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Hi Help.we have a 2010 2.0 Kuga Titanium AWD Diesel which we bought new. After many yes driving with only normal service related issues ie particle filter. It suddenly died. To be exact. We were out we parked the car all normal, came back later and nothing. No lights no power .it was as if there was no Battery. Taken to a Ford Garage and they put a New Battery on and it started ok. But none of the windows would open or close or the wipers etc. Apparently the lights came on but not much else. The garage had the computer on it and said it was not showing a fault .well we are in France so I may have a poor translation of that .I left them to finish the diagnosis .they called me 1hr later to say that they could no longer start the car and it must have a massive short circuit. They recommend buying another and will offer me a small tradei n. Current value of the car is about 7.500 euros.
 

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Hi @Garyrs and welcome to the forum. Please have a read of the link below and enter your car details in the signature box which will save you having to say what car you have in future posts.


As for your problem it is a known fact the MK1 suffered from a water leak above the fuse box. If your carpets are wet on the passenger side this is a good sign. No doubt in France you have better weather than us and I would suggest looking to see if you have any corrosion in this area.

In addition your model also suffered with failure of the instrument cluster due to the soldered joints breaking down.

I hink the diagnosis from the ford garage is poor and suggest you get a second opinion from someone else. Ford garages do not always know best.

Without a proper diagnosis it is difficult to establish the fault. Did the ford garage give you a copy of the diagnostic report.
 

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Hi @Garyrs and welcome to the forum. Please have a read of the link below and enter your car details in the signature box which will save you having to say what car you have in future posts.


As for your problem it is a known fact the MK1 suffered from a water leak above the fuse box. If your carpets are wet on the passenger side this is a good sign. No doubt in France you have better weather than us and I would suggest looking to see if you have any corrosion in this area.

In addition your model also suffered with failure of the instrument cluster due to the soldered joints breaking down.

I hink the diagnosis from the ford garage is poor and suggest you get a second opinion from someone else. Ford garages do not always know best.

Without a proper diagnosis it is difficult to establish the fault. Did the ford garage give you a copy of the diagnostic report.
some good advice there and exactly what I was going to suggest on the fuse box and instrument cluster
 

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some good advice there and exactly what I was going to suggest on the fuse box and instrument cluster
Pretty poor from the ford garage I think but at least they haven't thrown a lot of parts at it trying to make it work.

First thing I would be doing on this after checking for water ingress would be all electrical connectors starting from the battery.
 
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Thanks for the input guys. At the moment it is still at Ford. I spoke to Ford France who say they will send a specialist sparks to look at it. When I spoke to the garage they were not convinced it would happen.
When they first checked it. With a new Battery it started but had no power to windows and other components of which I cannot remember. The radio and lights worked but the center clock/display was stuck at the time it was started. I did find a post on a website with the process for checking to see if the components were receiving a signal and iy said that doors should be closed, they were texting her with doors open. I imagine that they only have basic training. Coincidentally there was another Kuga there same model with similar issues.
 

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Re parts. That's what they are saying. They will give me a quote to change individual components as they can't pinpoint a fault and the cost could eventually rise above a few thousand euros. Hence they think she should be scrapped.
 

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Would I be correct in saying Mk1's can also commonly have alternator failures? I recall someone mentioning it in the past.
 

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The instrument cluster is a common fault too, as with the focus and other ford cars from this era with the same clocks. Errors can be anything from not displaying speed to not being able to start the car.
 

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There are some reasonable suggestions of possible causes above but checking for them or checking lots of connections is a laborious (expensive) way to find a fault.

When you have multiple symptoms that all occurred at the same time they likely have the same root cause. What I would do is to pick something simple and follow that system. For example, what does the clock need to run? Is it receiving power? Where does it get its power from? etc. etc.
 

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Hi everyone. Thank you for all your suggestions. It has helped me get my head around things. The result at the moment is that they changed the Body control unit under the passenger side the one with all the fuses in and that has solved the problem. And fitted a new battery total a little over €1000. Since it came back last week I have noticed a juddering on the steering when I turn left. It fine turning right though. I know I have a slight fluid leak in the power steering but have never had a problem with actual steering symptoms. I know they winched it backwards on the bed of the truck when it broke down but I have know idea about them unloading it at the tow garage or indeed the reloading or subsequent reloading and unloading at the ford garage.so difficult to pinpoint but is it possible it was damaged in 6he recovery p5ocess
 
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