pressed in enough to allow the car to start.

This video is a focus rather than a Kuga but it sounds like a very similar problem:

 

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Another thread relating to clutch switch
 

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Similar issue on a fiesta and looks to be the clutch switch hanging out on one of the uploaded pics. I have always had to press both the clutch and brake to start my Kuga!!

 

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when you press the start button, do you hear an audible 'click'? Might sound very obvious, could it be your starter motor sticking?
Hi mine did it twice one day and never b4 or since.make sure all dash lights etc are off and then try,worked for me.
 

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My Kuga has been at the garage for a week now and they can't find the cause!! Brake switch, clutch sensor both replaced but to no avail, now moving on to checking all the wiring underneath the steering wheel.

Does anyone know if you can call Ford for advice on known faults?
 

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There was an issue where I had same problem when I got the car back from the service. They forgot to put the clutch sensor back correctly.
If all else fails, you can go to the Ford service and let them find it.
 

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Ok, I have just been told that my garage has identified that both the driver and passenger footwells are wet from a leak somewhere. It doesn't appear to be wet but if you lift the carpet up on both footwells it is very wet. They haven't been able to identify where the leak is coming from and advised that a body work specialist is best to identify that.

As a result of the leak 4 wires / connectors under the driver's side footwell around where the clutch sensors / switch is located have been found that are corroded.

They are replacing / soldering the wires up now and will hopefully call me with good news!!

My drive is on a slope and I park the Kuga up it front first so maybe the angle of the car is causing more water to leak in the footwells which has made the wires corrode at a greater rate to the point of failure!!

I'll keep you posted!
 

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The leak will be from missing or cracked sealant between the floorpan and the firewall. ANY half-decent Ford dealer will know of this issue. An independent garage may not know about the common problem. The water leak affects both the fuses and the power distribution module behind the glovebox.

There will doubtless also be leaks from poor sealant application at the bottom of the windscreen on the nearside. Build quality in this regard on the early Mk.1s was dreadful.
 

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Been forwarded these pics from the garage. Looks like both footwells soaked through and water damage in the wiring and connector blocks.
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