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Ford Ka OHV 1.3i Engine

Hello. I have a Ford Ka that has developed a loss of power and seens to be using a lot of oil without and sknoke or oil from the tail pipe.
I thought that I would clean the air filter for the fuel injection and found this to be contaminated with a lot of oil. Any suggestions as to why?
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  • shaz254 Sep 11, 2008

    hello i have a 1999 ford ka and sometimes when i go round a corner or when slowing down at junctions or traffic light my battery and oil light come on then my car looks like its going to cut out but it doesnt it does sometimes but not all the time any ideas what could be causing this before i take it to a garage any help gratefully recieved many thanks sharon

  • Kaylieh Jan 22, 2009

    My 51 plate Ka is losing power, its started to chug, as if its missing and now my engine light has come on. It happened back in August and it was the plugs going in to the engine. Its just passed an mot and had a service in September. Any ideas of what this could be I have tried pushing the plugs myself but hasnt made a difference? Help! Thank you.

  • charleychick May 05, 2009

    my ford ka is a p reg i love my car only had it 7 months and it started to chug and slow down on the park way day before yesterday when i opened the bonnet there was no water and no oil it was hissing there was a small hole in the pipe near where the oil went and the engine started to smoke i managed to drive it back to my dads but as i slowed down it kept cutting out we have since filled it with water and oil but its startin but then cuts out i been told it may be the rings or the head gasket



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The motor has what is called a positive crankcase ventilation system (PCV - hence the valve). It also has a pipe that goes from the top of the motor to the air cleaner. If your piston rings are well warn, the added pressure that this produces will force a quantity of oil into the air cleaner. A small amount is normal. You are probably losing some oil through the rings as well. The loss of power may be that your compression is low from the bad rings. You can check the compression yourself. They sell compression testers for about 30 bucks. Follow the directions. If a piston does read low compression, squirt some motor oil in the cylinder after the first test. If the reading goes up, that means that the rings are bad.

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