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Nigel Clarke, Oxfordshire

FIAT Croma

Hi has my fiat croma 2005 have a electricit power steering

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Yes, your Croma has the electro-hydraulic steering system. They have proven to be quite troublesome, see the Fiat Croma owners forums Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 18/05/2017 16:08:42 | ID: 141371

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Terry Rolph, Norfolk

FIAT Ducato 1991

I have just bought a Hymer 564 motorhome on a Fiat Ducato 1991. Everything is great except for one thing. I cannot select first, second or reverse without a great amount of trouble. My local garage said it’s me and they have no problem. My son has no problem either but me and my better half just cannot do it. There is so much play in it it’s not true. Can anyone suggest a specialist or help us, because we are both being driven round the bend?

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Depending on the mileage, it is beneficial to change the engine and gear box oil; Flush the system out first and then refill. There nay be wear in the linkage and a google search will source you a chap in England whom retrofits the hymer setups. If the garage says it’s OK - perhaps it’s OK and the style of driving is not accustomed to the unit. Try and just be gentle with it, it’s a 20 year old engine when double clutching was not to far in the distance of the 90’s Good luck and don’t forget to stick a huge magnet on the gearbox to catch the 5th gear should it shred. Prevention rather than cure! Fergal Doyle from County Antrim

I had similar problem. I discovered that the gearbox oil level was just below (as little as as a couple of mm) below the min level mark. Check your gearbox oil level and top up (if required) so that the level sits between min and max level (only about 5mm between these marks). The total oil vol is about 1.5 litres so carefull topping up. Made a huge difference to mine anyway. Mike from Ireland

Hi, I had the same problem last year and looking through the service history from previous owners I noticed that they had only had the gearbox rebuilt 6000 miles previously (2 yrs.). So I contacted the rebuild chap and got it down to him (near the new forest). Turns out that the Ducato 1.9TD gearbox is not the greatest anyway and it has a breather on the top. Because motorhomes spend lots of time parked up, damp and water builds up around the breather and slowly seeps into the gearbox. This then emulsifies with the oil to form a milky liquid which once the gearbox runs acts like sandpaper and ultimately ruins the gearbox. I had to have the gearbox rebuilt again because this had happened, but the solution for the future; run the vehicle every 3 - 4 weeks throughout the year on a local run to warm up the oil hand to burn off any damp forming before it seeps in and at the beginning of every season change the gearbox oil (about 2 litres). Do not try to put oil in the box when on ramps as the actual filler point is too low on the box and you do not get enough in. Instead, take out the sensor on the top whilst on a flat surface and refill via this. If you have already lost 1st /2nd gear you may need a rebuild first but if it is just sticky a prompt oil change may keep the problem at bay Stephen Rickard from Hertfordshire

Have read that the windscreen drain pipe runs near the gearbox and if not properly clipped in water can drain into the gearbox. Andy from Lancashire

Submitted: 06/08/2013 15:43:29 | ID: 53361

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Matt Downes, Ireland

FIAT Ducato 2007

Hi, I have an 07 Fiat Ducato 100 multijet. When I start it it cuts out again. I restart it and it might stay running for a minute and then will cut out. When I`m driving it will lose power (cuts out) and the only way of getting power back is to turn off the ignition and back on again. Fault code stored is p0600, K line fault. The van has always been hunting up and down from nearly new, so I had fitted a new egr valve but it still was the same. The ECU had water in it but there were no signs of damage or corrosion in it. I have dried out the ecu and left in hot press for a week but it is still the same. Has anyone seen this before or is this a common fault? (100)

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Hi Matt, have had the same problem with my 07 Ducato for the last 2 years, have replaced 2 egr valves and mass air flow sensor but problem lies with wiring loom around that area, any luck with yours? John Noone from Ireland

I’ve had this problem for 3 years with a Fiat 2006 jtd. Checked by Fiat service and an reputable independent auto electrician with no satisfactory outcome or code number. Same cure - switch off and on - presumably this resets the ECU - very hairy at night or in difficult circumstances. Potentially very expensive to pay for unsuccessful investigations!! I’ll watch this space with interest Mike Black from Yorkshire

Hi, I had this problem with my 08 100 multijet . Turned out to be the fuel filter. It was very dirty, probably never changed from new. So cheap to fix it might be worth a try. Hope this helps. Bob from Buckinghamshire

Hi there, I’ve been working on a friend’s Multijet Ducato 2007 3.0 for a year now, I’m an auto electrical tech and usually find problems quite fast, even having repaired ECU faults. This one, however, has been a nightmare as so far - I have only found the throttle body to be faulty. Errors are different to yours but after throttle body replaced (old one was rusted solid within the electrical control body) the fault returned. I know the wiring inside out and have had to resort to fitting a manual feed circuit to the throttle body to try to eliminate the fault returning. The ECU has signs of water corrosion so my next job is to take this apart to see what the PCB looks like. Earths have been cleaned, main relay board stripped out and checked, relays replaced etc. Anyway to help you out, K line fault means the twisted pair of wires from one ECU (or component) to another may be damaged/corroded, or have poor connection. You need the wiring diagram to start with, then trace all wires in the loom that are the K-Line wires in question to inspect and test the wires and connections. Hope that helps a little, but it’s a process that can take a lot of time. MC from England

I don't know if this helps at all, but according to my wiring diagrams this vehicle does not run a separate K-line system, only CAN and VAN. The K-line is a single wire communication circuit from either the instrument panel or body module to the DLC and not two twisted wired like on either CAN or VAN. This leads me to believe that the K-line is actually build into the body module (on this vehicle) however trying to prove this......? It would be interesting to see what other fault codes come from all the other controllers on board. Lee from Devon

I don't know if this helps at all, but according to my wiring diagrams this vehicle does not run a separate K-line system, only CAN and VAN. The K-line is a single wire communication circuit from either the instrument panel or body module to the DLC and not two twisted wired like on either CAN or VAN. This leads me to believe that the K-line is actually build into the body module (on this vehicle) however trying to prove this......? It would be interesting to see what other fault codes come from all the other controllers on board. Lee from Devon

Hi guys any joy with these problems as I got exactly the same problem was it wiring loom or wet terminals ect Thanks Neil Neil from Warwickshire

Submitted: 06/11/2012 09:42:36 | ID: 91307

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Martin Campbell, Armagh

FIAT Ducato

My engine is not heating up my temperature hand does not move what would be wrong.

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Check your coolant fluid levels urgently, if there is no coolant then there is no temperature reading! chris from Cheshire

Submitted: 20/04/2017 15:35:03 | ID: 140779

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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

Typically this is a indication that the door sensor is worn out. Replace the door switch. Stephen from United States of America

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

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Teresa, Flintshire

FIAT Ducato

Hi, I have just bought a 1997 fiat lwb Ducato maxi motor caravan. When the handbrake is engaged it makes a buzzing noise , can anyone help to let me know what this is. Also when should I get the timing belt changed its at 104000 at the moment. Does anyone have any manuals I could buy. Thank you. Teresa

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Your timing belt replacement depends on which engine you have for example the 1.9 is 8 years or 72,000 miles, and the 2.0D is 4 years or 72,000 miles. There are other engines. I am not familiar with the buzzer which sounds when your handbrake is applied. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Hi High, thank you for the reply and it when the handbrake is disengaged it makes a buzzing noise. When I pick it up I will ask about timing belt. Teresa from Flintshire

Submitted: 10/05/2017 16:33:44 | ID: 141217

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Mustafa, Albania

FIAT Croma

In my croma monitor i saw today "rhs rear power window safety unavailable", how i can fix this problem. Thank you

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Try lowering all windows and raising all windows at least three times, this should clear te warning Doug from Kent

in my case was ok to lowering and keep 3-4 sec the button pressed and after to raising and again keep 3-4 sec the button pressed. I did for each window and no any alarm after. Seb from Belgium

Submitted: 26/02/2017 18:21:12 | ID: 139217

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georde ballantine, County Tyrone

FIAT Ducato

hi where is diesel pump on a 2007 fiat ducato

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it tensions the cam belt so its on the l h side of the engine with the bonnet up. nick from Carmarthenshire

Submitted: 04/03/2017 16:15:51 | ID: 139453

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Dean Merrett, Lincolnshire

FIAT Ducato

The best way to get old alternator off is it to take off the exhaust? And what part is best to disconnect

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I have changed the alternator on the ducato x250 several times , removing the alternator is not the hard part , its getting it out of the engine bay , the easiest option I found was to remove the bolts on the power steering pump and swivel it round , creating a gap for alternator removal. I have since my repaired it in situ. Most alternator faults can be repaired by changing the voltage regulator, which sits on the back of the alternator , this can be done with the use of a pit or a ramp, via access underneath. nick from Carmarthenshire

Submitted: 30/03/2017 19:44:21 | ID: 140294

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Dave Norman, Essex

FIAT Ducato

Hi how do you remove heater hoses from heater matrix .Is there a oring in the fitting as I have slight weep from the joint . Many thanks Dave .

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Heater hoses can be difficult to remove because of the heat over the years the rubber goes hard and they really stick to the pipe stubs. Remove the hose clips then get pipe wrenches on to the joint and twist to break the seal. Then work the hoses off with a bent screwdriver or similar. You have to be careful, the heater matrix nowadays can be quite brittle being made of plastic and crimped aluminium parts, it's very easy to cause a bigger leak. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Thanks for the answer but I think the leak is from the plastic coupling that fit to the matrix, where I think there is a o ring .It looks like clips on the plastic joint but not sure please advise. Thanks . Dave Norman from Essex

You only give a very basic description of your vehicle, no specific details, not even the year of manufacture. So I can only respond with basic advice. Have a nice evening Hugh from City of Glasgow

Hi my vehicle is a 2012 fiat Ducati 2.3 motorhome Dave Norman from Essex

I am unable to tell you, the suppliers list several different types of heater arrangements, you would need to contact them with your VIN number etc to be sure. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Thanks Hugh for your email . Dave Norman from Essex

Submitted: 24/04/2017 13:59:33 | ID: 140861

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dale, Derbyshire

FIAT Grande Punto

hi, just wondering it happened to me last Tuesday and this morning when I first turn the car on the battery light pops up and steering is heavy like p/s has gone so I turn it off then straight back on and it goes and the steering normal and light and light goes off like I said happened last Tuesday afternoon and hasn't happened again since first thing this morning, can someone help me please, I had a new battery and alternator last month so I don't know hat it could be.

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Are you quite sure it was the battery light that came on and not the power steering one? They're quite close and same colour I think so the most likely explanation is you mistook one for the other. Power steering is a common problem on Grande Punto's. Matt from Cheshire

Submitted: 01/02/2017 09:28:24 | ID: 138588

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Howard, Flintshire

FIAT Ducato

I have a fiat ducato ci carioca 2.3 year 2005. I have no manual and do not understand the control panel inside the model and I also do not know where the switch is so I can use the heater when I have a hook up.

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Hi are you still having problems with your control panel i do have a leaflet saying what button does what if that would help you , if you want a copy send me your email address and i will send you a copy Regards Steve Steve from Kent

Submitted: 06/02/2017 22:16:06 | ID: 138762

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Tim Cook, Lancashire

FIAT Ducato

Hello There is a small (approx 1 cm), black switch located at the very end of dashboard, between dash and drivers side door. It is just about accessible when the door is closed. It can be clicked on to 2 positions; presumably, on or off. It has no discernible markings. It is not shown in the user manual; or at least I can't find it there. Please can anyone advise as to what this switch is for? Many thanks.

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Is it a black circular rocker switch? Do you have a Strikeback alarm fitted? If yes to both questions, then it is the switch to engage external security cable for bikes etc. Handiyman Peter Brewster from Hampshire

Submitted: 10/04/2017 20:58:33 | ID: 140540

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Nigel robson, Derbyshire

FIAT Panda

Hi I am looking at buying a panda for my daughter but it has an intermittent oil light problem. Goes on and off with no apparent regularity. The car doesn't burn oil and the oil level is good. How do I know if its an electrical or oil pressure problem? Any help would be appreciated Nigel.

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There are many many to choose from. Find another and let the seller sort this out properly before trying to sell it on. it could be nothing or it could be a bundle of trouble caused by lack of oil, lack of oil changes the wrong oil used or serious engine wear. So back to square one and find another one. They are great cars and very reliable if properly maintained. Peter Cresswell from Norfolk

Submitted: 28/02/2017 19:56:25 | ID: 139305

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Brooke, Kent

FIAT 500

Hi, my ignition light seems to be coming on when I am travelling at 70mph+ only. Why is this? After travelling home on Tuesday the light (which would normally flash) stayed on and caused a warning message to come up saying 'check engine'. Useless with cars and this is really worrying me. Thanks

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Hi did u fix this problem old relpy sorry but my fiat 500 is having same problem I take it to garage they say its fixed but the light still comes up on when I'm on motorway sophie from Essex

Submitted: 04/09/2014 21:53:22 | ID: 102618

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Sharon, United States of America

FIAT 500X

I have a 2016 Fiat Trekking plus. I love my car! Twice while I was driving, I heard an extremely loud warning signal that was so startling that I prepared for something dire to happen. I don't know what the signal was trying to tell me and I searched for the problem, but it stopped after a few seconds. I am unaware of what I did to stop it. It was way louder than any other chimes the car has made, almost to the point of a loud constant fire alarm. . It was actually frightening! Both times, I was touching my dog who was in the passenger seat sleeping soundly. Perhaps, I was distracted and did something wrong? What might it have been?

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It might have been your lane departure warning system or the frontal collision avoidance system warning if someone cut you off while changing lanes for example. Long shot; if you have a very small dog and it was lying on the front seat it might have triggered the seat belt warning signal, a larger dog would have triggered the fault immediately because the seat has a pressure switch to detect passengers. IF so then fasten the passenger seat belt. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 07/04/2017 07:33:20 | ID: 140460

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Nlebedim. Adolphus, Germany

FIAT Grande Punto

Side airbag is open and car switched off, what can i do to start the car again Waiting for positive answer Thanks

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Just remove one connection from battery and wait for 5 min. It will reset car brain and it will start. And if whenever it doesn't start, do it again Bhagveer Singh from India

Submitted: 06/02/2016 06:56:37 | ID: 127194

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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

Hi Don I to have this issue on my wife's panda 2016 easy 1.2 we have had it back twice to the dealer/fiat customer service Fiat are going to a lot of time to convince us that it is the characteristic of the car But as a mechanic i used to fix issues not as severe as this It is dangerous as it occurs at moments when crossing carraigeways or roundabouts power output is unpredictable This needs fixed its a simple as that Get on to fiat a chase them for a solution Regard Robert Robert Dickie from Stirling

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

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Mike maclean, Highland

FIAT Grande Punto

Fitted new clutch now can't get gearbox back in checked splines they fit ok why will box not go in Mike?

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Did you replace the whole clutch, dual mass flywheel and concentric slave cylinder assy? Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 23/03/2017 02:20:40 | ID: 140094

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mushtaq, Greater London

FIAT Doblo

Speed not going above 70mph with my 1.9 JTD Diesel 2005 Fiat Doblo, even when I am flooring the accelerator, sometimes the spped drops from 70moh back to 60mph, any thoughts what it could be? Thanks

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I have a doblo van 2010 and it has a speed limiter fitted so will not go over 70mph , I have been told that you have to take to an approved fiat dealer to get this reversed and the limiter removed . Some companies have these fitted from new to bring insurance down Hope this helps ! jason walker from Herefordshire

Submitted: 03/01/2017 12:12:32 | ID: 137751

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Tom, South Yorkshire

FIAT Panda

When I am driving normally and take my foot off the accelerator there is a thump coming from the front as if the engine had moved. When I put my foot back on the accelerator, there is another thump. Ideas?

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Probably worn engine mount(s) or may be the exhaust system mounting broken or badly hung system. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 09/03/2017 18:04:41 | ID: 139716

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Natasha, South Africa

FIAT Punto

Hi, Day before yesterday I topped up my water-pump with water. Drove to work in the morning and everything was fine. Yesterday afternoon when I got home, as soon as I pulled into my garage there was this spraying sound and when I opened the bonnet water was spraying from the water-pump cap. I have waited for the car to cool and then topped it up again with water. I cannot see any other leaks. Drove this morning to work and everything fine. Can this be that I just did not secure the cap properly after topping up the water?

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It is a possibility, as is over-filling, a faulty water pump, stuck thermostat, head gasket failing. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 09/03/2017 04:29:09 | ID: 139677

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Mr khan, West Yorkshire

FIAT Doblo

Hi my van fiat doblo 1.9 diesel the engine is shaking and it gives white smoke at back and not picking up the speed straight away. Can you please send me the answer for my question Thanks for your time.

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White smoke on a diesel indicates unburnt fuel, possible causes are faulty injector(s), valve timing, or insufficient compression to ignite the fuel which might be a problem with the piston rings, cylinders or valve seats/gaps. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 04/03/2017 19:30:24 | ID: 139462

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sam, Greater Manchester

FIAT Grande Punto

hello, my passenger side door window wasn't going back up when i put it down so in order to fix it , i tried to check loom wire by taking it off from where it connects to the body to see if there is any snap wire but there wasn't so i put it back on but then after that whole door electric stopped working mirror, central lock, speaker. any idea what caused it and how can i fix it ? thanks

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If your asking what caused the initial problem with the window, that would be a problem with the window mechanism or the switch itself. If it had been a problem with the electrical supply you wouldn't have been able to open the window in the first place. As for the subsequent additional problems you have created all I can suggest is checking all your fuses and if they're OK disconnect the connector again and check you haven't bent any connections when you re-connected it and whilst it's apart use a multi-meter to ascertain if you're getting power to it. If power is getting there re-connect but ensure you connect it properly (it must be fitted with the correct orientation for the various connections to align correctly). Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 04/03/2017 14:09:13 | ID: 139436

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Jonathan Selby, Dorset

FIAT Panda

I bought a three-year old 4x4 in April 2016 and had a towing hitch fitted on 3/5/16. Everything seemed OK until 3/11/16 when the "ELD" unavailable light came on intermittently. This was investigated by the Fiat dealer garage in mid December under their warranty, but nothing definite was found. I kept a log of when this message appeared for 3 months and took it back to the dealer. After 2 sessions of investigation the technician reckoned that the cause was the wiring for the tow bar interfering with the ABS-ELD computer loom, and charged me over £200 as this is not covered by the garage's warranty. On taking the car back to the towing bar fitter, he assured me that this would not cause the problem as the wiring is taken off the fuse box at the battery end, and the trailer module is in the boot, beyond the differential monitor, and reckoned that the Fiat garage is having me on, since they do not wish to acknowledge their responsibility and are looking for someone else to blame (and charge). Can you please advise me whether the wiring to a tow bar could cause this failure/fault?

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After-market towbar wiring has, on some vehicles, caused problems but these problems are usually apparent immediately, not 6 months later. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 02/03/2017 16:39:42 | ID: 139370

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Lorraine tudor , Flintshire

FIAT 500

Hi I just got my 2016 fiat lounge 500 dualogic two weeks ago .The car had 70 miles on the clock and is 6 months old . I was driving g along the dual carriageway and it slowed down in 4th gear and went dead it was a frightening . It's just gone back to the garage .what a let down ??Has anyone else got one that works and is pleased with it .?lorrie.

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Hi.. You will need a new actuator costing around £1600. I am currently considering approaching a solicitor to start a class action against Fiat Tony from Greater London

Submitted: 21/10/2016 22:05:19 | ID: 136130

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Harley, Bournemouth

FIAT 500

When driving my duologic (in auto) if I have to suddenly brake it slips into neutral . I then have difficulty in getting it back into Auto. Very embarrassing when in a line of traffic. Any suggestions Please?

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Unfortunately you will need a new actuator costing around £1600 Tony from Greater London

Submitted: 14/02/2017 14:35:48 | ID: 138933

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Nigel Clarke, Oxfordshire

FIAT Croma

What number is the settings on my headlights

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We have no idea we can't see it. Are you trying to ask what number setting your headlamp height adjuster SHOULD be set at? Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 27/02/2017 20:00:53 | ID: 139276

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John yarwood, Lancashire

FIAT Doblo

I driving a 54 doblo 1.9d and i am having a problem it keeps cutting out and it wil only run if i keep the revs high and everytime i stop it cuts out i av ad new heater plugs fitted but stil doing the same cam any1 help please

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Try adding some fuel injector cleaner to the fuel tank to see if it makes any improvement. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 26/02/2017 19:18:40 | ID: 139220

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Brian Smith, Norfolk

FIAT Ducato

Can you please tell me how much water is in the complete cooling system.

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It depends on what engine you have fitted, they vary between 9 and 11.9 litres. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 25/02/2017 11:35:29 | ID: 139178

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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

hi same problem with wipers and dipped headlights on 08 ducato motorhome anyone any cures ? sam sam from Antrim

sorted my problem... figured it was more common in motorhomes because they are parked up winter months cleaned "both" earth straps "both" ends ......worked ok after that sam from Antrim

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

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Linda Crook, Lancashire

FIAT Panda

Bought my panda today but cant seem to open the rear passenger doors from the outside when the car is unlocked but i can open from them from the inside the handles are permanently pushed in so the red dot is showing.is there any solution for this problem

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Take the car back to the dealer and tell them to fix it. Since 2012 a car will fail an MOT if any of the passenger doors cannot be opened from the outside when unlocked and therefore it is effectively unroadworthy. If they refuse to fix it go to Trading Standards. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 22/02/2017 22:58:24 | ID: 139128

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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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