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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

1.2 petrol yes....1242cc? It should be 3000rpm at 70mph in 5th gear. From my memory 4th gear at 3000rpm is around 54 mph, so multiplying that up for your road speed iit suggests you are in 4th gear. Mike from Hampshire

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

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William, City of Glasgow

FIAT Panda

I bought a 2006 Fiat Panda Dynamic Auto from a friend. It had failed the MOT due to both 'front Macpherson struts have excessive movement in the upper support bearing assembly (2.5.B.1b)'. When I drove the car there was quite a clunk to be heard from the front of the car from time to time. I removed each strut and replaced the top bearing assembly (the old ones did not seem damaged). When the strut was refitted there was about 2 cm of thread showing at the top of the strut. Originally there was about 1 cm of thread showing so I assume the nuts had slackened off. However I still get the clunk when I drive the car! Any ideas gratetfully received.

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Two points:- that caused our clunking sounds A and B. Read the bottom for an obscure Fiat Panda clunking sound. We bought a 2007 Fiat Panda Semiautomatic in 2014 with 12,000 miles on it. It now has 31000 miles on it. Aside from standard service items & a failing original car battery & rear silencer in 2015 & replacing two of the original tyres... the only problem that this Fiat Panda has had in 10 years has been a failing front left shock absorber. (A) The shock absorber clonk :- We were 'on it' since first detecting the damp patch around the shock absorber. The leaking fluid (dripping slowly over time) eventually could be felt. We had a new shock absorber ready to fit by now. The final throws of the old one produces 'clunking' as the car bottoms or tops out on its suspension stops (as the shock absorber didnt work now), and the wheel flaps around. If the resistance/damping in the shock absorber is wrong; the Fiat clonks easily. (B) The obscure sound unconnected with the above shock absorber, but can happen on any newer from 2004 onwards Fiat Pandas, and presumably the new 500's. I regularly drive on a beach where I live in the New Forest. The beach is a mixed composite beach including shingle. Sometimes the traction is difficult on the beach berms, small shingle in places; and wheel spinning and grounding out does happen. The car developed a clonk; that sometimes was under steering, or braking or acceleration or bumps in the road. In fact when I discovered what it was eventually....it turned out to be 2 or 3 different clonks that sounded the same. That is why we had some under braking, and some under steering etc. But they all sounded the same. It turns out that on the Fiat Panda the points where the sub frame connects to the body, has orifices just the right size to accept stones and shingle of a wide range size that has been 'thrown' into the hole. Whilst ours were 'taken on board ' by beach driving; it could happen with any driving eg tracks, or even just stones on the road thrown up into the underside of the car, at specific points. Once inside the hole(s) , the stone(s) can not really get themselves out. The stones are trapped; like a stone in a funnel. the stones sit in a channel. And this channel has a moveable engine or steering bush in it (depending on the hole). The lower engine mounting on a rubber bush allows movement of the engine. This movement either closed or opened up the hole where the stone was resting. The grinding clonk/crunch was the engine weight loading up the stone, as it was impeding the rubber bushes flex. The grind or clonk was when the stone gave way, like a wedge; and jumped. The stone on metal resonated in the subframe architecture acting like a drum. Resulting in short sharp clonk. There were also stones in the steering rack joints doing the same thing. Hence we got the same noise from different stones rubbing/crushing against the steering mechanism or subframe and engine mounts. Solution was car up on ramps or jacks......torch....to look in the subframe/steering holes.....and a long tough screw driver to push and force the stones out. It was only when I went to specifically check the engine and subframe mounting bushes.....that I saw the hidden stones. Wedged in tight.  It may not be the reason for the clonk on your car.....but it maybe on any Fiat Panda. Once you have experienced this particular clonk , you will always look in your subframe/mounting points first to rule it out. Mike from Hampshire

Submitted: 01/06/2016 18:06:18 | ID: 132242

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Barbara Brady, Lancashire

FIAT Seicento 1999

My Fiat Seicento has no spark at the plugs. None of the fuses have gone and the battery is not flat. When turning over the red light on the dash looks like an injector or spray. Can anyone offer any help please? (0.9 city not auto)

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Hi Barbara, you don’t say if the starter motor is turning over? If you hear a clunking sound when you turn the key it could be the starter motor has gone, if you hear a whirring sound it could be the starter motor drive belt is slipping. If you are not hearing any of these noises it may just be the HT leads need replacing or finally it could be your distributor arm inside the distributor cap hasn’t got a clean contact so the spark doesn’t reach the plugs not sure if that helps or has just made it more confusing I would probably look at the distributor arm first if it looks grubby or has white dust on it just clean up wirh a emery board or sand paper you are trying to make a clean metal surface so the spark arc as it passes over each pin. Good luck, hope this helped Chris from Staffordshire

hi how strange my sister in law has the same problem today 9/2/2017 fault code po300 no sparks ive seen comment above and can only see a coil ignition pack its electronic ignition and doesn't have a distributor or rotor arm to clean I'm trying to find out how to test the coil pack to see if it has failed francis adams from Lincolnshire

hi Barbara did you have any joy with your car I wiggled fuzes and relays pulled wires on crank sensor couldn't find anything turned key it started fault code gone so miricles do happen good luck francis adams from Lincolnshire

Submitted: 01/11/2012 10:26:47 | ID: 89379

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Mark, East Sussex

FIAT Panda

I would like to know if this car came with factory fitted ABS brakes

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New cars registered for sale in the EU since 2004 were required to have ABS fitted. Fiat still listed ABS as an option eg on the Punto during the early part of 2004. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 08/02/2017 22:47:20 | ID: 138811

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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

needs new throttle body , same happened to mine and that cured it. karl from South Yorkshire

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

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Starie, France

FIAT Ducato

Hi, I have a 2009 fiat ducato motorhome, 6 speed. Last week the 4th gear randomly couldn't be selected (just crunching) so I pulled over & temporarily lubed up linkage with oil spray. No joy immediately but 20 miles on.. 4th is working fine, another 10 miles & 4th has slight crunch. Arrive safely. Days later... Greased up linkage properly.. All is well. We go out & after 20mins driving 4th is crunching again. So i play up amd down gears a few times trying to jolt something only to loose all 4th to 6th! I pull over.. reverse vehicle & turn around.. all is randomly fine again. So, i decide to thoroughly test gears using my partner to change gear whilst i grease up the linkage again - all whilst parked on drive - engine not running. 5mins in & out each gear with & without clutch no worries, then suddenly no gear could be selected & difficult to manually change at linkage area. We start engine.. still nothing.. stop engine and two minutes later.. all is working freely again!! Days later.. Van drove okay 30 mins but had to stop at traffic lights on a hill. Van lost gears after 2nd pulling uphill. We pulled over into a service area for a bit. Stopped engine for about 15mins. All seemed okay again but then lost 3rd for next 20mins. We reached destination. There was no 3rd after engine had stopped. Half an hour later.. Engine still off. All gears select smoothly again! Very confused.. low gear oil? Dodgy clutch? Gear teeth being thrown up? Please help. Engine service every year. 25k miles on the clock. Thank you.

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You might be having intermittent trouble with the clutch pedal and operating system. Check the brake fluid level, I believe the clutch and brake master cylinders share the same reservoir. If it is empty or low, top up and bleed the clutch system. Better to use a pressure bleeder since it can't be bled the conventional way. Also get under the pedals and check there is nothing fouling the pedal when it is being operated or if the pedal is sticking at any point in its travel whether down or up. At least you have the 6 speed box which is better than the 5 speed but cannot rule out trouble with the gearbox itself. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Hi Hugh, thanks for your response. Everything appears to be fine from just looking at things and the feel of the clutch. What I don't understand is why it suddenly stopped selecting gears when the engine wasn't running. All gears could be selected easily with or without using the clutch (as most manual motors) before the random sieze... Then freeing again after a few minutes! I'm going to change the gear oil to see what comes out.. the only thing I can't think of is debris or loosening teeth getting jammed after oil pick up on movement of the gears. (But I'm not a mechanic so I could be talking rubbish.. worth a look at the oil though I think) Please feel free to let me know if you think of anything else it might be our have any other suggestions. I would like to try & eliminate as much as possible before taking it to a garage in France. Kind regards Starie from France

Submitted: 27/01/2017 20:03:43 | ID: 138448

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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

Yeah wiggling the wires worked for me too. Sean Alexander from Lincolnshire

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

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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

Its the battery. The clock resets because the batter voltage drops when cranking, more so when the weather is cold. The battery may last ages yet so its nothing to worry about if you can put up with the clock being wrong. A tired battery can also cause the steering warning light to come on at start up jim from Essex

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

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sarah, East Riding of Yorkshire

FIAT 500

Hi, I have just bought a brand new Fiat 500 lounge. I didn't notice at first as I habitually have the radio playing but when I touch my brakes you can hear a definite metal clunking noise in the passenger footwell. Passengers notice it too, not just me. Took it back to the showroom the day and they say it's just the design! I noticed this mechanism is open and not boxed in under the footwell which is why it's audible maybe? Anyone else hear this and can anything be done as it`s very annoying? Thanks

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Hi Sarah I've just purchased a brand new fist 500 lounge and am having the same problem can u tell me if you got it sorted please. Thanks. Lisa from South Yorkshire

Hi Sarah I've just purchased a brand new fist 500 lounge and am having the same problem can u tell me if you got it sorted please. Thanks. Lisa from South Yorkshire

This noise is a mechanical stop inside a little plastic box in passenger footwell. Car is designed as left hand drive and brake controls still come into the cabin on this side. They are then turned 90 degrees across the footwell to the drivers side ( right) in UK. The noise is caused by the travel of rods hitting a stop point inside the plastic box. Anthony from Norfolk

Submitted: 27/09/2014 21:21:39 | ID: 103725

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peter woodmansey, City of York

FIAT Grande Punto

Fiat grande punto does not start.When you turn key nothing happens it does not turn over.I have replaced starter motor had ecu checked tried earth strap to engine and gearbox.Checked wireing and key for signal also replaced battery.Anyone had this problem.

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I had a similar problem and it turned out to be a failed relay in the fuse box. Andrew from Surrey

Submitted: 05/01/2017 22:16:15 | ID: 137850

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Darren Swain, Fife

FIAT Stilo

hi i was driving home and both front and rear window washers stopped working can anyone help

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Refill the washer fluid reservoir? Check the nozzles aren't blocked? Replace the washer pump? Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 09/01/2017 17:51:31 | ID: 137971

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I Peters, Darlington

FIAT Grande Punto

I have a 2007 1.2 grande punto. Question on the heater vents. No air flow to footwells but main problem is cold airflow coming from glovebox area? (when I got the car thought it was a cool box!) great in the summer but not in winter. Any ideas please, Heating works fine to windscreen and front vents.

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Look for pollen filter cover, if no AC you have no filter but if cover has come away the cold air is not reaching heater matrix. If you have AC the cover may still be loose or the filter needs changing. James from Blackpool

Sorry for just responding. I was looking for an answer to another problem and seen my old question. It was resolved tho not intentionally lol. The car was written off in august after I hit a tree, I Peters from Darlington

Submitted: 16/11/2015 00:32:25 | ID: 123554

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Don Richards, Wiltshire

FIAT Panda

My 2016 reg fiat pop has the same throttle response identical to many other fiat owners reports. I have returned it to the dealer who told me the diagnostic report did not show a problem and it would improve when it had learned my driving habits. Personally i can't believe this can be true and I would like to know if anyone has been given the same story and if so how many miles do I need to do before the problem goes away ?

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Hi Don I have a Fiat Panda Pop, bought new Dec 2014 & have the same problem as you describe. there is a delay in the throttle response on setting off from stationary, or try to reverse up hill and I smell the clutch burning! I've been back to the dealers several times and had the same reply as you, the diagnostic reports show nothing. I have been told (by one of their mechanics) that there is a problem, but because Panda owners havent made much noise about the problem they wont do anything about it! Is this a responsible reply from Fiat? Not in my book! The Panda uses the same engine as the Fiat 500, there were lots of complaints about the 500, so much so it was featured on a motoring show on TV, so Fiat sorted it. Perhaps we Panda owners should begin to make a fuss!! Sherryl Butcher from South Yorkshire

Submitted: 22/10/2016 10:00:40 | ID: 136136

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kharlo, Germany

FIAT 500

my automotive battery died alert two months I was out of the country so I have purchased a new battery and connected but I noticed that the time in the cluster is flashing ? according to what Ive found some people said that it might need an update (software) but I'm not a spec about cars so please can pro answer to my question?

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Flashing digits on a clock indicates that it needs setting to the right time, that's all. Paul from Cambridgeshire

Submitted: 23/12/2016 13:58:37 | ID: 137556

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Leanne, South Yorkshire

FIAT Grande Punto

I'm having problems starting my car in a morning regardless of the weather..it takes approx 5 attempts to start it. It seems to start and then cut out straight away..if I press down on the accelerator it does nothing and won't rev. I've had the battery and alternator checked and both are fine. It also had a full service in September. Has anyone had the same problem? Any advice is much appreciated as I need to sell it by the end of November! Thanks in advance

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H i just had this problem with mine, turned out to be throttle body,new one fitted and solved problem karl from South Yorkshire

Submitted: 30/10/2015 09:56:51 | ID: 122878

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Kerri-Lyn Roelofse, Somerset

FIAT Panda

My Fiat Panda has just recently opted to display the flashing yellow engine management light, in particular when slowing down to 2nd gear and accelerating again. the light doesn't stay on long, but is causing concern. What could be the problem and how do I fix it?

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According to the manual almost anything can be the cause! I had my check engine light come on and I opened and closed the petrol cap (as suggested) and that cleared it - but constant light coming on will need to be checked by a computer diagnostic test at a garage I think. Naomi from West Sussex

Submitted: 07/01/2016 10:10:53 | ID: 125685

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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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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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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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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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