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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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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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Larry Taylor, England

Fiat Ducato 2008

Fiat Ducato 2.2 diesel year 2008, body type swift Bolero 600ek. Plenty of battery life, but engine will not start, the ’padlock’ warning sign lights up on the dash panel, is this an immobiliser issue? (Swift motorhome)

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Had a similar problem with my 2000 2.8tdi Ducato. The engine was turning over with no start. Found a blown fuse in the main fuse box in the glove compartment that controls the fuel pump solenoid. Replaced the fuse and keycode padlock light went off when ignition key turned and van started first time. Hope this helps Drerek cronin from Ireland

Had a similar problem with my 2000 2.8tdi Ducato. The engine was turning over with no start. Found a blown fuse in the main fuse box in the glove compartment that controls the fuel pump solenoid. Replaced the fuse and keycode padlock light went off when ignition key turned and van started first time. Hope this helps Drerek cronin from Ireland

Submitted: 09/01/2013 14:17:30 | ID: 67553

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al, France

Fiat Panda

Knocking sound from real axle when gears changed either:too quickly or too low revs...problem not apparent when gears changes very gingerly or with high ( over 3000 rpm).....please advise...help!

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Ps the model is a 4x4 climbing al from France

I have the same problem with my Panda 4x4 climbing edition ,55plate. I wonder if its the gear box mounts!! Not sure but I need help too Kenneth from Orkney Islands

I have the same problem with my Panda 4x4 climbing edition ,55plate. I wonder if its the gear box mounts!! Not sure but I need help too Kenneth from Orkney Islands

I too have the same problem on a 4x4 climbing 2005. Anyone had any luck finding a solution? Ian from West Sussex

I too have the same problem on a 4x4 climbing 2005. Anyone had any luck finding a solution? Ian from West Sussex

Submitted: 14/10/2014 14:57:14 | ID: 104602

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Kevin, Nottinghamshire

Fiat Grande Punto

I have no drivers side rear brake light, the n/s does not work when that side of the indicator is on when foot brake is applied n/s indicator light up faintly could this be a cluster problem or earth problem ??

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Did you sort this problem out,, my daughters fiat punto is doing the same thing. frank from Derbyshire

This will be an earth problem of the nearside light cluster and a blown brake light bulb on the offside cluster. Best wishes, Magik Joe from West Midlands

Submitted: 02/11/2014 12:48:22 | ID: 105500

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Margaret, Malta

Fiat Grande Punto

What is it when you start the car and a sign saying Fluid Temper radiat stop engine... Is a fault? What should I do. I took to a mechanic and checked the water and oils and all is well. Many thanks Margaret

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This is a software fault in the engine management unit, your dealer can stop it happening by updating the software. You can drive the car just as it is, it will not cause a problem. Best wishes, Magik Joe from West Midlands

Submitted: 01/12/2014 19:16:22 | ID: 107211

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chris watson, North Lincolnshire

Fiat Grande Punto

I have a grande punto 1,2 petrol an would like to now why a orange light buld light comes on in the dash board when i brake then goes off again the fluid is full so can any one help please

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You have a defective brake light bulb or, if the lights appear to be working properly, an earth fault in one of the rear light clusters, usually where the wiring loom connects to the light unit. Best wishes, Magik Joe from West Midlands

Submitted: 07/12/2014 17:24:25 | ID: 107531

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David Nelson, Tyne and Wear

Fiat Grande Punto

Hi, whilst driving at 40mph the accelerator loses power and both the oil and battery light are red. I stopped and turned off engine. When I restarted it the car is fine. I have took it to garage and the fault does not register with the engine management system. This had happened twice in 6 weeks. Any help with this would be great!

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I have the same problem did you get to the bottom of it? Jonny from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 30/05/2014 13:51:06 | ID: 96518

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J B Wilding, Monmouthshire

Fiat Stilo

any help to replace the head light on the passenger side would be welcome

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Can be fiddly and often requires removal of the front bumper, but if you have small hands you can get the black cover off the back of the headlight (there is just enough space between battery casing). Then simply unplug the bulb (slide the plastic cir-clip away and pull out), change bulb then replace - fairly easy S Johnston from Scottish Borders

Submitted: 13/12/2014 11:49:49 | ID: 107830

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greg quail, Greater London

Fiat Stilo

I have a minute build up of oil in the sparkplug recesses, 1 slightly more than the others and although it does not affect performance or economy it does mean that the plug packs eventually burn out. Short of taking the engine out is there anything I can do? thanks

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Sounds like a gasket letting in oil, the plug will probably fail in time and more seriously the engine if losing oil will run the risk of overheating and seizure. You`re looking for a new Rocker Cover Gasket. S Johnston from Scottish Borders

Sounds like a gasket letting in oil, the plug will probably fail in time and more seriously the engine if losing oil will run the risk of overheating and seizure. You`re looking for a new Rocker Cover Gasket. S Johnston from Scottish Borders

Submitted: 19/12/2014 13:05:35 | ID: 108134

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dotty, Yorkshire

Fiat Grande Punto

just got Fiat Punto Grande 1.4 Dynamic semi auto 2006. So far have only driven in Auto mode but several times while changing from Auto N (which is park mode) to Auto 1 (which is drive) or from Auto 1 to reverse it goes in to manual mode with a flashing warning on dial and beeping. It is then impossible to get it back into Auto mode. People have helped and finally solved the problem but nobody knows how they did it. The message coming up on dashboard says check transmission.....consult handbook. The handbook doesn't mak e any reference auto gear at all.

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wait over 5 minutes put the car in neutral and handbrake ,switch the ignition off completely come back to the car and try once again it usually works for me that way ....see ya ! tom from Somerset

wait over 5 minutes put the car in neutral and handbrake ,switch the ignition off completely come back to the car and try once again it usually works for me that way ....see ya ! tom from Somerset

Do you know how to solve this I am having same problem? Erin hughes from North Lanarkshire

I get this all of the time, I think it`s just a rubbish auto gearbox they've put in. Everyone seems to have the same problem and no-one has managed to fix it. Big disappointment from Fiat :( alvin from Bournemouth

Submitted: 29/05/2014 01:39:46 | ID: 96399

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Ed, Poole

Fiat Ducato

There's a squawking noise coming from the rear leaf springs when cornering or going over bumps

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This is a common fault and is due to the bushes on the springs seizing. At the end of the spring where it connects to the bodywork is a shackle. There is a pin which goes through the shackle and bodywork fitting which should be free to twist with movement. It seizes up due to road dirt ect. Very easy to strip down and lubricate. Ray Cripps from Dorset

Submitted: 23/11/2014 19:59:58 | ID: 106732

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ken, Yorkshire

Fiat Ducato

my fridge is not working on 12v. when i turn the engine on. where will i find the fuse for it

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Might be the fuse in the engine compartment you might find it by the battery, E DALMEDO from Lancashire

Might be the fuse in the engine compartment you might find it by the battery, E DALMEDO from Lancashire

Forgive me if this is too obvious, but it was the same in mine, when I drove no 12v to the fridge. I checked everything and could find nothing wrong. Then one day 2 years on when I was driving one night I noticed a red glow from the fridge switch as I looked around to check the dog! When I pulled up I realised I had left the 12v electric panel on to the motorhome section. When I turned it off no 12v to the fridge whilst driving (although nothing told me it was wired through eura mobil electric panel). So I learnt that for the fridge to work whilst driving = leave 12v panel on. Cheers, Andy andy from Shropshire

Above the battery is a relay and a fuse, job to see but it`s there on my 2000 model. Oh it`s got a screw to hold it up, best to undo it to get a better view keith from Cornwall

Submitted: 14/08/2014 20:08:57 | ID: 101500

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D Leek, Somerset

Fiat Ducato

Fiat Ducato Maxi 2.8 TDI (1999) (Laika 7r Motorhome) I need new rubber air hose pipe (from air filter box to mounting left of bonnet catch). Jubilee clip (OK) at each end and hose approx 10cm dia. Has a sort of ribbed effect. (Starting to crack at front end). Markings on pipe > NBR < A968 2 Markings on air filter box F.AP.ACAT 1307194080 A947. I`m having difficulty locating a supplier - any help appreciated (garage man is on hols) kind regards - David

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Only get from Ford but they said don`t bother, tape it up, I did no probs keith from Cornwall

Submitted: 31/08/2014 16:48:47 | ID: 102425

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andy, Shropshire

Fiat Ducato

Hi, I have a L.H.D 1997 2.5 TDI MOTORHOME with a broken electric mirror! I have sourced a pair of long arm electric mirriors for the 230 chassis 1998 model, mine are square single mirror, the new ones are egg shaped with 2 mirrors. However they fit but the electrical connections are different, mine has five wires on 2 connectors, connector 1 black and brown, connector 2 yellow/red, grey /red, blue, red wires. New mirror has 7 wires on a single connector white, red, blue, green, grey, brown, black. Does anyone know what 5 wires I can connect to the choice of 7 new wires to make the mirror work?I.E. old black to new brown, old red/blue wire to new green etc, etc? CheersAndy

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The others are mirror hear connections you don`t use on your van keith from Cornwall

Submitted: 25/09/2014 14:30:25 | ID: 103628

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Carol T, Leicestershire

Fiat Ducato

Window Wiper Problem Replaced the wiper Motor as the old one was definately no good. Now think the Mechanism is siezed as i tested the new motor without the rack attatched, works fine.Put the rack back on and it wont move. Can any one tell me either how to free the wiper splines off without removing the mechanism. Or indeed how to get the rack off.I know about detatching all the relevant parts, except when i get to the side of the Battery,there is an obstruction just above it.Any help would be very much appreciated.

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Rack hasto come out, freed out or replace keith from Cornwall

Submitted: 06/11/2014 21:47:38 | ID: 105799

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mac, Cornwall

Fiat Ducato

Where is the horn fitted in the engine compartment on 2.5 fiat ducto2

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It`s in front of the radiator, bit of a squeeze but you can get it from behind cross member, best to take rad out if you`re fit keith from Cornwall

Submitted: 15/11/2014 15:35:45 | ID: 106243

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Raymond, Malta

Fiat Ducato

My fuel gauge indication on my Fiat Ducato 2.8 late 2005 model started flashing and now it keeps on. The fuel indication marks empty but the tank is almost full ie 3/4 full. Is this something to do with the dashboard cluster of lights or is it the sending unit. It was in the garage and marked ok and still is however at another point it stopped flashing and the yellow light keeps on. Can anyone help. Thanks R. Bonello

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I`ve had this twice, it`s expensive, they changed fuel sender in tank and gauge completely. Also bad earth and small computer somewhere behind the dash in first 3yrs but it still plays up, at times only on gauge flickers or doesn`t read fully so I now watch mileage done to fill up. I`m told it`s an extra you get wih all Ducatos, still hey ho eh? keith from Cornwall

Submitted: 13/12/2014 13:29:02 | ID: 107842

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Jayne Brunjes, England

Fiat Ducato 1989

I have a Fiat Ducato Hymer 544 1989 and the battery light is coming on on the dashboard intermittently. Can anyone tell me why?

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It probably means that either you have a loose connection on Tue charging circuit or the alternator needs a service Tom Keane from England

My hymer had the same problem the spade connector on the alternator was lose squashed it together with a pair of pliers put it back on and now ok Nathan roberts from Somerset

My hymer had the same problem the spade connector on the alternator was lose squashed it together with a pair of pliers put it back on and now ok Nathan roberts from Somerset

Submitted: 13/07/2012 12:01:36 | ID: 80264

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cherrell, West Yorkshire

Fiat Panda

My panda has just started after its been stood over night the. Clook has gone to 0.00 and I have to reset it. It is fine all day then. It starts up and drives fine. Can anyone help me to why its doing this. Thank you

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Hello Cherrell My problems also started with the clock zeroing, but over time, starting the car got progressively worse. Initially it only happened during a cold start, but it now happens each and every time I have to start it. The only way I can get the car going is to rev it like blazers at the start up. And while doing so, the lights eventually come back on the 'dead' dashboard ..... complete with blinking clock reset back to 00:00! I don't know what the problem is and sorry I can't help, but I am looking in to what's causing this myself. I can update you, if you like, when I do eventually find out what the problem is and/or if you have found the answer to the problem/cause since writing your question, please share it with me. Many thanks and regards, Helen Helen from South Africa

Thank you Helen for your reply. If I get any further information that will help us. I will post. With thanks cherrell cherrell from West Yorkshire

Thanks Cherrell - appreciate the reply and promise to keep you informed. The battle to start is the least of my problems at the moment because I've also developed a clutch problem! It stays depressed to the floorboard and won't come back up and allow me to shift in to any gear, so a double whammy, especially when driving in heavy traffic. As this is the more show-stopping and serious of the two hassles I'm currently having, I will have to spend time and limited resources on fixing this first. If the mechanic can identify and fix the starting problem at the same time, I will certainly share the findings with you. But when this problem first occurred in April this year, the mechanic could find no apparent cause or reason .... all he could advise me to do was start the car by revving the engine over 4 - 5 on the counter each time. It works, but is not the solution as clearly there has to be a reason for the cause and thus, a problem that needs fixing. Helen from South Africa

Submitted: 04/12/2014 16:38:12 | ID: 107380

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Seth, Hampshire

Fiat Panda

Just collected and returned new Panda 1.2 Easy. Within 2 miles gear change difficult , clutch pedal bite got nearer and nearer the floor and eventually with pedal hard down to the floor was unable to disengage clutch, stalling to stop vehicle. Restart with clutch down lurched vehicle, restart out of gear but then unable to engage first gear with out revving engine first. Scary and dangerousi in heavy traffic. After clear run,ie no stop start clutch pedal seemed to improve and car driveable again. Not a good feedback response from the clutch and jerky take off still however. Dealer puzzled? Claimed no fault found and ok when test driven. Car left with the dealer as considered unsafe to drive. Any thoughts?

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Hi Seth Although my car is not new (2007 model), it only has +-38 700 on the clock. But I'm experiencing the same death-defying driving problems with my Panda 1.2 Dynamix myself! I've looked up info on the internet and gone in to a number of forums, but the possible answers to the problem are too varied - master cylinder packing up, worn springs, transit movement, worn parts, needs bleeding, contamination, seal failure .... etc., etc. I've had two different mechanics look at it. The first admitted being clueless as to what the problem is, but made some adjustments which seemed to 'solve' the problem for the past six months. But yesterday, yep, same problems with the clutch staying depressed to the floorboard, which made for some nail biting, hair raising driving in very heavy holiday traffic. Then parked at a shopping mall and when I came out, the clutch would not lift off the floor when I tried to engage gear yesterday and left me stranded for five hours. I was told by the mechanic looking at it in the mall's parking lot that I need a new clutch kit, but I am not really convinced that this is the cause or that it will fix the problem. He eventually replaced some worn rubber part and although the problem wasn't fixed, I was eventually able to get home amid lots of prayers for robots to stay green (90% of them didn't)! Have you found out what the cause is and if so, please can you update me? My nearest Fiat agency is over 200 kms away and obviously this is going to be expensive for them to look at and fix - not that I would ever risk the long drive anyway. Many thanks! Helen from South Africa

Hi Helen, Thanks for the post. The car is still with the dealer. They have no idea what is causing the problem. Nor, apparently do Fiat. The solution? Is to change the entire clutch hydraulics including pipe work. I'm not convinced! If I get an answer I'll let you know Regards Seth Seth from Hampshire

Submitted: 28/11/2014 23:43:59 | ID: 107058

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Seshin Pillay, South Africa

Fiat Panda 2006

Hi. I have a 2006 Fiat Panda 1.2 Dynamic. I have two problems with the car. The power steering makes a noise whenever I turn and most recently when I press down on the clutch pedal it does not come back up. Any advice would be much appreciated? Thank you. (1.2 Dynamic)

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Had same problem with my '07 JTD Multijet. Solved by putting small section of rubber tube around the arm that protrudes from the clutch pedal. In effect, it stops the pedal from going down so far and getting stuck. Other forums mention that pedal can get stuck on the floor mat. I don't have floor mats, but my pedal still got stuck! Hope this helps. Ed from Cornwall

Had same problem with my '07 JTD Multijet. Solved by putting small section of rubber tube around the arm that protrudes from the clutch pedal. In effect, it stops the pedal from going down so far and getting stuck. Other forums mention that pedal can get stuck on the floor mat. I don't have floor mats, but my pedal still got stuck! Hope this helps. Ed from Cornwall

Hi Seshin I know this is an older post and hope to hear from you because I am experiencing a similar problem. The short answer to your first question is your power steering mechanism is busy failing, as mine did TWO days out of warranty and with on +-24 800 on the clock. The same clutch problem is now also happening to me. It started in April this year and I got a local mechanic to look at the problem because the nearest Fiat agency is in Umhlanga Rocks, about 160 kms away from me and obviously I won't risk driving the vehicle this distance with a clutch problem. The mechanic couldn't find any fault, but did make some adjustments and the hassle seemed to be 'fixed' .... until yesterday! I was stranded in town for five hours yesterday on one of the hottest days so far this summer with a clutch that refused to come off from the floor and stayed depressed when I tried to put the car in gear. I eventually got a mechanic to look at it, but he couldn't find the 'clutch kit' for any local spares shop so put a new rubber thinggie in to some plastic triangular-looking part. It hasn't fixed the problem, but it got me home. If you could let me know what your clutch problem was due to, this would be very appreciated because answers in forums and on the internet are very wide-ranging and varied, so I am non-the-wiser. Many thanks! Helen from South Africa

Submitted: 26/11/2013 14:23:58 | ID: 58674

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David Spears, England

Fiat Panda 2006

My 2006 Fiat Panda 1.1 will not keep running on start without lots of throttle pedal to keep it going until the engine settles. It runs perfectly, does not cut out at lights or stops, but even when the engine is still warm it will not re-start without the pedal. It has been diagnosed but no fault code shows up, Can anyone help? (1.1 active)

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Try a throttle re-learn procedure and see if that makes a difference. Peter from Middlesex

Try a throttle re-learn procedure and see if that makes a difference. Peter from Middlesex

Hi David I see this is an older post, but am having the same problems and would be very grateful if you could let me know what was causing your problem. Like you, I have to rev the blazers out to get it started (plus the dash stays blank for a few seconds and the clock is always being reset to 00:00). And like you, once I get it started, it goes ok - it's just getting it to start that is the big issue! Many thanks! Helen from South Africa

Submitted: 16/12/2013 11:11:15 | ID: 59391

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Arthur Cooper, England

Fiat Panda 2004

My Fiat Panda`s clutch pedal sometimes does not come up on release. If I press on the pedal again it comes up normally. What can I do about this please? (eleganza)

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Hi Arthur - I am experiencing the same problem. What was the cause of your clutch sticking to the floor board? I've tried to find answers on forums and the internet, but there are too many possible causes, so am still non-the-wiser. My nearest Fiat agency is close on 200 kms away, which doesn't help either - plus I would not risk driving the car then with the clutch problem. I'd really appreciate your letting me know what you eventually had to do to fix the problem. Helen from South Africa

Submitted: 09/01/2014 11:25:00 | ID: 60468

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Jim Quigley, Lancashire

Fiat Panda 2006

My Fiat Panda has an intermittent loss of power steering when I have to switch off and then switch on to reset. Why is it doing this please?

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Hi Jim I had a similar problem, but my power steering was also making a grating sound. It turned out the power steering mechanism was starting to fail - TWO days after the car was out of warranty and with only +-24 800 kms on the clock. Power steering failure is an inherent problem with the Fiat Panda, as my subsequent research discovered. One Fiat agency in another town even confessed that he stocks the spare imported (and therefore extremely expensive) mechanism because they fix of average 5 - 7 a month! If you car is still under warranty, get this fixed ASAP. If it is not, I suggest you do like I did - which is phone around to other Fiat agencies, play dumb and let them tell you what the problem is. The ones I did all said it was most likely a failing power steering problem within seconds and with little prompting for more information to make a diagnostic on the phone. I took down names and locations of the agencies, the person I spoke to, date and time, etc. After I'd determined without doubt that this is a common problem with Fiat Pandas, I phoned the head office in my country and took the fight to them. They tried to duck behind it being out of warranty, but after promising to go viral and to the media and tarnish Fiat's name, they eventually fixed the problem at no cost to myself. The repairs at the time (import/exchange rate) would have set me back about 1 800 pounds. Hope my experience is of some help? Helen from South Africa

Submitted: 18/03/2014 11:22:16 | ID: 62931

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K Hargreaves, Yorkshire

Fiat Panda

Why after 4000 miles only and having been into the dealer once at 1000 miles for the engine oil light staying on intermittently has it started staying on now and again. I think this fault was not solved in the first instance. Now it is out of warranty there is no chance of this original problem being done without expense. I think if Fiat can't get it right first time knowing the problem is common they should give up making cars that don't even see the warranty through.

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Hi Ken My power steering packed up TWO days out of warranty and with only +-24 800 on the clock. To give you some advice, I mention this because: 1. You can prove this has been a problem from the get-go when the car was under warranty 2. Phone your Fiat head office and speak to them. I did this for my power steering problems and although I had to fight tooth and nail, eventually got them to fix it at their cost because I was able to prove that power steering problems were inherent in the Fiat Panda. So don't throw in the towel - make Fiat accountable and responsible for the problem and get them to fix it at their own cost. You have a stronger case than I did because your problems first appeared when the car was under warranty. They will give you a lot of excuses initially, like they did to me, but if you threaten to tarnish their name in the media and on social networks like I did, they will likely come to the party. Hope this is of some help? Helen from South Africa

Submitted: 10/06/2014 20:10:20 | ID: 97375

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linda, West Midlands

Fiat Panda

i have a red light come up on dashboard that looks like a steering wheel . no idea what this is can anyone help pls

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Hi Linda, I had the same problem yesterday. I stopped at my Fiat garage and was told that the warning light would normally come on In the event of electric power steering system failure, however the car can be driven with mechanical steering. My mechanic also explained that this warning light can also be illuminated if the battery charge is low, which is likely in our case as the Panda had been left at the airport for some days. We will get the battery charged and see how it looks. Al from Italy

Hi Linda The same happened to me and then my steering wheel starting making a grating sound. Found out the power steering was packing up and also discovered that this is an inherent problem with the Fiat Pandas. I only had +- 24 800 kms on the clock too! The problem also developed exactly TWO days out of its warranty and because the new mechanism is imported and had to be fitted by the Fiat agents, would have cost a huge amount of money to fix. I am not sure if your car is still under warranty? If so, get this seen to ASAP. If it is out of warranty, do your research, like I did and speak to the head office of Fiat in your country. This is what I did and I fought them tooth and nail - they eventually fetched the car and repaired it at their cost because I could prove the power steering failure was a common problem with this car make and model. Hope this helps! Helen from South Africa

Hi Linda The same happened to me and then my steering wheel starting making a grating sound. Found out the power steering was packing up and also discovered that this is an inherent problem with the Fiat Pandas. I only had +- 24 800 kms on the clock too! The problem also developed exactly TWO days out of its warranty and because the new mechanism is imported and had to be fitted by the Fiat agents, would have cost a huge amount of money to fix. I am not sure if your car is still under warranty? If so, get this seen to ASAP. If it is out of warranty, do your research, like I did and speak to the head office of Fiat in your country. This is what I did and I fought them tooth and nail - they eventually fetched the car and repaired it at their cost because I could prove the power steering failure was a common problem with this car make and model. Hope this helps! Helen from South Africa

Submitted: 15/11/2014 23:50:14 | ID: 106263

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Frank Flanagan, Berkshire

Fiat Doblo 2007

I have owned for the past month or two a 2007 Fiat Doblo, it goes perfectly with 57k on the clock. It is annoying though that the gears are so stiff to select. I wondered if other Doblo owners have or have had this problem? I`m thinking of a fresh gear oil change, but maybe it`s characteristic of the Doblo? Can you let me know folks? Thanks. (MPV)

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Hi frank just bought a 2011 fiat doblo 1.3 multijet yes mines the same gear shifts are stiff and the clutch pedal, most of them are like that , a macanic told me they might have two cables on the gear exchange jim Samele from Surrey

Hi frank just bought a 2011 fiat doblo 1.3 multijet yes mines the same gear shifts are stiff and the clutch pedal, most of them are like that , a macanic told me they might have two cables on the gear exchange jim Samele from Surrey

Submitted: 21/03/2014 10:09:25 | ID: 63133

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jimmy, Australia

Fiat Ducato

Hello I hope u can help me I have 09model 160 multi jet Camper 3 litre diesel. I currently have the up graded 180amp alternator and due to my added accessories I need 220 amp alternator. Is there any way I can achieve this through fiat or does anyother company u could tell me that could provide me with the larger alternator that will fit my great campervan

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Hi mate hope use are having a better holiday now and things start to go your way.where onto it now And ill get it sorted.look after yourself and the big fella for us.c u soon gerry And kylie from Australia

Submitted: 03/12/2014 13:26:50 | ID: 107320

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Jenny, Buckinghamshire

Fiat Grande Punto 2008

My Fiat Grande Punto`s dashboard lights come on, but it won`t start. I had the Fiat main dealer look at it and they replaced the body immobiliser module, as this is what their computer read. One week later the same thing happened. I took it back and they can`t find anything wrong with it. The car has only done 14,000 miles. Any ideas please?

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Mine does the same in heavy rain especially if it's windy - apparently Fiay have admitted there's a problem as rain drips into the engine there is a tube you can now buy to have fitted costs and a tenner. janet from Greater Manchester

Mine does the same in heavy rain especially if it's windy - apparently Fiay have admitted there's a problem as rain drips into the engine there is a tube you can now buy to have fitted costs and a tenner. janet from Greater Manchester

Submitted: 13/12/2012 11:52:53 | ID: 65365

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Doug Sollars, Gloucestershire

Fiat Punto

75 New Barn Lane Prestbury Cheltenham Hi Guys I have a 2002 Active 1.2 8v, It has a small oil leak showing under the ignition coils and running down the front of the block. I have replaced the cam shaft cover gasket but still have the leak,any ideas. Regards,Doug.

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Hi Doug. Simple fix for this one. Disconnect the trigger wires from the coils (leave the HT leads in place) and undo the 3 x 10mm nuts / bolts that hold the coil bracket onto the end of the cylinder head. Pull the bracket out of the head. Clean-up the end of the bracket (there should be an o-ring on the spigot, leave this in place) and the opening in the head. Apply a proprietary RTV sealant to the spigot of the coil bracket, leave for a few minutes for it to begin curing, then refit the bracket, tighten the nuts / bolts and reconnect the wiring. Leave it for an hour or two before driving to allow the sealant time to cure. No more leak. Best wishes, Magik Joe from West Midlands

Submitted: 01/12/2014 17:29:50 | ID: 107200

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Claire, Lincolnshire

Fiat Stilo

Hi, every 2 out of 3 times I start my Stilo I get an engine warning light, it says "loose connection" and the engine fault light stays on. 1 of the three times... this 'fault' is also accompanied by no Rev counter movement at all, very sluggish and the 'triangle' warning light comes on and stays on, and the car is in what my mechanic calls 'get you home mode'. The "loose connection" warning appears to be the camshaft sensor and that has been ordered and will be replaced shortly, however I was driving on the A14 today and my Rev counter suddenly 'surged' the temperature gauge shot to 'hot' and a red light came on and the word 'Stop' on my display..! This was accompanied by a sudden loss of power. However almost imeadiatly the car 'came back to life and all the warnings disappeared! Could these faults be connected and does this all point to the camshaft sensor? Thnk you.??

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Sorry it should read "crankshaft sensor" not "camshaft"... ?? Claire from Lincolnshire

Hi. Just want to ask did the crankshaft sensor solve the problem? My 1.6 Stilo is doing the exact same thing as yours and I really don`t know where to start! Cheers :-) Sam Nagle from Cornwall

Hi Sam, no unfortunately it didn't.. I think it's time to investigate the ECU ! This seems to be a popular cause for these electrical warning faults..! Car is hopefully going in the next week to see a 'man who has all the testing equipment' and fingers crossed will get to the bottom of this! It's driving me mad now.. Everytime i start the car I get the dreaded 'ping' sound...! There is an app for smart phones I've downloaded called 'Fiat Forum' which I've found very useful.. It 's as the name says a forum for Fiat owners with a sub group for Stilo owners and is full of useful posts and info..! ?? Claire from Lincolnshire

Well that's handy to know. My inkling was towards the ecu! I did see a video on you tube where apparently theecu Iis quite close to the engine and over time the heat softens the solder so the pins in the connector plugdrop slightly. He did take ecu in half and heated up pins so they dropped back into place and his car worked so I think that may be my first try! May keep it going for a bit! the other codes on mine come up as throttle body intermittent high and low voltage but again so much is beeping it could be anything! Sam Nagle from Cornwall

I'm 99% sure this all points to the ECU..! I've read so much on this topic lately and I'm sure I've also seen the video you mentioned! Not sure if it will be a repair or replace job yet though.. Hope it gets fixed soon as I love the car otherwise! ?? Claire from Lincolnshire

Did you ever get the problem sorted? Mine had real problems after work a couple of weeks ago. took ten minutes to start and then kept cutting power then about halfway home it was fine and the engine light had gong out. On getting home ralised a headlight bulb had blown. Not had any problems with it since.....touch wood...... Sam Nagle from Cornwall

Submitted: 12/10/2014 00:09:16 | ID: 104474

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Kevin watts, Ireland

Fiat Ducato

Where is the brake fluid reservoir on my 2.5 td campervan left hand drive? Thanks.

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its under the spare wheel,remove the spare wheel and its there JOHN from Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles)

its under the spare wheel,remove the spare wheel and its there JOHN from Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles)

Submitted: 20/11/2014 10:43:06 | ID: 106528

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fouzi, South Africa

Fiat Punto

Hi, Something is never happen. Fiat punto grande model 2006. When you put the key on all the light come on only light not on is oil light and engine light. Once you put the key on and you turn the key full to the position to start nothing happen. The engine not turning at all. I check and put another battery, nothing. I take off starter test on the ground is working. Put starter back try to brige the starter nothing happen. I check all the fuses and relays all tfine. Why engine light and oil light stay off when the ignition is on? Why the engine is not starting at all.? Can be that the cause and what the cure for this problem. Diagnostic can not be done because the engine light do not come on. Thank you Fouzi

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Hi Fouzi. Check the earth cable from the battery to the engine block. You can test whether this is the problem by running a booster cable from a suitable area of bare metal on the engine block to the negative terminal of the battery. If everything is then working, replace the earth cable. They usually break between the body connection and the gearbox. Best wishes, Magik Joe from West Midlands

Submitted: 26/11/2014 09:03:25 | ID: 106915

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Linda, Lancashire

Fiat Seicento 2001

My Fiat Seicento`s horn no longer works and I need to check the fuse. I know where the fuse box is but not which fuse relates to the horn. Does anyone know please?

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I believe it is fuse 17 - numbers are embossed on back of fuse cover plate. Malcolm from Northamptonshire

I believe it is fuse 17 - numbers are embossed on back of fuse cover plate. Malcolm from Northamptonshire

It is no. 17, but it is normally the horn that fails. They are right at the front of the engine bay just to the right of the radiator. Generally held on by a single 10 mm nut they are quite easy to replace. James from Cheshire

Submitted: 08/10/2013 15:08:13 | ID: 55904

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Melanie Murray, Lancashire

Fiat Seicento 2001

Hi, could you please tell/describe to me where I put the oil in my Fiat Seicento? (sporting)

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When you open the bonnet the first thing you normally see is the big grey air box on top of the engine. To the left of this (as you look at the car) there is a black square rubber plug that sits in the flat rocker cover on top of the engine. This is where you put your oil. You should be able to pull the plug out by putting your fingers under the front edge and pull up. Hope that helps. James from Cheshire

When you open the bonnet the first thing you normally see is the big grey air box on top of the engine. To the left of this (as you look at the car) there is a black square rubber plug that sits in the flat rocker cover on top of the engine. This is where you put your oil. You should be able to pull the plug out by putting your fingers under the front edge and pull up. Hope that helps. James from Cheshire

Submitted: 25/11/2013 15:14:58 | ID: 58534

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Billy P, England

Fiat Doblo Cargo 2007

Hello, I have a problem with my Fiat Doblo Cargo 1.3 Multijet... I can’t get warm air into the car, the fan is working but there is no heat. What might be the problem?

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There could be air in your water system or possibly the head gasket. Check there is no oil in the water. If there is, it will be the head gasket and also check the oil to see if there is water in that because that can also mean head gasket Paul Dand from Lincolnshire

Compare the temperatures of the top and bottom radiator hoses. If the top is hot and the bottom cold them it could be your thermostat is not opening for circulation Jomanda Thompson from Leicestershire

The problem is almost certainly leaves and debris in the blower of the heater motor. Undo three screws under the heater motor (under glove box) undo multiplug and lower carefully . You'll be amazed how much leaves, twigs, moss etc is in there. Clean out and will run hotter and quieter. Richard Turner from West Yorkshire

The problem is almost certainly leaves and debris in the blower of the heater motor. Undo three screws under the heater motor (under glove box) undo multiplug and lower carefully . You'll be amazed how much leaves, twigs, moss etc is in there. Clean out and will run hotter and quieter. Richard Turner from West Yorkshire

Submitted: 23/01/2012 15:52:54 | ID: 73629

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Ardi, Albania

Fiat Stilo 2003

Hi. When I accelerate over 200kmph my Fiat Stilo 1.9 jtd starts to make a hissing noise that seems to come out of the engine. Two days ago I replaced the thermostat. Someone told me that it could be a malfunction in EGR valve. Could you give me an answer? Many thanks in advance.

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Slow down!!!!! police from Cambridgeshire

Could be the tubo hose leaking. I had to replace mine ( noise comes from left front of engine ) Barry Smith from Staffordshire

Could be the tubo hose leaking. I had to replace mine ( noise comes from left front of engine ) Barry Smith from Staffordshire

Submitted: 06/12/2013 15:06:32 | ID: 58914

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