Ford KA Sport - MOT Advisory - any advice? - tessh

Hello,

I would like to buy this car but I have no idea about cars and it would be great to understand who much I might have to invest in this car in the next year and what of these I will have to fix. Any advice would be much appreciated!

Advisory Notice issued

Front x2 brake disc worn, pitted or scored, but not seriously weakened (3.5.1i)

Nearside sill Body has slight corrosion (6.1.B.2)

Offside sill Body has slight corrosion (6.1.B.2)

Nearside Front Suspension arm rubber bush deteriorated but not resulting in excessive movement (2.4.G.2)

Offside Front Suspension arm rubber bush deteriorated but not resulting in excessive movement (2.4.G.2)

Power steering pipe(s) or hose(s) slightly corroded (2.3.2)

Both front wipers split but clear screen

Child seat fitted not allowing full inspection of adult belt

Oil leak

Nearside front wheel inner bead buckled

Both rear and nearside front tyres are splitting on walls

Nearside front tyre has a sidewall repair

Bonnet catch sticky

Ford KA Sport - MOT Advisory - any advice? - Railroad.
MOT advisories are exactly that, advisories. They are items testable or non-testable which in the opinion of the tester should be brought to your attention. You are under no obligation whatsoever to have any repairs carried out on such items either by the testing station or anyone else.
Ford KA Sport - MOT Advisory - any advice? - skidpan

In my opinion you should walk away or negotiate a very good deal.

As for the reported faults.

Front x2 brake disc worn, pitted or scored, but not seriously weakened (3.5.1i)

May or may not need replacing but discs are not expensive. Sensible to replace pads at the same time otherwise it can result in poor braking whilst old pads bed to new discs. Expect £200 bill.

Nearside sill Body has slight corrosion (6.1.B.2)

Offside sill Body has slight corrosion (6.1.B.2)

Could be just surface rust, could be terminal rot, needs investigating.

Nearside Front Suspension arm rubber bush deteriorated but not resulting in excessive movement (2.4.G.2)

Offside Front Suspension arm rubber bush deteriorated but not resulting in excessive movement (2.4.G.2)

Standard problem on KA, Fiesta, Puma. Easier (and cheaper) to fit new bottom wishbone than take out old bush etc. £70 a pair for parts + fitting.

Power steering pipe(s) or hose(s) slightly corroded (2.3.2)

At least it shows there are no leaks. Just monitor.

Both front wipers split but clear screen

Cheap and simple to replace.

Child seat fitted not allowing full inspection of adult belt

Presumably child seat has now been removed and the seatbelt can be checked.

Oil leak

Standard on older Fords. Just monitor

Nearside front wheel inner bead buckled

Needs replacing. May get one off E-Bay

Both rear and nearside front tyres are splitting on walls

Need replacing. Not sure about size, allow £100 at most.

Nearside front tyre has a sidewall repair

Needs replacing. By another pair then you have 4 brand new tyres. Another £100.

Bonnet catch sticky

Apply grease. £0.

Ford KA Sport - MOT Advisory - any advice? - tessh

Thank you so much! This was extremely helpful.

Ford KA Sport - MOT Advisory - any advice? - edlithgow

"Power steering pipe(s) or hose(s) slightly corroded (2.3.2) At least it shows there are no leaks. Just monitor."

Don't just monitor. Put something on it to stop it.

If they're steel pipes. I'd favour sunflower oil and rubbing them with aluminium foil.

Ford KA Sport - MOT Advisory - any advice? - edlithgow

Likewise, whatever the investigation of your rusty sills shows, it'd be worth applying something to slow down the corrosion (after welding and repair if that proves to be necessary, though if its passed an MOT it shouldn't).

I favor spraying with engine oil thinned with diesel or kerosene, possibly with some sunflower oil mixed in, though I havn't tested the latter much in this role.

Commercial alternatives include Waxoyl (a lanolin/white spirit mixture, I think.Don't like it much) and Dinitrol (havn't used it, but its well spoken of).

Of course, both the above assume you buy the car after negotiating a discount for the faults.

Edited by edlithgow on 16/04/2014 at 07:56

Ford KA Sport - MOT Advisory - any advice? - galileo

The long list of faults suggests this has not been looked after with much care. There may well be other problems on the verge of surfacing. Unless it is really cheap I'd be inclined to look for another.

Edited by galileo on 16/04/2014 at 13:24

Ford KA Sport - MOT Advisory - any advice? - Galaxy

The long list of faults suggests this has not been looked after with much care. There may well be other problems on the verge of surfacing. Unless it is really cheap I'd be inclined to look for another.

Yes, I would agree with those thoughts. Sounds like a car that's had a hard life.

Ford KA Sport - MOT Advisory - any advice? - gordonbennet

I'll third that common sense view, only buy if its ridiculously cheap.

Many cars get a couple of advisories, but that lot's nearly into chapters.

Ford KA Sport - MOT Advisory - any advice? - MrEckerslikefromRamsbottom

If it's been neglegted to that extent of not having faulty tyres or wiper blades changed, then it won't have had an oil or filter change, either, for quite a long time! So an immediate oil and filter change is required! And a new air filter. You'll most likely find the handbrake cables corroded at the equaliser end, where it goes onto the handbrake, and handbrake cables aren't cheap.

Ford KA Sport - MOT Advisory - any advice? - edlithgow

While the common sense cautions above are appropriate, common sense cautions are ALWAYS appropriate with used cars.

You can't go wrong with common sense caution, especially if you don't have to buy a used car.

However, sometimes you have to actually take a punt.

Most of these faults are trivial, and (counsels of perfection aside) some people wouldn't bother fixing some of them (I might not fix the tyres, for example. I certainly wouldn't bother fixing an oil leak unless it was (a) easy, like, say, a rocker cover gasket, or (b) if it was an actual problem: Has it, for example, contaminated the rubber bushes and that's why they have deteriorated? Can't tell without seeing it.). So I'd probably tolerate most of these faults, yet I change my oil and filter rather often. You just can't tell.

The exception is the sill corrosion. You need to be fairly sure these aren't on the verge of needing extensive repair/replacement. If you can't asses this yourself, perhaps the seller would be willing to let you take it to a repairer for an estimate, which you could use in negotiation.

If (as is likely) they won't do that, then probably common sense caution should prevail on this occaision.

Edited by edlithgow on 17/04/2014 at 03:54

 

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