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Ford Ka 1.3i /1999 aircon retrofit help

540itouring on Thu May 01, 2008 6:14 PM User is offline

Year: 1996
Make: Ford
Model: KA
Engine Size: 1.3i
Refrigerant Type: R134a
Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Hi , i have just got a 06/1999 Ford Ka 1.3i (i think this is called a endura, cast , ohv , 8 valve engine) which is called a Ka and does not have aircon. I can get all parts from a breakers at a good price but would like to here from members who know about these cars. I think Ka2 &3 had aircon as standard from about 98 onwards but not sure. I would like to know thinks like

Do all Ka modes have the same wiring loom of this age ?
Were all engines the same type for this age
What parts do i need to get from the salvage yard like mounting brackets , sensors , compressor , pipes , condensor , evaporator ,
Will the ECU be able to control the compressor clutch ?
Do i require any engine bay wiring or loom.
Does the drive belt need to be bigger and also is the crank shaft pulley the same ?

I work with electronics and have done car aircon retrofit many years ago on a 1984 mk2 ford granada. I have all tools to vac and recharge the system when it is all fitted. I know the dash will need to come out and can not be as involved as a bmw e39 dash that i have taken out and refitted with no problem.
I just need to know a complete list of parts that i need to make sure that i have from the salvage yard.

ps this is my cheap run around car as my other cars are a BMW E39 540 and a Ja\guar XJR6 (X300) but to save on fuel costs will only use them on sundays and a fun car for work.

Thanks for your help and would like to hear from any members that have any info of any think todo with aircon on these models . Thanks again in advance

Karl Hofmann on Fri May 02, 2008 2:35 PM User is offlineView users profile

I'm afraid that I cant really help you on the wiring or ECU issues but to fit aircon from a scrapper to a 96 Ka suggests that you must be a sucker for punishment... Sell it and buy one with aircon on it or best buy a donor with a rear end shunt and strip it all down for parts and be prepaired to replace corroded parts with new.... Have fun

Never knock on deaths door... Ring the doorbell and run away, death really hates that!

Edited: Fri May 02, 2008 at 2:36 PM by Karl Hofmann

UK Tech on Fri May 02, 2008 3:20 PM User is offline

I think everything is on the engine side of the bulkhead on these, so no dash removal reqd. The wiring is anyones guess, but these early ones had the old crossflow engine, whereas later ones didn't. I would just hard wire it. I should think it's nearly rusted away by now, though. Some 3 year old ones are failing MOT's due to corrosion in the usual areas.

540itouring on Fri May 02, 2008 5:07 PM User is offline

The car is a june 1999 reg car and not a 1996 !
I will look under the car next week but looks like only minor rust as far as i can see so far.

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