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Sa Bu, Shropshire

FIAT Punto 2000

When putting my Fiat Punto`s heater on it blows down to feet and through the side vents but will not blow up to demist the windscreen. What should I do?

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underneath your dash on the passenger side there should be a motor fan resistor held in possibly by two screws or one check the conecttions on them make sure that they havent like croded or enything or could be you just need to replace the resistore as i had the same problem with my car but i removed every wire individually and wire brushed it all down makeing sure there was metal contact on them and i re fitted it all back and it all worked straight away also i would advise you to remove them one by one i think theres 4 or 5 wires in total just clean them up and it should be the fix to your problem hope this helps danny from Cornwall

Submitted: 22/10/2013 14:40:45 | ID: 56474

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Maureen Howes, Hampshire

FIAT Panda

My panda loses the clock settings after starting the car when it's very cold - also after starting the car all the dashboard lights come on again and then go off is this a battery issue.

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Just bought a panda. 2008 have the same problem. maria.chandler@ntlworld.com from West Yorkshire

Submitted: 08/11/2016 18:50:37 | ID: 136567

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Kevin James, Torfaen

FIAT 500

My Fiat 500 has been smelling of burning on two occasions lately, then last week, it suddenly caught fire. Anyone else had this?

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smell of burning coming from rear of cabin 2009 fait 500 robert graham from Antrim

Submitted: 15/12/2015 21:52:07 | ID: 124746

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J Eggison, Lincolnshire

FIAT Panda

Hi. Can my central locking on my Panda Pop be upgraded to a remote central locking. Many thanks x

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You can buy an aftermarket box off eBay and fit it. Wiring is fairly easy but you will need to feed a wire to the drivers side door lock. It's been a long time since I did it on my wife's car but I think I also had to buy a new door lock with electronic solenoid. The standard lock way only mechanical not electronic. The box triggers the solenoid on the drivers side which triggers all the other doors Geoff Marchant from Lincolnshire

Submitted: 08/08/2016 02:51:01 | ID: 134188

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Denis Fitzpatrick, Lanarkshire

FIAT Doblo 2003

On a Fiat Doblo, how do you remove the rear light cluster to replace bulbs? I have removed the 3 10mm bolts from rear door frame - somebody said there is a rubber plug on the rear frame behind the cluster but this I can not see. Can anyone help?

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Inside the car in the corners behind the lights, you have a hole through the framework for you to insert a socket to remove the bolt at the back of the light cluster. Pain to do. My son and I took the rear seat out and the back quarter panel off to make it easier! Colin Johnston from England

Easy job to do with one exception. A special tool is provided with the kit to remove the nut holding the cluster to the car (or use a socket on an extension bar). Grab a hold of the speaker grille and gently prise it away from the panel, it slides into the car not upwards. You can then access a large rubber grommet, remove this & the nut can be seen. I like to stuff a large rag to block the void beneath the nut (they are notorious for dropping into the bodywork, never to be seen again!). Undo the screws holding the side of the cluster to the body & the cluster should then drop out John G from Buckinghamshire

John G is a genius - stick a rag in the column - genius. Don't neglect this step!! jules h from Wiltshire

Submitted: 09/11/2011 08:20:27 | ID: 69168

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T Bradbury, West Yorkshire

FIAT Ducato

Hi I have seen a thread regarding, Lights and Wiper problem on Fiat Ducato Motorhome. Ours is a 2008 Burstner, we have the problem of lights going out and wipers stopping mid stroke. I have changed the motor and linkage thinking this is the problem but still doing it. It is booked in to garage on Monday , has anyone got an answer to this problem. I think the computer is over £500. If this has to be replaced. Yours Tony B

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hi I have lost my main beam, heater, wipers, on 2.8 ducato. fusses all ok. any ideas yours vic vic from Gloucestershire

Submitted: 15/07/2016 15:13:28 | ID: 133548

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Steve, Devon

FIAT Ducato

Hi, I would like to know where the battery is on my 2016 Ducato. Also, what is the black bolt at the bottom of the bulkhead holding it on. Can I remove it without causing problems. Thanks

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Steve, the battery on your 2016 is in the same place as 2006 onwards models.. beneath a panel in the passenger's footwell. As far as the black bolt.. haven't a clue mate R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 09/10/2016 15:25:35 | ID: 135826

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Andy, Hertfordshire

FIAT Doblo

I have a problem with my engine during driving mostly (but can appear whilst stationary also). What it is, is whilst I am driving then changing down through the gears to adjust to speed conditions at junctions, roundabouts or simply to bring the car to a halt, the engine cuts out leaving me often to be in dangerous situations. I have had a number of mechanics look at the problem, non of whom are able to answer and solve this problem. When stationary and the revs are raised quickly then allowed to settle. virtually on all occasions the engine cuts out, the other few occasions the engine stuggles slowly to normal operating revs. Plug cables, the plugs themselves have been changed recently with no effect. No engine management problems registered. Is anyone available to advise on this one please? Many thanks!

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Hi Andy Have you had any luck finding out what this is as my 2002 1.9D SX Doblo has the same problem. Thank you Craig Fitton from Wrexham

Would check the earth wire connected to bell housing, Might look ok give it a good clean and make sure the connection is good. James from Blackpool

Submitted: 08/03/2016 16:15:55 | ID: 128722

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John, Leicestershire

FIAT Grande Punto

Engine light keeps coming on - takes 4/5 times to start properly ( starts but stalls) has a new battery and alternator - fan also seems to overrun - no loss of power Any ideas Also heater fan does not work - replaced resistor but still nothin Any help would be appreciated Many thanks

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Earth strap from the battery With out a doubt Graham from West Yorkshire

Submitted: 16/09/2016 21:39:02 | ID: 135220

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Nicola Barton, England

FIAT Grande Punto 2007

Every winter I have the same problem with my Fiat Grande Punto 1.2. As soon as the cold weather starts I get a horrible grinding noise when trying to start the engine. I turn it off as quickly as I can then try again a few seconds later and it usually starts without the horrible grinding noise. As I say, this is only in the winter and it is not every time, however on the run up to the cold weather I did notice that it was struggling to start a little more than usual. I know nothing about cars but it has been suggested to me that maybe it is my starter motor? I was just wondering if anyone else has had the same problem and if so how much will it cost approx? I have read numerous threads about problems like this and the flywheel etc is mentioned. It`s coming up to Christmas and could really do without the expense so I`m just wanting to know if it`s something that can wait without causing more damage? Thanks in advance.

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I had the same problem with my 07 Grande 1.2. Would do the grinding on 1st start of day and then it was ok till the next morning. Was told by Fiat mechanic friend of mine that all Grandes have a small battery that soon loses its cranking power with age. This reduces the speed of starter motor on cold starts and causes it to incorrectly engage. Had my battery tested, which was tired, and since replacement my car has been perfect. Also been told to add an additional earth lead from gearbox to body, about £5 from accessory shops. This is also beneficial all round as the battery to car earths can be a bit dodgy as well. Chris Wilson from Derbyshire

Correct answer is the battery or earth strap Graham from West Yorkshire

Submitted: 03/12/2013 14:30:45 | ID: 58755

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william ellis, City of Glasgow

FIAT Grande Punto

have grinding noise when starting car AA, says its a dry bush,how do i locate bush,lubricate it. willie

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The bush in question is inside the starter motor Graham from West Yorkshire

Submitted: 29/10/2015 19:27:39 | ID: 122860

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Pauline.williams171@gmail.cim, Cardiff

FIAT Ducato

I need an interior light for my kontiki where can I order one. Thank you Paula

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Pauline, depends what you're looking for.. is it the motorhome part you need a light for or the cab light? Then, is it a bulb for the light or the complete light.. or, are you adding a new light? If it's the MoHo light you need you could try caravan breakers in Blaenafon.. have a good selection of spares and dare say they'd get you new part too... or just write direct to Swift. R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 16/09/2016 11:43:50 | ID: 135206

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Jemma McSeveney, Scotland

FIAT Idea 2004

Please can anybody help? I bought my Fiat Idea last year from a garage and have taken on many family loans to fix a number of problems. My latest problem is a rattle when I lift the clutch pedal, which is more prominent in idle. I had a clutch kit and engine mount fitted last week to no avail. I now need to bump start it often, but was told the occasional bump start prior to new fixings would stop as I was informed that the dust from the clutch was causing the starter to connect. Can anyone please offer me any advice? Thanks. (Multi jet diesel)

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Check mount on bulk head as this can become loose had the same problem as you and bolt snapped ok hope this will help . richard from West Midlands

Submitted: 08/07/2013 10:51:58 | ID: 65143

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Kiri, Warwickshire

FIAT Seicento 2001

Hi, my Fiat Seicento`s sunroof has stopped working, it won`t go up or down. It isn’t shut properly and I don’t know what to do? I was hoping to be told how I can fix it or what seems to be the problem, if it can or can`t be fixed and if so how much will it cost me? Many thanks. (SX)

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My daughter's Seicento is having the same sunroof problem today. Is there anybody out there who can provide the answer to this puzzle (particularly as it is raining now!)? Many thanks. chris.cousins.42@btinternet.com from West Sussex

My daughter's Seicento is having the same sunroof problem today. Is there anybody out there who can provide the answer to this puzzle (particularly as it is raining now!)? Many thanks. chris.cousins.42@btinternet.com from West Sussex

the mechanism that opens and closes the sunroof tends to break inside, if you change the twisting manual mechanism it should work fine afterwords. it is fairly easy to change, unscrew the 2 screws on the sunroof and all should come out, slowly take the sunroof out by lifting it up slowly. unscrew the mechanism (4 screws) and it should fall in your hands. test it. make sure it is the part thats causing the problem. if it is, then change it, they sell quite a few on ebay. roni from Greater London

Submitted: 16/07/2013 15:55:47 | ID: 66095

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John Wardman, England

FIAT Seicento 2001

Hi, does anyone know how to remove a broken aerial from the roof of my Fiat Seicento to replace it? I have been told that it unscrews but I have tried that and it is very hard to turn and I don’t want to break anything inside and make the situation worse? Also I have just changed the battery and when I start it up the engine management light keeps flashing (amber) on and off. It runs okay apart from the flashing light. What is it and how do I stop it flashing? Can anyone help please? Thanks in advance. (1108)

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unscrew dont worry you wont break anything. i just changed mine today, it was fairly simple roni from Greater London

Submitted: 15/11/2013 15:18:54 | ID: 57964

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Trevor Brown, Leicestershire

FIAT Panda

My Fiat Panda dynamic multijet 1.2 L diesel was Ok this morning but now there is an intermittent fault where the electric front windows will not work and the steering is extremely hard - no power assistance - which makes it impossible to drive safely. When the power is switched off and then back on, the car is fine but suddenly the fault re-occurs and if driving, is very dangerous as it is extremely hard to steer. I have checked all the engine compartment fuses and they are all OK. (I think that it is an electrical fault). The handbook does not list any fuses associated with steering. Any ideas?

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I have no answer, but my power steering motor in my car is also busy going and they quoted me R 28,000 to fix.. I think its definetly a manufactoring problem so why should I have to pay for this.. Its 2007 and only has R47,825 on the clock.. Annoyed Tarryn from South Africa

I have overcome this same problem with steering in 3 different pandas I own. I picked this tip up on another thread somewhere a few years ago and it works. Replace the original battery with a higher amphour and current rating. I.e. 50ah and 300 to 400 CCA. This has saved me a fortune in not having to replace steering parts. The fault lies in 2 small relays in the electric power steering unit which do not like a low battery voltage dip. You just need to work a bit at getting the right physical size of battery and if need be to make adjustments to get it to fit. But really easy. Aidan from Antrim

Submitted: 05/09/2016 15:57:43 | ID: 134933

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Amanda, Lincolnshire

FIAT Ducato

Heater selector switch has burnt out can you tell me how to remove the facia panel to replace heater selector switch! Look forward to your reply

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Amanda.. by this I assume you mean the switches in the dashboard. If YES, then this appears to be a massive task that requires the removal of the whole dashboard and crossmember to get the part out.. according to Citroen (same construction as Fiat) but if you really want it.. I can supply you the step by step instructions with photos if you have the 2006 onwards model... mail me at fb1051 at btinternet dot com R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 01/09/2016 00:21:40 | ID: 134807

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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

yes wiggling the wires worked a treat. Denise from Lincolnshire

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

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Ruth, Hertfordshire

FIAT 500

Dashboard warning sign "left front door open" flashes on and off while I am driving, even though the door is securely closed. Also, I have to lock the car manually, as the electronic key will not lock it. The electronic key will unlock the car. Any thoughts?

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Hi just wondered if you got any answer to this question I am having exactly the same problem at the moment with my fiat 500 pop? Pamela from Aberdeenshire

Submitted: 17/04/2015 16:18:05 | ID: 114836

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Peter Croft, Essex

FIAT Ducato

Interior markers and side markers do not work. Checked fuses. Are there any other fuse boxes apart from the dashboard and under bonnet ones. Please help

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yes. there's another in the drivers door pillar behind the plastic shroud... more hassle than the worth to get to it and the fuse is unlikely to be in there anyway R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 05/08/2016 11:21:04 | ID: 134128

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Rob sayell, Norfolk

FIAT Scudo

Scudo 2010 1.6 multi jet . Today I broke down , the van display said "water in fuel filter" we changed the fuel filter unit and bleed the system but could not get the van to start , I called AA and he could not get it going either , he plugged it in and the computer said suspect egr valve ? Is this a common fault and why did the display say fuel filter ? Any ideas Thanks Rob

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On the stalk pull both at the same time. Davey from Bridgend

Submitted: 02/01/2016 20:04:48 | ID: 125435

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gayle fowkes, Derbyshire

FIAT Ducato

i bought a 1992 fiat ducato camper van and the pulley is not right the garage I have taken it to says they are discontinued can anyone help

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try looking for parts for Cit C25, Pug J5 or Talbot Express.. same veh R Evans from Caerphilly

but define which pulley you need , engine size and fuel.. to isolate your part.. I got lots of results on auction site under Cit 25 search and Talbot Express R Evans from Caerphilly

Came up with cranshaft, camshaft, timing, idler and tensioner pulleys. Broken up my answer because original huge reply was deleted by site !! R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 29/07/2016 15:32:56 | ID: 133939

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Malc, Cheshire

FIAT Ducato

I have a 2000 fiat ducato motorhome 2.8 tdi. Is it possible to fit a 2005 front end bonnet Grill and bumper lights.to my 2000 model To update the front end. Thanks malc.

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the 2000 Duke and the 2005 Duke are both second generation and should not look different.. in other words the 'upgrade' will not be an upgrade... from a 2000 model, the change in appearance takes place on the 2006 onwards model. If it's this one you meant then NO, they are not interchangeable.. big difference in the structures R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 23/07/2016 01:23:55 | ID: 133746

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Steve Binham, England

FIAT Doblo 2007

Hello. I have A Fiat Doblo with excessive front brake squeal when brakes are hot. I’ve fitted new discs and brake pads bought from a motor factors shop. I have sanded all the edges at 45d angles and applied copper grease to all moving parts but they are still squealing. Any ideas please?

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Check that the brake back plate is not touching the discs. OR Try to get brakes hot and then jack up the car with engine off and manually rotate road wheel to check where noise is coming from ....good luck D Hepburn from Shetland Islands

Submitted: 25/02/2014 15:24:24 | ID: 62348

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Ken Scott, Durham

FIAT Ducato 2012

I have a Fiat Ducato based motorhome that is well under a year old and has a grand total of 1,226 gentle miles on it, but it has sprung an oil leak. It’s going in to Fiat later in the week, for them to diagnose it and submit a warranty job, but I’m wondering if this is a common issue? My previous motorhome was a 2009 on the 3 litre 160 multijet and I never had any problems with the engine. Can anyone advise please? Thanks. (2.3litre 150 multijet)

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Check breather filter down on left side of engine crank case filter, this filter blocks causing pressure to build up in sump not alowing oil to return to sump and forcing oil out through the turbo and weak joint. This breather is only on 130 and 160 multi jets. Tom T from Ireland

I have a similar problem on a 2013 ( 150 engine, 17000 miles )It's been to a Fiat dealer this week who thinks the leak is from the turbo. The inlet pipe has been tightened ( at a cost of £135 ) but this is not a certain fix. I've been told a reconditioned turbo may be needed at a cost of £1150 plus 7 hours labour at £84 per hour plus VAT to fit it. It's the first time I have had such a potentially expensive problem with a vehicle of this age and with such low mileage. It's been suggested that I approach Fiat for goodwill but I am waiting to see if tightening the pipe has worked. Paul Thomas from Somerset

Submitted: 27/06/2013 09:15:20 | ID: 63246

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Jason, Essex

FIAT Scudo

Hi I have two fiat scudo vans , one is 2010 and the other is 2008, the problem is the 2010 one has anti pollution light on , and goes in limp mode, which is drivable just, the other one has anti pollution light , which came on yesterday. But this one you can drive for a few miles then it stops, then you can start it again drive another few miles and it does it again. Can you help

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Hi Had same problem on 2008 Scudo multi, it turned out to be the cam sensor although the van tells you it is antipollution filter. As soon as van gets cold and sensor not picking up any heat it will start and go until hot again then will stop and not start. Rob from Warwickshire

Submitted: 14/03/2015 12:51:47 | ID: 113311

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Jason page , Bridgend

FIAT Doblo

Can I put any fiat front wheel hubs on my fiat doblo multijet 1900td 04

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Simple answer is no not any George isham from Hertfordshire

Submitted: 29/05/2016 19:14:34 | ID: 132148

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erik lindhardsrn, Cardiff

FIAT Doblo

Smoke comes from exhaust and red engine management light comes on and loses a bit of power

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The eml management light is on because the cars computer ecu has a fault or faults recorded in it these need to be retrieved with diagnostic equipment the codes retrieved will give a clue and some times the answer to your fault. Most if not all garages charge for this service as the equipment and software can be very expensive so expect to pay anything from £30 to £100 for this bear in mind that the garage doesn't have to be right about the diagnosis if they are just reading the codes for you. But they need to be right if they are repairing it for you George isham from Hertfordshire

Submitted: 06/03/2016 22:56:17 | ID: 128651

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Jonny, Bedfordshire

FIAT Doblo

When i put my warm blowers on a puff of steamy smokey stuff lightly steams up the windscreen.It really smells and continues to smell while they're on. Thus i can't have them on for fear of being rendered unconcious. I can't find any info on this problem so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Unless it smells of stagnant water(bacteria in air ducts). I would be very concerned the Vauxhall Zafira catches alight due to heater problems. Smoke usually means something is getting very hot and melting the plastics. Have it checked by a qualified person ( preferably a mechanic or auto electrician and not the fa bloke down the pub) then you can worry about what the problem is and not what it might be. Meanwhile do not under any circumstance put the blower on. George Isham from Hertfordshire

Submitted: 17/10/2015 17:46:58 | ID: 122422

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June, Hertfordshire

FIAT Doblo

I have just bought this car which I love, but with needing glow plugs, the seller told me. It has also supposedly because of this some sort of electrical thing going on, ie- it lights up engine fault, the temp gage goes up and down madly but water level is good, got no user manual with it, wanted to find out how many glow plugs it has, and also where they are, any help much appreciated, I've even polished it already. It's is the Doblo 1.9 diesel active m.jet 120. Thanks.

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Also have to say drove it 70 Miles and no problem if I don't look. At the Dash June from Hertfordshire

Submitted: 22/05/2016 13:58:08 | ID: 131877

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Wilks, Suffolk

FIAT Ducato

I have a 1997 Fiat Ducato Mobilvetta motorhome, problem with horn not working sometimes, do anyone know if there is a relay in curcuit and its location. The horn is ok checked it on an external battery.

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I have found why the horn was not working. After removing the steering wheel and cleaning and bending the copper strips to make better contact with the slip rings and a clean up the horn is now working perfect. Wilks from Suffolk

thank you for your answer to wilk's problem, with the fiat horn who ever you are, will use this advice to cure the same problem. eric c strickett, new zealand eric strickett from New Zealand

Submitted: 04/05/2016 00:41:51 | ID: 131137

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richard, Worcestershire

FIAT Ducato

I own a Hymer 554 / Fiat Ducato 2.5D it has been left stooed for 18months on hard standing. I have changed the oil/oil filter air filter and battery and it started first time engine runs as normal. However I can't engage a gear when I tried reverse it crunches and wont go in. Is this a clutch or gearbox issue - any advise is welcome. Thanks

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Richard... a common thing when vans are stood for a long time.... the clutch parts need a clean out.... run the engine with you foot on the clutch for a minute or two... then try it.. do a few times...failing that if you can start the van in gear with foot on clutch... it may be the case that your clutch has deteriorated too much tho. And you may need replacement.... but I doubt very much its a gearbox issue R Evans from Caerphilly

Thanks for the advice I will try running with foot on clutch. I cant try starting with the van in gear because it wont go in to any gear. Thanks Regards richard from Worcestershire

It should go into gear if the engine not running.. otherwise there may just be a gear or linkage issue.. unusual but not impossible. R Evans from Caerphilly

It got it moving, it went in gear with engine off then started engine and it went in fine and moved. Thanks richard from Worcestershire

dear richard, when any vehicle is left stationary for a long time, condensation in the bell housing can cause the clutch plate to rust onto the flywheel; or pressure plate, so on starting the clutch the clutch will not disengage , this will stop you putting the vehicle into gear! you can put the vehicle into gear with motor not started. good to hear that the answers helped you cure the problem! it usually is not a mechanical problem if the clutch was ok, prior to leaving the vehicle being laid up, just condensation and rust! happy motoring , eric c strickett eric strickett from New Zealand

Submitted: 22/04/2016 10:12:27 | ID: 130674

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b daley, Merthyr Tydfil

FIAT Ducato

I have a 09 fiat ducato x250 motorhome the problem is the wipers stop halfway through its sweep. dipped head lights on times switch off with no pattern to wipers. then you have to switch key off and then on to get wipers back and to get h/lights on you just turn stalk switch off and then on to regain lights this fault will repeat itself frequently and then will work without a problem during test for as much as an hour perfectly no other part of equipment is affected it seems to be more of a problem after standing for a few or in damp/or wet weather I have carried out all water weather ingress problems fiats have i e flap to cover wiper motor and multi plug connection plus piping wiper scuttle panel drain holes to outside of engine compartment also I have also sealed windscreen lower rubber seal all with success this is a common problem with motorhomes hoping you have come across this and someone out there has found the answer I have taken it for a diagnostic check and it worked perfectly for two hours and as we all say you cant solve a problem that is not there at time of test just like going to the dentist i came home and it worked for one hour perfectly then next day it played up again hope a fiat engineer will read this and come up with a solution this is dangerous for someone with no mechanical experience

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I have the same problems with the headlight dipped beam and the windscreen wipers. So far I have worked out that the two faults have a similar cause although I have not yet got to the bottom of it . Dipped headlights come on when the ring is rotated on the stalk this causes the body computer to provide an earth signal to Relay T01 which is situated in the dashboard, this causes the relay to activate and provide power to the headlamps. Windscreeen wipers power is supplied via relay T12 which is energised when the ignition is switched on. Windscreen wipers operate when stalk is moved to various positions causing the body computer to send signals to the wiper motor one of which rather like the headlamp relay is an earth signal. What happens. If I turn the ignition on but don't start the engine then then headlamps and the wipers both work fine. When I turn the engine on or connect a battery charger to the main battery the negative signals provided to the headlamp relay and the windscreen wiper motor both revert to their switched off voltage of about 2.05 volts causing the headlamp relay to drop thereby switching off the lights and the negative signal to the windscreen wipers also reverts to 2.05 volts causing the motor to stop. I have no idea why this happens at the moment but it appears to be some fault in the body computer, one final comment it seems to be voltage related in that with the engine running or the battery on charge the voltage supply is around 14.7 volts, without the engine running or the battery being on charge the voltage supply is around 13.7. As and when I find out what causes this I will post it although I suspect that it is going to be a fault in the body computer. A fault which seems so common reading the internet that I suspect that it is a design fault which has been there for years and is still on the computers being fitted today. My vehicle has done just 19000 miles which is far too soon for faults like this to develop alan prosser from Surrey

I have a 2009 Ducato based motor home it has the usual fault with both windscreen wipers and headlamps failing due to the earth signal from the body computer being switched off . It has been in a FIAT main dealer for two weeks and they can't solve the problem although they don't seem to have tried swapping the body computer which I suggested when I took it in . One extra thing which I also told them is that this fault only occurs when the engine is running and the voltage is at 14.8 or when a battery charger is attached. This fault is so common why has nobody published a reply with a definitive answer alan prosser from Surrey

Submitted: 29/05/2014 12:22:41 | ID: 96427

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Jeremy Graham, Somerset

FIAT Panda

In recent weeks we have noticed that engine speed control is not always responsive to throttle position under the right foot. Driving off from standstill this means that a lot of lurching goes on as if we cannot control clutch and accelerator in a coordinated manner. As if we are a new learner. This can be quite dangerous in a queue of traffic as the car behaviour is difficult to predict and control. We have also noticed that it will happily run on with all feet off the controls without stalling. To my mind the throttle position is being adjusted by the ecu but there are no indications of problems on the ecu fault log. Before I approach Fiat does anyone have a similar experience and fix to share. I can see posts that describe something similar to Puntos but nothing very helpful. Thanks.

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Dear Jeremy, I am having exactly the same problem. Have been back to two dealers who say "No Fault Found". The ECU does not (OR) looses the error!, from the memory. Now understand that the Oil level is very important. Is you car the TwinAir or MultiJet. You do not say. I understand that this problem is not isolated but Fiat says it is new to them. Did you get your car from Western-Super-Mare.?. Keith Bradley from Hampshire

I have had my Fiat Panda for 2 months and I am having exactly the same problem. I let the clutch up and engage the accelerator and car lags, as if petrol is cut for a second, then it picks up. I, like you have taken it to two dealerships and have been told "that's just the way it is". I have tried every combination of foot method to find the bite. I have accepted that nothing can be done. But its very frustrating. Its my first brand new car and I am very disappointed. Does anyone have the solution. Mark from Lancashire

Submitted: 06/06/2015 09:40:15 | ID: 116857

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anne, Antrim

FIAT Ducato

Hi there, I'm not sure if you can help but I'm looking for advice on a starter problem with a Mondial camper on a 1995 Fiat Ducato. The fault is intermittent and there was a reconditioned starter fitted last year. Could it be the same problem?? KR A

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What is the problem, what happens when you turn the ignition key, doe's it try to start, do you hear any noise from the starter. Do you hear a click but not start, It may be the Solenoid come to the end of it's life, situated in the battery area. Wilks from Suffolk

Anne, it's not always cost effective to use a recon for a starter.. the Ducatos (Boxers and Relays too) are pretty good at killing starter motors on some models. My Relay had a 'new' starter in 2014 just before I bought it.. I replaced it last June when it failed.. two weeks before we went to France in it !! It's been fine since. R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 03/05/2016 23:15:48 | ID: 131136

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Robert, Ireland

FIAT Scudo

Yesterday,my 1999 1.9td fiat scudo engine light came on,it lost power-this happened 4 or 5 times before it eventually stopped and would restart.It was driving perfect-having covered 230 mile journey +half way home when this happened.Sounds like fuel problem-any suggestions???Thanks in advance-Robert

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Problem solved-might help someone else.Solenoid switch on injector pump has had enough. Replaced with spurious one-cost just under 200 euro.(Screw in type on end of pump) Own brand from 300 up-part only. Robert from Ireland

Submitted: 03/05/2016 23:09:33 | ID: 131135

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Julie, Somerset

FIAT Ducato

Fiat Ducato 1.9 diesel, 1999. Leisure battery fully charged. All interior stuff working (water pump), but no interior lights working. Have checked the switches on the box inside the wardrobe are in 'on' position. Van has been standing unused for 6 months, but leisure battery has been on charge/discharge gadget and is fine (water pump wouldn't work otherwise). Any ideas how to get the lights working? If it's a fuse, where do I locate it and can I use an ordinary domestic fuse?

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If its a fuse it will be colour blue 15amp it will be on the control panel in the wardrobe you have checked, near the switch saying lights. Pull it out and see if the metal strip inside has broken. Only replace with a 15amp ( Not a 30amp. ) Domestic fuses don't fit in Vehicles. Make sure all lights are switched off before inserting a new fuse, then try the lights one by one if the fuse fails again this may tell the fault is on that curcuit, probably in a light fitting. Wilks from Suffolk

Submitted: 08/04/2016 06:21:59 | ID: 130095

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Lucy Stewart, Hampshire

FIAT Panda

I have recently passed my driving test (older learner!) and have a 65 plate 1.2 Panda Pop. I mainly drive around town but will hit the motorway to get to work. I am hitting about 70mph but my revs are at 4500. Now I am pretty much a car novice but this seems a bit high when listening to other car owners. Is this about right or is something wrong - could be my driving?!

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Hi, 4500 rpm is high....the 1.2 pop has 5 gears, are you using 5 the gear? That should drop you just under 4000 rpm in a panda, I used to have a cinquecento 1.1 that pegged 4000 at 70 in 5th......good luck... James from Greater Manchester

Submitted: 25/04/2016 12:24:59 | ID: 130788

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mark, Greater London

FIAT Scudo

the key to the ignition barrel is not turning in the lock , I have to tap the key while turning at the same time . I have a spare barrel but the ignition is not picking up the signal to start engine . what can I do

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I had the same problem last May and had to have a new lock and keys, cost me €500 and now the same thing has just happened again! I may end up getting rid of the van. Mal Borlace from France

Submitted: 21/04/2016 08:48:51 | ID: 130644

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dipo, Nigeria

FIAT Ducato

where is the engine number located ?

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On the front of the engine in the middle it is embossed into a vertical panel that you'll not read ... you'll be able to see it.. clean it and take a photo of it.. then load it into and read it from a computer screen. If the engine has suffered corrosion, you'll have no chance ! R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 12/10/2015 13:18:27 | ID: 122224

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