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John Walton, Yorkshire

Fiat Punto 2001

Hi. My Fiat Punto`s heater fan has just stopped working. I`ve looked at the fuse but I`m not sure where to look now. Any ideas? Thank you.

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I had same problem. Under the glove box right hand side wiggle the wires to see if it comes on. Look on google how to remove glove box and you will see where the wires plug in. Just push them onto connector .. worked for me :) Karen Appleyard from Cheshire

Hi. I have had this problem before on my wife’s mk1 and mk2 Puntos. I fixed it on both occasions by removing the resistor next to the heater motor (under the dash near the passenger door), it is held in place by 2-3 screws. When removed it is green with a wired plug at 1 end. At the top of it there is what looks like an electrical component connecting 2 pins. It is this component that I bypassed by soldering a piece of 20amp fuse wire across the 2 pins then screwed the whole thing back and they have worked ever since costing the time and 20 pence Stuart from Leicestershire

easiest fix ever thanks Karen wiggled wires and away it went again thanks just got to keep big footed passengers from kicking wires thanks again robert from Perth and Kinross

easiest fix ever thanks Karen wiggled wires and away it went again thanks just got to keep big footed passengers from kicking wires thanks again robert from Perth and Kinross

Submitted: 29/11/2012 15:58:41 | ID: 63847

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Mrs J Glenn, South Yorkshire

Fiat Grande Punto

Three days ago at Fiat main dealer I had a MAP sensor replaced because I couldn't start the engine, not been very far since but tonight 08/02/15 I was travelling along ok then my acceleration failed and then I noticed the radiator fan was on. I restarted the engine and acceleration was back, then after approx. 1 mile the same again - engine off again, restarted with acceleration. What can the problem be? Thank you

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Where are the fuses and obd2 connection onGrande Punto 2006 1.4 16v sporting. the information in the Fiat owners handbook is completely wrong? With thanks. 26/4/15 L.Pearce from West Sussex

Submitted: 08/02/2015 20:41:00 | ID: 111155

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SIMON DOWDEN, Somerset

Fiat Panda

MY FIAT PANDA MAKE A LOUD SQUEALING NOISE BUT IT ONLY HAPPENS AFTER A LONG DRIVE COMING FROM THE LEFT SIDE OR FRONT RIGHT SIDE BUT ONLY WHEN I TURN THE STEERING WHEEL SLIGHT TO THE LEFT OR RIGHT. I DONT THINKS ITS THE BEARINGS AS THE NOISE ONLY HAPPENS AFTER DRIVING FOR ABOUT HOUR AND NOT ALL THE TIME.

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Any squealing noises from the wheels is usually the brake pads (or something in the pads, stones or rubble) just catching the discs. The pads should be checked for thickness or damage, but it is usually the pistons in the calipers not allowing the pads to return of the brake disc. A good cleaning of the caliper components would be cheapest from a spares point of view but expensive labour would cost more then new calipers and pads (and possibly discs). The reason it des not happen straight away is that it will take a number of brake applications before the discs heat up and expand to contact the pads. If there is unusual tyre wear then that is the bearings, get the bearings replaced as soon as possible. bcooper from South Yorkshire

Any squealing noises from the wheels is usually the brake pads (or something in the pads, stones or rubble) just catching the discs. The pads should be checked for thickness or damage, but it is usually the pistons in the calipers not allowing the pads to return of the brake disc. A good cleaning of the caliper components would be cheapest from a spares point of view but expensive labour would cost more then new calipers and pads (and possibly discs). The reason it des not happen straight away is that it will take a number of brake applications before the discs heat up and expand to contact the pads. If there is unusual tyre wear then that is the bearings, get the bearings replaced as soon as possible. bcooper from South Yorkshire

Submitted: 27/05/2014 21:46:59 | ID: 96283

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Nick Dale, Oxfordshire

Fiat Doblo Cargo 2003

Hi there. I would be very grateful if anyone could tell me if an RAC fault code finder would fit my Fiat Doblo Cargo 1.9 diesel van 2003? It`s a 16 pin. Many thanks.

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Yes: All cars and light commercials sold in the EU since 2001 use the same EOBD scheme, including connector. Conor from Ireland

Submitted: 19/11/2012 10:08:50 | ID: 63776

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jim Samele, Surrey

Fiat Doblo

Anyone know how the park lights go on and is it automatic on these vans as I`ve tried everything?

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There's a small button on the ignition switch, beside the ignition key slot. Push the button in as you remove the ignition key and your parking lights will remain on! Conor from Ireland

There's a small button on the ignition switch, beside the ignition key slot. Push the button in as you remove the ignition key and your parking lights will remain on! Conor from Ireland

Submitted: 22/01/2015 14:33:12 | ID: 110106

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Peter Cousins, Hertfordshire

Fiat Ducato 1986

I am in the process of buying a Fiat Ducato based coachbuilt motorhome, but I do not know what van chassis this was built on. As I will need to get new discs and pads for the front brakes as well as other parts I have tried searching using the vin No, but I end up dredging up loads of websites without answers. Can anybody help me out please? Thanks. (Fiat Ducato 2.5 diesel)

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Peter, we have a 1998 Hymer (imported LHD) based on a Ducato chassis with 2.5 TD lump. Unless Fiat made their own motorhomes, the chassis will be a Ducato, everything above that someone elses handiwork. The original VIN number should be good for most mechanical parts, but useless for anything above floor level, ie wiper motor etc. Most mechanical parts on our van have been fairly standard and easy to replace. I’m trying to identify what sort of exhaust system mine has - lots of fun and games. Regards. Simon Barnes from Hertfordshire

Thanks for your answer Simon a year on I have been pulling my hair out trying to find hoses for the cooling system websites advertise Fiat ducato spares enter the vehicle details and voila! 'Not found' comes up I've tried asking Fiat 'specialist' garages and can't even get a straight answer tohow many hoses are there on this model, I think I'll get a ford next time less hassle. Peter Peter Cousins from Hertfordshire

Thanks for your answer Simon a year on I have been pulling my hair out trying to find hoses for the cooling system websites advertise Fiat ducato spares enter the vehicle details and voila! 'Not found' comes up I've tried asking Fiat 'specialist' garages and can't even get a straight answer tohow many hoses are there on this model, I think I'll get a ford next time less hassle. Peter Peter Cousins from Hertfordshire

Submitted: 14/02/2014 10:46:53 | ID: 60590

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sid, Tyne and Wear

Fiat Ducato

Where is the horn relay on my 1994 ducato motorhome thanks

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The ones i have seen are on the of side under the hedlight at back of bumperbar.get some one to pres horn button while you stand at the front of van and listen. brian from North Yorkshire

SORRY i read it wrong .I thaught you ment the horn sorry.if you look under the bonnet there may be a black cover if you undo cover there is fuses and relays under there.hope it helps you brian from North Yorkshire

Submitted: 02/04/2015 20:10:57 | ID: 114217

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Les Haighway, Australia

Fiat Ducato

Hi, i have a Fiat Ducato 160 multi jet 2010 model, just above the gear box there are two reservoir one is bigger than the other, the small one has a leak, does anyone know what it is. The vehicle has an A T M. Thanks for your help.

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Hi Mate, sorry unable to give you the answer as I am trying to find out also. My problem is that in our 2009, 160 multi jet I am unable to select a gear. This has just happened as it has been in storage for past 2 months. When I started it the transmission light is blinking and telling me "transmission failure". When I try to select Reverse or 1 I get the message "gear unavailable" Not nice with only 27k on the clock. Most fiat service centres I rang in Sydney and Melbourne will not give you any info other than say get it towed to a service centre. Again not nice when the nearest is 85k away. One service man in Melbourne mentioned that I had to find the 2 reservoirs above the gearbox, both clear plastic and one bigger than the other. He said the small one is likely to be empty and this was my problem. He said to fill the small one with brake fluid but not to touch the big one and this should fix the problem. I am reluctant at this stage to do that until I speak with him again. Did you get any assistance to your enquiry that may also help me. many thanks Bruce from Australia

Hi Mate, sorry unable to give you the answer as I am trying to find out also. My problem is that in our 2009, 160 multi jet I am unable to select a gear. This has just happened as it has been in storage for past 2 months. When I started it the transmission light is blinking and telling me "transmission failure". When I try to select Reverse or 1 I get the message "gear unavailable" Not nice with only 27k on the clock. Most fiat service centres I rang in Sydney and Melbourne will not give you any info other than say get it towed to a service centre. Again not nice when the nearest is 85k away. One service man in Melbourne mentioned that I had to find the 2 reservoirs above the gearbox, both clear plastic and one bigger than the other. He said the small one is likely to be empty and this was my problem. He said to fill the small one with brake fluid but not to touch the big one and this should fix the problem. I am reluctant at this stage to do that until I speak with him again. Did you get any assistance to your enquiry that may also help me. many thanks Bruce from Australia

Submitted: 11/03/2015 02:15:39 | ID: 113128

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Gifford Ryan, England

Fiat Scudo 2004

Hi. My Fiat Scudo`s hazard warning lights are not working. I`ve changed the hazard switch but still no hazard lights although my indicators work okay. Any suggestions?

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hiya, have you checked the bulbs behind the cluster, my suggestuion would be to remove the cluster, only 4 Phillips screws, most likely this will be the problem if you have tried other avenues!.. imran from West Yorkshire

Thoroughly clean the connectors that attach the wires to the back of the light cluster. I had the same problem, it's because they use cheap alloy connectors and they corrode with a white powdery surface that prevents a good electrical connection. Paul from Hampshire

Thoroughly clean the connectors that attach the wires to the back of the light cluster. I had the same problem, it's because they use cheap alloy connectors and they corrode with a white powdery surface that prevents a good electrical connection. Paul from Hampshire

Thoroughly clean the connectors that attach the wires to the back of the light cluster. I had the same problem, it's because they use cheap alloy connectors and they corrode with a white powdery surface that prevents a good electrical connection.Paul from Hampshire

Submitted: 18/11/2013 11:35:21 | ID: 58014

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Graham Webb, East Sussex

Fiat Stilo

The rear offside flashing indicator light is "lazy" on my Stilo - it works but can hardly be seen. I have drivers behind me hooting at me because it looks as though I have not indicated to turn right. I've removed the bulb and put it back again since it had not blown. This situation was picked up on at the last MOT but is not a fail fault. Anybody any ideas what else I can check?

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I had that problem. The issue was that insulation on the cable to (under) the rear light was somehow worn out, it was an cheap fix at the garage. The similar thing happened to the cable that supplies the cooling vent (this one is in the cabin) also a cheap fix. I believe that insulation is not top quality... Mladen Krsmanovic from Serbia

I had that problem. The issue was that insulation on the cable to (under) the rear light was somehow worn out, it was an cheap fix at the garage. The similar thing happened to the cable that supplies the cooling vent (this one is in the cabin) also a cheap fix. I believe that insulation is not top quality. Mladen Krsmanovic from Serbia

Submitted: 18/02/2015 12:55:49 | ID: 111786

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Gordon Thorburn, Ayrshire

Fiat Doblo 2004

My Fiat Doblo`s front washer, rear washer and rear wiper don’t work, only the front wipers work. What can I do?

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It sounds like the wiper arm spindle has seized in its casing, there is a plastic sheath that it turns in and muck and dirt tend to build up inside. It can be stripped and cleaned, it's quite fiddly but saves the cost of a new oneDavid Poole from West Midlands

It sounds like the wiper arm spindle has seized in its casing, there is a plastic sheath that it turns in and muck and dirt tend to build up inside. It can be stripped and cleaned, it's quite fiddly but saves the cost of a new one David Poole from West Midlands

Submitted: 26/11/2013 12:05:31 | ID: 58642

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Mark Wickenden, Kent

Fiat Scudo 1999

I’m just getting my van MOT worthy. No problems with van apart from speedo has packed up (probably sensor). I gave van oil/filters change, needed it badly and test drove it up the road, excessive blue smoke, now all clear and running very sweet. It must have drawn oil in to system due to blocked filter, used Morrisons diesel treatment with the fuel, which I highly recommend at only £3.00 a pop, great stuff. Just mix half with a gallon of diesel and pop it in tank. Have now got to replace one rear suspension bush and my question is are they easy to do? Do they have to be extracted out? 5th gear goes in off the throttle, but when revving it starts to disengage and grind??? Apart from that the earlier vans are your best choice in my opinion.

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Hi Mark, I changed both rear suspension bushes on my Scudo 1.9td 1999. Hell of a job. The whole rear axel has to be taken down, brake lines, hand brake lines, suspension springs etc, brake regulator and role bars. Once down I had to saw out the bushings with a hacksaw then, to insert the new bushings, l had to build a home made extractor by using an old truck jack and soldering a metal frame to size. I did it in the end. Don’t hammer out the old bushings and I advise you to change both at the same time. Denis Cauchi Inglott from Italy

Hi, we have just changed the rear suspension bushes on a 2004 Fiat Scudo, the""easy" way. Jack up back of the vehicle. Put axle stands under rear jacking points. Remove rear wheels. Remove rear springs to release tension on bush bolts. Release handbrake cables etc from suspension arm. Remove bush bolts using 18mm spanners. Gently lower suspension arm, being careful not to damage the flexible brake lines. Using a hacksaw with the teeth facing into the frame, cut through the outer shell of the bush. When the blade binds, you are there. Drift out the bush remains. Using a length of threaded bar (preferably 12mm high tensile) and a combination of large washers and sockets, pull the new bush into the arm. Put a smear of grease in the housing to assist insertion and be careful not to press on centre boss of bush. Once both bushes are installed centrally in their housings, raise them up to the mounting holes and insert bolts and fit nuts loosely. Final tightening will be when the vehicle is sitting on the ground again. This will ensure that there is not a built-in twist in the bushes. Install rear springs. Refit wheels. Lower vehicle to ground and tighten wheel nuts. Crawl under vehicle and tighten bush mounting bolts. Job done! Herbie Mitchell from Ireland

Hi, We have just changed the rear suspension bushes on a 2004 Fiat Scudo, the "easy" way. Jack up back of vehicle Put axle stands under rear jacking points. Remove rear wheels. Remove rear springs to release tension on bush bolts. Release handbrake cables etc from suspension arm. Remove bush bolts using 18mm spanners. Gently lower suspension arm, being careful not to damage the flexible brake lines. Axle will pivot on lower damper fixings. Using a hacksaw with the teeth facing into the frame, cut through the outer shell of the bush. When the blade binds, you are there. Drift out the bush remains. Using a length of threaded bar (preferably 12mm high tensile) & a combination of large washers & sockets, pull the new bush into the arm. Put a smear of grease in the housing to assist insertion & be careful not to press on centre boss of bush. Once both bushes are installed centrally in their housings, raise them up to the mounting holes & insert bolts & fit nuts loosely. Final tightening will be when the vehicle is sitting on the ground again. This will ensure that there is not a built-in twist in the bushes. Install rear springs. Refit wheels. Lower vehicle to ground & tighten wheel nuts. Crawl under vehicle & tighten bush mounting bolts. Job done! Herbie Mitchell from Ireland

Submitted: 16/08/2013 23:29:28 | ID: 53547

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Gordon, Staffordshire

Fiat Scudo

Brake pedal goes solid, no brakes. Most of the time the brakes work fine and it appears to come on when gently braking, slowly touching the brake frequently. I don't think its the servo or the master cylinder and am more inclined to consider the vac pump or the pivot in the linkage from pedal to Servo. But I have not been able to find a definitive conclusion to this same problem anywhere on the nett. Please help if you have had this problem and resolved it..

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Hi Gordon I had the same problem on a 2005 1.9 d scudo . nNothing like no brakes to get the heart pumping . After changing everything else bar the servo the problem was still there. When I then changed the servo the problem was solved so in hindsight I would change the servo first. Hope this helps you. Niall Healy from Ireland

Hi Gordon I had the same problem on a 2005 1.9 d scudo . Nothing like no brakes to get the heart pumping . After changing everything else bar the servo the problem was still there. When I then changed the servo the problem was solved so in hindsight I would change the servo first. Hope this helps you. Niall Healy from Ireland

Hi Niall Thank you for your reply. Could do with another one or two to see if it supports your resolution. Thanks again Gordon Gordon from Staffordshire

Had the same problem, changed vacuum pump, master cylinder, pipes, still they went hard, with no patter. Eventually, bought a second hand servo on eBay, cut a hole in the panel by the passengers foot well, replaced servo, welded panel back. All sorted. Andrew from Gloucestershire

Had the same problem, changed vacuum pump, master cylinder, pipes, still they went hard, with no patter. Eventually, bought a second hand servo on eBay, cut a hole in the panel by the passengers foot well, replaced servo, welded panel back. All sorted. Andrew from Gloucestershire

Submitted: 02/03/2015 20:34:48 | ID: 112620

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Martin, Staffordshire

Fiat Doblo

My van is playing up when I start it ,it starts fine first time but with no power so I turn off ignition and start again and it's fine, now it's got no acceleration at all whatever I do any ideas please

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my doblo had same faults .I blocked up egr valve .replaced crank sensor and finally found fault as fuel filter in tank blocked, tank is easily removed, 4 bolts on tank straps 2 jubilee clips on fuel filler hose and pop of the fuel pipes to sender unit that's the tank out now remove tank sender unit its a large plastic container and filter is inside pop open the the clips that hold it together carefully and its a white disc about the size of a 50 p. all the dirt gets into container and cant get out even if you blow through fuel pipes. all doblo owners should check this filter, when clean its like driving a different car allan from Antrim

my doblo had same faults .I blocked up egr valve .replaced crank sensor and finally found fault as fuel filter in tank blocked, tank is easily removed, 4 bolts on tank straps 2 jubilee clips on fuel filler hose and pop of the fuel pipes to sender unit that's the tank out now remove tank sender unit its a large plastic container and filter is inside pop open the the clips that hold it together carefully and its a white disc about the size of a 50 p. all the dirt gets into container and cant get out even if you blow through fuel pipes. all doblo owners should check this filter, when clean its like driving a different car allan from Antrim

Submitted: 17/08/2014 16:48:36 | ID: 101651

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David Lyons, Middlesex

Fiat Scudo 2007

I have just bought an 07 Fiat Scudo 1.6 multi jet and it seems to throw out a lot of black smoke when changing up through the gears, mileage is 100k. Is this normal?

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no this is not normal, most likely cause is that you might need to get your egr valve cleaned, at the same time I would suggest a service!.. imran from West Yorkshire

Submitted: 07/01/2013 14:39:45 | ID: 67147

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Andrew Graham, Sussex

Fiat Scudo 2000

Hi, I have a 1.9 turbo diesel Fiat Scudo van, W reg, 2000. It is hard to engage first gear. It does go in eventually but sometimes it feels like I`m pushing against a brick wall. Could this be linkage and where on the van is it? Thank you.. (e.l t.d swb)

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Linkage-possibly, check your gearbox, oil level as well jordan_uk from London

most likel;y you will need to change your gear box oil, most mechanics recommend you change your gear box oil every few months and it will keep things nicely lubricated!.. imran from West Yorkshire

Submitted: 12/11/2013 16:17:27 | ID: 57789

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Ian Laverty, Hampshire

Fiat Scudo 1997

My Fiat Scudo may be old but is in good condition with low mileage. However I have a problem with quite large amounts of water under the rubber flooring on both sides of the cab, which reappear if cleared up. The passenger headlining to the left of the visor is also wet. I have removed this but found no sign of water ingress. I have had a new windscreen but that made no difference. I have ensured the drainage tubes above the bonnet below the windscreen are clear. There is no loss of water from the cooling system. I would be most grateful for any further suggestions?

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Hi mate, check where your ariel comes through, if it’s on the roof center of windscreen. My van leaks like a sieve through this so put some sealant round it, or get some wellies lol. Cheers James Young from Ayrshire

Thanks James have in fact done this, so I think its wellies for me Ian Laverty from Hampshire

I had the same problem, water was getting in from the antenna so I changed it and made sure there was sealer under it. I still get bits dripping through near the interior light, but only in cold weather, which I think is condensation off the roof coming forward with braking. Terry Howell from England

hiya, mate you problem is simply where the taxi hire sign is, if you look all the way around that there will be small gaps, which need to be sealed, over certain periods the sealant wares off and you got to seal it again, I had similar problem in my cab, it was coming from the light holder, I sealed the taxi hire sign problem gone!.. imran from West Yorkshire

Submitted: 18/11/2013 12:00:13 | ID: 58003

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Steve Haynes, Bristol

Fiat Scudo Window Van 2009

My Fiat Scudo Window Van taxi (van converted) has just turned 100,000 miles. It still drives well but is burning oil. It’s not the turbo, I renewed that 20,000 miles ago. People just say it’s the engine that`s gone? Surely there is a cheaper option? (1.6)

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hiya, the cheaper solution for your problem is that you need to use restore, engine restorer and lubricant, you can check and read about this on ebay, the item number is 261567221988, hope this solves your problem, I recently found out about this myself!.. imran from West Yorkshire

hiya, the cheaper solution for your problem is that you need to use restore, engine restorer and lubricant, you can check and read about this on ebay, the item number is 261567221988, hope this solves your problem, I recently found out about this myself!.. imran from West Yorkshire

Submitted: 19/12/2013 10:48:56 | ID: 59503

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ami, Bristol

Fiat Punto

Hi, my gear stopped working forward while driving, it still works fine for reverse, parking and neutral but the drive, low and "manual" don't work. My mechanic saw an auto transm serial line malfunction but didn't know what it says and advised me to replace the gear. What do you think may be the problem? Is there a way to fix it without changing the existing gear?

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Just want to add that I have no gearbox fail message showing on my dashboard screen ami from Bristol

Submitted: 16/03/2015 09:54:26 | ID: 113386

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Jim Doyle, England

Fiat Ducato 2009

My Fiat Ducato`s fuel level gauge is showing empty when the tank is full of fuel. Also the warning light is flashing to say that the tank is empty. Can anyone help please? Kind regards.

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Most likely a faulty tank sender or its wiring. The sender is fitted inside the fuel tank and access can be awkward to test or replace John Greenslade from Powys

If you ground out the sensor wire on the level sender unit in the tank to the body metalwork, the fuel gauge should go up to full in a couple of seconds. If it does then the sender unit is either stuck or faulty. If grounding the wire makes no differnce then a fuse may have fallen out or the fuel level instrument gauge has packed up. Bob Johnson from Staffordshire

2008 Ducato Swift mh, same problem. Having looked online this seems to be common and happens if the van is left with a near empty tank for a few weeks unused, so it`s more prone to campers. Options ; 1. take to dealer 2. do nothing, fill tank and watch mileage and hope it rights itself. 3. DIY check the sender unit. I think I`ll do option 2 for a week ndecide if it`s a DIY job or not. Does anybody know if the sensor is accessible though the cab floor? There may also be some electronics between sensor and the gauge? My own guess is that the sensor is stuck as I`ve done less than 16,000 miles since new. Can anyone help? harryh from Lancashire

Submitted: 19/03/2013 09:21:33 | ID: 64259

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Frustrated mike, West Yorkshire

Fiat Doblo

Hi I have a 2002 fiat Doblo sx. (The sub heading forced me to put The problems I have: the dobby starts every time but then cuts out straight away! If I put my foot down it will run but then slowing down it cuts out at junctions and roundabouts! Sometimes enginge management light comes on some times not. I've had fuel filter changed and air filter the water and antifreeze have also been changed no difference really after a thrashing it was idling but then after a run on a motorway it started stopping again when slowing?? Now it's getting worst annoyingly I've not had it long. Any help greatly appreciated.

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I have a 2001 with the same symptoms - but each time I turn the key off and back on, it immediately starts - so I reckon it`s an electrical issue with the ECU but I might be wrong. Anyway, I am having a diagnosis this week at Fiat and hope to have an engine management light on so they can pick up the code. I will report back. Nick Justice from Kent

Submitted: 03/02/2015 08:31:58 | ID: 110782

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Ray LEADBEATER, Northumberland

Fiat Ducato

I have a 1997 Fiat Ducato 1.9td CI Granduca LHD. Do I need to change the speedo dial from KMPH to MPH for test and legality please? If so does anyone know where I could acquire an instrument panel please?

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No Ray, you don`t need to change your speedo. I have left hand drive Niesmann Bischoff. It passes the MOT no questions Pete from North Somerset

Thank you very much t o the Lady/Gentleman for answering my question regarding speedo change you have saved time and money thanks again. Regards Ray Ray LEADBEATER from Northumberland

Submitted: 24/02/2015 15:03:37 | ID: 112251

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lee, Rutland

Fiat Grande Punto

I was pulling off from traffic lights and I heard a snap noise, then realised the gear stick was very loose and wouldn`t go into gear, it would drive but I think it`s still in first gear. Does anyone know what this could be? Only had the car 5 days

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Happened to me, same thing in the morning in Moss side of all places. It's a common fault, two cables under the battery, either they have popped off or snapped, mine snapped jay from Lancashire

Submitted: 06/11/2014 10:35:20 | ID: 105755

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richard, Derbyshire

Fiat Punto

Hi, just want to know when I start my car and drive it`s fine, but after a while when you accelerate there`s a whining sound, a bit like a fan belt. I`ve had a new alternator already so just baffled now. Can anybody help? Thanks

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Hi Richard, loosen the alternator mountings and remove the belt. The car will run ok without it for a short test. If the noise has gone then your new alternator is at fault. If the noise remains then its likely to be your water pump or the timing belt tensioner that is at fault. Please let us know how you get on. Best wishes, Magik Joe from West Midlands

Submitted: 03/03/2015 08:30:53 | ID: 112641

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janice, Greater Manchester

Fiat Panda

I drive my Panda in city mode always, does this damage my engine or reduce my fuel economy? Thank you

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My Fiat Panda 2007 diesel 1.3 has a dangerous problem, when I increase speed to overtake the speed drops from 60mph to 30 without warning and vehicles at the back nearly run into me. I am 76 yr old pensioner and would really appreciate any help peter robertson from Highland

What`s the answer to the above question? peter robertson from Highland

Submitted: 23/02/2015 11:00:36 | ID: 112173

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katie, South Yorkshire

Fiat Grande Punto

Can anybody help me. Whenever we have heavy rain or I take my car to the car wash my engine management light comes on. The car still drives but can be really sluggish when accelerating. The light only stays for a dew hours to a day and then goes off and the car is fine. Has anybody else had the same or know what it is? Thanks

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Mine has been doing the same, funnily enough it happened today and id put it thru the car wash yesterday. Garage had previously checked it out but found no problems. Its having the cam belt changed next week but dont know if the sluggish acceleration has anything to do with it. Hope you get it sorted x catherine ward from West Midlands

Mine has been doing the same, funnily enough it happened today and id put it thru the car wash yesterday. Garage had previously checked it out but found no problems. Its having the cam belt changed next week but dont know if the sluggish acceleration has anything to do with it. Hope you get it sorted x catherine ward from West Midlands

Submitted: 20/07/2014 12:30:18 | ID: 100038

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Martin, Galway

Fiat Ducato

Does mk 2 06 Fiat Ducato have canbus want wire tow bar? Thanks

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No Martin. Canbus began with the MKIII X250 2006 onwards Techno100 from West Yorkshire

No Martin. Canbus began with the MKIII X250 2006 onwards Techno100 from West Yorkshire

Submitted: 15/01/2015 00:13:22 | ID: 109564

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Jonathan Szekely, Caerphilly

Fiat Grande Punto 2007

My Fiat Grande Punto`s rear passenger footwell keeps filling up with water every time it rains. I took it to the Fiat garage in Cardiff and they were useless! They said they had solved the problem, when in hindsight they hadn’t even come close. They said it was due to the boot filling with water and coming through the car to the footwell. They said it was a simple matter of removing a plug from the boot and it would be sorted. The problem is far from being sorted. Is anyone else experiencing this problem and do they know how it can be sorted?

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I`m encountering the same problem. I got my car serviced and explained the problem to the garage. I mentioned that the carpet seems to get damp directly under the front passenger seat and gets worse towards the rear footwell (down the slope). I was told that they could not find out how the water was coming in! I got the wheels realigned 2 weeks ago and a bracket put on my exhaust. I checked underneath the car but could not see any holes/gaps in the floor Mervyn Lloyd from Wrexham

Hi, I have this same problem! I have been draining the water out all xmas and dried it out, then come home from work tonight first day of rain since last flood and all back in nearside rear footwell. Please please help, thanks Chris from England

Hi there, I had this problem with my Grande Punto 57 plate; took it back to the dealer. It was the seals under the bulk head at the front. I was lucky, still under warranty otherwise would have been about £400 and takes 8 hours to fix. They have to take the whole front of the car apart. Hope this helps Angie Leighton from Sussex

HI, I own a Fiat Punto and had similar issue. The problem with my car was that the water drain pipe was blocked. I normally park below the tree shade and found the dry leaves has got below the front windsheld plastic cover. I had removed the plastic cover by myself and cleaned the area. Now the issue did not reoccur Desiga Bharathi from India

Having the same issue with water in the rear footwell. Garage is useless. Took the time to track the wet areas in the car which led me into the boot and up to the rear light cluster which the garage replaced earlier this year. Car is going back to dealer with my findings and a few stern words. Might go straight to the Manager as he is an old friend. Either way, it will be fixed and it will be free. Top tip, water always heads south and punto carpets are plastic backed, so feeling on top of the carpet isn't always helpful. mark ferguson from Moray

Having the same issue with water in the rear footwell. Garage is useless. Took the time to track the wet areas in the car which led me into the boot and up to the rear light cluster which the garage replaced earlier this year. Car is going back to dealer with my findings and a few stern words. Might go straight to the Manager as he is an old friend. Either way, it will be fixed and it will be free. Top tip, water always heads south and punto carpets are plastic backed, so feeling on top of the carpet isn't always helpful. mark ferguson from Moray

I had the same problem. I had water that was completely soaking the rear passenger footwell. I was unsure where the water was coming in from, until I heard water moving about in my boot. I had a massive pool of water in my spare tyre well. As I was checking the spare tyre well, I noticed water marks on the carpet fabric running up the inside of the boot, towards my rear tail light. It turns out that there was a slight opening between the body of the car and the rear tail light. Even though it looked unnoticeable, it was definitely coming from there. I had to get a new rear tail light cover (cluster) as the water leaking in had damaged the connections for the tail light. Once I fitted the new rear cluster to the car, I fixed and screwed it back into place, and put a whole tube of silicone around the edges between the cluster and the bodywork of the car. Happy to say that I no longer have a soaking wet boot of rear footwell. Only problem now is changing a rear bulb, as I have to cut off all of the silicone, change the bulb, and reapply more silicone again, which can get a bit messy! Hope this helps :) Ryan from Cornwall

I had the same problem. I had water that was completely soaking the rear passenger footwell. I was unsure where the water was coming in from, until I heard water moving about in my boot. I had a massive pool of water in my spare tyre well. As I was checking the spare tyre well, I noticed water marks on the carpet fabric running up the inside of the boot, towards my rear tail light. It turns out that there was a slight opening between the body of the car and the rear tail light. Even though it looked unnoticeable, it was definitely coming from there. I had to get a new rear tail light cover (cluster) as the water leaking in had damaged the connections for the tail light. Once I fitted the new rear cluster to the car, I fixed and screwed it back into place, and put a whole tube of silicone around the edges between the cluster and the bodywork of the car. Happy to say that I no longer have a soaking wet boot of rear footwell. Only problem now is changing a rear bulb, as I have to cut off all of the silicone, change the bulb, and reapply more silicone again, which can get a bit messy! Hope this helps :) Ryan from Cornwall

Submitted: 19/11/2012 15:45:29 | ID: 55219

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kelsey, Merseyside

Fiat Punto

After I bought this car I went out test driving, but after the second time going out in it everytime I take the key out of the ignition it makes a beep noise, does anybody know what this means??

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Does your car have the original stereo or an aftermarket one? Some replacement stereo units have a beep to remind you to remove the fascia panel from the stereo when leaving the vehicle, this may be what you're hearing. Let us know if this is the right answer! Best wishes, Magik Joe from West Midlands

Submitted: 27/01/2015 08:03:15 | ID: 110360

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john bull, Wiltshire

Fiat Punto

I have a drumming noise coming from the offside rear wheel. It only gets noisy above 40mph and eases off at 60mph. Any ideas please?

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Likely to be an unbalanced / distorted wheel, likely in conjunction with a tired / worn out shock absorber on that corner. Shock absorber bushes may also be worn. A good test would be to get someone else to drive the car at the 'problem' speed while you follow in another vehicle and have a good look at the rear wheels, check for a 'bouncing' movement on that wheel. If it were the wheel bearing at fault the noise would not fade away at 60+mph. Please repost and let us know how you get on. Best wishes, Magik Joe from West Midlands

Submitted: 16/02/2015 14:29:09 | ID: 111654

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Lea Johnson, Lancashire

Fiat Panda

My car is now 5 years old. I have maintained it with every service. The only major work needed has been changing the timing belt. It has 24,000 miles on the clock. I am at the inevitable crossroads of deciding whether I should spend £500 for new tyres and brake discs or trade it in for a new or used Fiat Panda. How much life could I reasonably expect from my existing, well-cared for car, given that I spend the £500? (I could possibly get £2000 for my car in a trade for a used car worth approx. £4,500, but would I get anymore years out of it than my existing car with just £500 outlay?) Any advice very welcome.

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I'd stick with what you have. Better the evil you know! My wife's 1.1 56 reg Active has done 46k miles since we bought it as a pre-reg car from a Fiat dealer in Carlisle and is still on its first set brakes, exhaust and battery. It's had 3 sets of front tyres, a couple of anti-roll bar rubbers, its cam belt changed (at a local garage, cost about £95) and that's it, other than usual servicing costs... We are certainly going to keep it for a good while yet! Chris Breen from Cumbria

Submitted: 19/01/2015 13:56:03 | ID: 109856

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simonkinney@live.com, Blackpool

Fiat Doblo

How long will brake discs and pads last on fiat doblo 2002

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Several years with 10,000 miles a year average use. Possibly 10 years disc life, though modern discs can need replacing as often as the pads on some models. Stephen Carter from Essex

Submitted: 20/10/2014 10:39:26 | ID: 104887

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bill mcdonald, Falkirk

Fiat Doblo

I would like to fit front mudflaps to the van but was told by Fiat that they don't make any for this model van. Does anyone know anybody who makes them? The other option is to fit universal type and fix them to the wheel arch liner, but I am not sure if there is anything behind the liner that would prevent me doing so - has anyone done this?Many Thanks

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You need to specify the year / model of Doblo. The one introduced a couple of years ago is a different shape to the old one. If it is a Mk1 (c.2001 onwards) model, or a Mk2 (facelifted front end) there should be a mudflap to fit. I bought a set from Fiat in 2003 which were made of semi hard plastic and fitted like a glove (although they are not deep enough to prevent all spray and mud). Ask around dealerships to see if anyone has a set on the shelf. Stephen Carter from Essex

You need to specify the year / model of Doblo. The one introduced a couple of years ago is a different shape to the old one. If it is a Mk1 (c.2001 onwards) model, or a Mk2 (facelifted front end) there should be a mudflap to fit. I bought a set from Fiat in 2003 which were made of semi hard plastic and fitted like a glove (although they are not deep enough to prevent all spray and mud). Ask around dealerships to see if anyone has a set on the shelf. Stephen Carter from Essex

Submitted: 21/12/2014 17:39:22 | ID: 108230

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Bob, Moray

Fiat Ducato

Hi, I have a 2009 Ducato and was wondering if you can turn the passenger airbag off so I can take my 18 month old daughter in the van? If so how do I do it? Thanks

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Hi Bob You need to access the 'Set Up' menu [Page 22 Handbook] by accessing the 'MODE' menu via the MODE button This should allow you to access :- Time setting Speed MPH/KMh Air Bag on/off Units Metric/Imperial Buzz - Not sure what this means Access these using the MODE button can be a bit hit & miss so if problems suggest quick push followed by up or down button Hope you are successful Landscaper Chris from Devon

Hi Bob You need to access the 'Set Up' menu [Page 22 Handbook] by accessing the 'MODE' menu via the MODE button This should allow you to access :- Time setting Speed MPH/KMh Air Bag on/off Units Metric/Imperial Buzz - Not sure what this means Access these using the MODE button can be a bit hit & miss so if problems suggest quick push followed by up or down button Hope you are successful Landscaper Chris from Devon

Submitted: 05/01/2015 18:52:29 | ID: 108971

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michael ellison, Cheshire

Fiat Punto

hi my engine warning light came on and stayed on this was sat 24th jan on the 25th jan it went off and stayed off but today 26th jan it came on again and stayed on is it safe to drive if the light stays on ?

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Hi Michael, if the car seems to be running normally then it should be fine to carry on as usual. If you have a misfire / loss of power or anything unusual happening then its best to get it checked-out on a diagnostic computer as soon as you can, as continuing to drive the car will lead to more expensive failures if there is a serious fault. There is always a reason why the warning light is on though, so it would be good idea to get it checked-out so that the necessary repair can be made as the car will be running at less than its optimum with a fault on the system. Best wishes, Magik Joe from West Midlands

Submitted: 26/01/2015 16:48:46 | ID: 110324

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Minnie Stretch, England

Fiat Punto 2003

The steering warning light is staying on permanently on my Fiat Punto but there is no fluid top up bottle. Also the steering has not gone heavy. What could the problem be and how do I solve it please?

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The power steering is electric. Either you need a new steering motor, or full shaft. Hopefully it could be a wiring problem Drew from Lanarkshire

Hi, If you open the bonnet and look down on the right hand side of the engine compartment, on the inside wing you will find a small metal box bolted to the chassis leg , this box will have a number of wires going into it from underneath. This I believe is a multi earthing unit, if this is not doing what it's designed to,you can get the light to come up on the dash. Mark from Herefordshire

Submitted: 07/06/2012 12:15:13 | ID: 86734

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Nicola Barton, Lancashire

Fiat Grande Punto 2007

When starting up my Fiat Grande Punto the temperature gauge soars into the red and then back down again almost instantly. What could this be? Thanks.

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They all do that its doin a check nothing to worry about jim35@fsmail.net from South Ayrshire

Submitted: 10/01/2014 10:22:06 | ID: 60551

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Lee, Kent

Fiat Ducato

Hi I have recently acquired a Fiat Ducatto Motorhome, year 1988. I am hoping to restore it to its former glory but having been online I cannot seem to find the parts I need. Can anyone help with any advice or web sites. Much appreciated. Happy motoring to you all. Lee

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You could join the Wild Camping forum at www.wildcamping.co.uk and ask the members on there. David from France

You could join the Wild Camping forum at www.wildcamping.co.uk and ask the members on there. David from France

Submitted: 03/10/2014 20:48:57 | ID: 104025

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mike davis, Cornwall

Fiat Ducato

what has caused a simultaneous failure of fuel and temp guauges on my 1987 2.5 D ducato? All fuses are good,and nothing else as failed.

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My problem is now solved! The orange wire from fuse 9 to the instrument panel was open cct. mike davis from Cornwall

Submitted: 20/01/2015 16:43:08 | ID: 109957

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Robert Jelgersma, United States of America

Fiat 500

My girlfriends just got a 2013 fiat 500. The odometer started flashing a few days ago and won't stop. What is the trick to stop the flashing ?

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You need to have a PROXI ALIGNMENT done on the car to reset the vehicle network. Your Fiat dealer can do this for you, or a Fiat specialist. Diagnostic equipment is needed to do this. Best wishes, Magik Joe from West Midlands

You need to have a PROXI ALIGNMENT done on the car to reset the vehicle network. Your Fiat dealer can do this for you, or a Fiat specialist. Diagnostic equipment is needed to do this. Best wishes, Magik Joe from West Midlands

Submitted: 13/01/2015 17:56:50 | ID: 109480

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