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Ford Fiesta Mk7 common problems

Ford Fiesta Mk7

Haynes can save you money throughout your car ownership experience. Using our comprehensive database, we can tell you exactly what common problems the Mk7 Ford Fiesta 2008-2017 you’re thinking about buying might suffer from, and we can show you how to diagnose and solve them. And if you already own a Mk7 Ford Fiesta (including the 2008-2012 model shown above, or the 2013-2017 version below), Haynes can help you with the service, maintenance and repair of it using a Haynes Manual or Autofix before you incur the expense of a garage visit.

The Mk7 Fiesta has had common problems that include a loose seatbelt anchorage bolt, a coolant leak from around the timing cover, and transmission oil leaks. This article will explain what these issues involve and how the DIY mechanic can repair these at home and save money with Haynes.

So, we’re here to offer all the advice, data and help you might need as you do it yourself with Haynes.

Check out this Fiesta Mk7 routine maintenance guide

Ford Fiesta Mk7 2013-2017
Ford Fiesta Mk7 2008-2012 manual

What recalls has the Ford Fiesta 2008-2017 been subject to?

The Ford Fiesta 2008-2017 has been the subject of a number of recalls throughout its life, so if you’re buying one, you need to make sure all the relevant work has been carried out. Early diesel cars were recalled because of water getting into the glowplug control unit, causing it to overheat. Numerous models were recalled because of faulty rear seatbelt buckles; these should have been renewed. Four-cylinder petrol cars were also recalled because of a leak from the coolant pump. Some cars were also recalled because they had been fitted with rear suspension bolts of an inferior specification.

However, it’s easy to solve common problems for the Ford Fiesta 2008-2017 with the Haynes Fiesta 2008-2012 manual or Autofix, or the Haynes Fiesta 2013-2017 manual or Autofix.

Ford Fiesta Mk7 2013-2017 manual

What common problems does the Ford Fiesta 2008-2017 have?

All versions of the Ford Fiesta 2008-2017 have been known to suffer from incorrectly tightened front right upper seatbelt mounting points, which could cause the seatbelt to become detached in an accident. The solution is simply to tighten the bolts to the correct torque, which is a simple procedure.

The remote central locking ‘plipper’ has been known to fail. 

However, it’s easy to solve Ford Fiesta common problems such as these by using the Haynes Fiesta 2008-2012 manual or Autofix, or the Haynes Fiesta 2013-2017 manual or Autofix.

Does the Mk7 Ford Fiesta have coolant-leak problems?

Some four-cylinder petrol versions of the Mk7 Ford Fiesta 2008-2017 have suffered issues with their coolant pump leaking. This is known to affect both 1.25-litre models and 1.4-litre cars. The only solution is to renew the coolant pump, which is quite an involved procedure but one that a DIY mechanic should have little trouble completing by following the in-depth chapter in the relevant Haynes Manual.

Some 1.0-litre EcoBoost models have also been known to fall victim to a coolant leak from around the timing cover. The solution is to remove the timing cover and renew the rubber seal. Again, this is covered in the Haynes Manual for the Ford Fiesta 2008-2017.

Solve drivetrain problems for the Ford Fiesta Mk7 with the Haynes Fiesta 2008-2012 manual or Autofix, or the Haynes Fiesta 2013-2017 manual or Autofix.

Service your Ford Fiesta cooling system with our handy free video below:

Does the Ford Fiesta 2008-2017 have fire risk problems?

Some owners of the Ford Fiesta 2008-2017 have reported problems with the glow plug control unit. Water can get into the unit and cause it to overheat, increasing the risk of fire. However, it’s easy enough to replace the glowplug control unit if you follow the procedure listed in your Ford Fiesta 2008-2017 Haynes Manual.

But don't worry, it's easy to fix most Ford Fiesta 2008-2017 problems by following the Haynes Fiesta 2008-2012 manual or Autofix, or the Haynes Fiesta 2013-2017 manual or Autofix.

Ford Fiesta 2008-2017 dashboard

Does the Ford Fiesta 2008-2017 have remote key problems?

Some owners of the Ford Fiesta 2008-2017 have reported sudden failure of the remote ‘plipper’ key. The source of the issue is almost always a depleted battery in the key, and it’s easy to swap. The procedure is covered by the relevant Haynes Manual.

Fixing Ford Fiesta 2008-2017 problems is made a whole lot easier if you use the Haynes Fiesta 2008-2012 manual or Autofix, or the Haynes Fiesta 2013-2017 manual or Autofix.