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I bought a 2001 ford ka, the car still seems to be running hot. By that i mean from a cold start is able to use the heater on full heat within a minute, the engine is getting hot really fast and the electric fan is cutting in and out after only a 15 minute run and turns the car off you can hear gurgling and bubbling from the water pipes around the engine which doesnt seem to be getting any better somtims the fan is working and sometimes not working. please help me . THANK YOU, AHMAD GRAN

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Check and probably change the Temperature switch on the back side of the engine costs about 10 sterling to buy. The thermostat valve may be stuck open . This is at the front of the engine and can take about half an hour to change . You will need to buy a new Thermostatic Valve and paper seal which usually comes with them.
Make sure there is nothing on the body of the Thermastat unit and the base before putting the new card seal in place or it will leak.
Use an old chissel, paint scraper or screwdriver to get all the excess of when the old Thermostatic valve is still in place. This stops any bits going into the water and contaminating the system.
Ford KAs also have problems with the heat exchanger units situated at the backend of the engine compartment between the 2 wipers. The Heat inside the car will be rediculous and you may not be able switch it lower. This part is about 15 sterling to buy and takes about an hour as you need to take all the wiper panelling off to gain access to it. Apotchy job but the heaters work ok after.

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Ford KA has the same "problem"as some other cars in as much you should "vent the topmost hot hose,after flushing or refilling the system."...with the engine running and the cap off the expansion tank.undo the clip on the topmost hot hose and allow any air to vent(wear rubber gloves, cos its real hot...)then top up the tank.

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