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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. Your 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. Your 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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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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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 Gennaro 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 Gennaro 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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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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John Hacking, England

Fiat Punto 2001

Hi. I have a Fiat Punto 2001 that has been sitting on my driveway for the past 14 months and hasn’t moved. Stupidly the battery wasn’t disconnected so it is dead. I have re-inflated the tyres and looked at the oil, it is a thick black colour. There was a very small amount of fuel left in the tank before it was left. Could anyone offer any advice as to how I can get it back on the road? Thanks.

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First thing to do would be to charge battery for a good day or so id also jack the car up drivers side and try to by hand only to make sure you crank it over by hand. And has not seized once ur confident engine has free movement no tightness then start the car also beware it may take a few attempts at this point to start but it will eventually once started leave engine to idle to normal temperature then check oil level, if its dropped below minimum marker be prepared to change oil along with oil filter this is normal procedure after cars been off the road a while and as rule of thumb u say oil is thick and black you would be wise to change it any case, then u should be just fine :) dale from Vale of Glamorgan

First thing to do would be to charge battery for a good day or so id also jack the car up drivers side and try to crank over by hand only to make sure you crank it over by hand. And has not seized once ur confident engine has free movement no tightness then start the car also beware it may take a few attempts at this point to start but it will eventually once started leave engine to idle to normal temperature then check oil level, if its dropped below minimum marker be prepared to change oil along with oil filter this is normal procedure after cars been off the road a while and as rule of thumb u say oil is thick and black you would be wise to change it any case, then u should be just fine :) dale from Vale of Glamorgan

Submitted: 18/10/2012 12:33:52 | ID: 65165

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Steve, Leicestershire

Fiat Ducato

2.5 turbo diesel Hymer motorhome, engine runs and sounds fine but recently it seems to be really sluggish on the motorway and struggles to keep up with lorries and I keep having to change down. It was serviced two months ago. Any suggestions please? Many thanks.

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http://www.dieselplace.com/forum/76-speciality-forums/64-maintenance-fluids/177728-lubricity-additive-study-results.html Hello , What was done on the service , anything adjusted ,pump belt fitted wrong if changed . check receipts , did it gradually deteriorate ? Could be turbo related , I take it that your engine is pre 1994 But here is something you can do to boost power and clean injectors . add mineral 2 stroke oil at 200 to 1 or 50mls to 10 litres fuel , get an old gear oil container with a slide out spout and fill it and mark the sides , squirt in tank before filling , does not have to be accuarate . I buy 5ltrs Comma mineral 2st oil (greencolour) A litre of the oil will do 200 litres fuel . Only allow qualified / experienced CAV personell to touch the pump , the injectors are good for 150 thou mls before service . The above link compares useing 2st oil over some expensive additives . tj from Devon

Submitted: 25/10/2014 17:23:03 | ID: 105107

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Kelly, Greater Manchester

Fiat Punto

I`ve just bought a Punto 04, MOT due in Feb 2015. It says on the last MOT rear side coil corroded. Is this dangerous and how much would it cost to be repaired at a garage?

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Hi Kelly, its not dangerous unless its very seriously corroded, the paint flakes-off the springs as they age and it looks far worse than it is. Springs are not expensive (unless you go to a Fiat dealer) and fitting is quick and reasonably simple. If you do decide to replaced the springs it is best practice to replace them as a pair, i.e. replace both sides. Best wishes, Magik Joe from West Midlands

Hi Kelly, its not dangerous unless its very seriously corroded, the paint flakes-off the springs as they age and it looks far worse than it is. Springs are not expensive (unless you go to a Fiat dealer) and fitting is quick and reasonably simple. If you do decide to replaced the springs it is best practice to replace them as a pair, i.e. replace both sides. Best wishes, Magik Joe from West Midlands

Submitted: 20/11/2014 10:24:56 | ID: 106527

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Stacey, Kent

Fiat Grande Punto

Went to start the car and an error message on the dash said fuel cut off unavailable. I tried again and it said airbag failure, see handbook. My car won't start and ignition automatically shuts the car down. Central locking has also stopped working. Any ideas?

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I'm having the same issue right now. Any luck with you? Erand Jonuzi from Essex

I'm having the same issue right now. Any luck with you? Erand Jonuzi from Essex

It was a faulty battery as crazy as that sounds. Everything was fine after a new battery was fitted. Stacey from Kent

Ditto - crazy Erand Jonuzi from Essex

Submitted: 19/06/2014 15:00:04 | ID: 98034

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Wilma Fielding, Moray

Fiat Punto

The electrics in my Fiat Punto have gone absolutely crazy. Started 3 days ago when engine switched on all dashboard lights started flashing - when I reset the clock everything returned to normal. Happened a couple of times. Yesterday rear wiper started up without me turning the handle and would only stop when I put the headlights on. Today battery completely flat and once charged up each time I start the car up all lights flashing again. Now when I switch off the ignition and remove the key the flashing dashboard lights start up again!! Mechanic friend says he's never seen anything like it in his life. Expect battery to be flat tomorrow morning again. Does anyone have any idea what this could be? As it is an old, but usually very reliable, car (2004) I don't want to have to spend more than the car is worth.

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When it happened to mine the windscreen was leaking water into the electrics, the headlights flashed on and off very quickly and the fuel gauge went haywire . I would check for leaks with a hose pipe. andy from Cheshire

When it happened to mine the windscreen was leaking water into the electrics, the headlights flashed on and off very quickly and the fuel gauge went haywire . I would check for leaks with a hose pipe. andy from Cheshire

Submitted: 16/11/2014 19:15:15 | ID: 106286

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Nelson Metharam, London

Fiat Scudo 2003

I`ve just found oil in the water tank of my Fiat Scudo. What does this mean?

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Cylinder head gasket is gone. Make sure you skim the head before fitting a new gasket jordan_uk from London

had same problem with my expert,if no lost power its the oil cooler not the head as I thought cheers craig from Fife

Submitted: 25/11/2013 16:01:25 | ID: 64866

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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

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

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Mike Holder, Hampshire

Fiat Idea

On console in front of gear stick are two switches the one on the right operates door locks the one on the left says CITY can you tell me its function cannot find any reference to it in owners manual.

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It`s for City Power Steering, ultra light. Press it as you are turning the wheel and you`ll see what I mean. EasymodeStef Pridden from Derbyshire

Submitted: 19/10/2014 20:25:39 | ID: 104875

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Jason Holloway, England

Fiat Ducato 2002

I have just purchased my first Fiat Ducato and the leisure battery is flat. I have since found out it is located under the passenger seat which I tried to remove today without success, as the screws were quite stubborn. I cannot use the electric hook up as there is not much space outside my house to park so my question is have you any tips on what I should do?

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Only way is to take the seat off, use a long reach allen key. Did mine ok. By the way, have you tried charging the battery. In situ, you will need a trickle charger to do this and it takes a long time U Jonson from Derbyshire

You remove three of the torx screws, 2 at the back and one nearest the door then loosen of the last screw and it will swivel round giving access to battery...every forum on this is giving very bad advice. Takes a few minutes working slowly. celeste from Merseyside

You remove three of the torx screws, 2 at the back and one nearest the door, then loosen off the last screw and it will swivel round giving access to the battery. Every forum on this is giving very bad advice. Takes a few minutes working slowly. celeste from Merseyside

Submitted: 03/01/2013 15:42:03 | ID: 66738

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reuben, West Sussex

Fiat Ducato

i am considering buying a 2004 2.3 turbo diesel motorhome, would like to know if there should be a red key with the ignition keys

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Indeed there should be 2 Black Keys and 1 Red/Brown Key .Also make sure you have the code for reseting the imobiliser should it fail. Carol T from Leicestershire

Indeed there should be 2 Black Keys and 1 Red/Brown Key .Also make sure you have the code for reseting the imobiliser should it fail. Carol T from Leicestershire

Submitted: 11/08/2014 15:16:02 | ID: 101330

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Cliff Atkin, North Yorkshire

Fiat Scudo

My Scudo based motorhome is now 14 years old but still in excellent condition both the coach built body & the cab. I have a problem with water seeping into the passenger foot well but can't find the point of entry. I have read a couple of responses in the Forum & have checked these out if the cab interior light & the drainage tubesunder the vents. All seem OK. As the cab part is now 14 years old I am thinking it maybe the breaking down of the wwindscreen sealant. I ask if the windscreen can be removed by Auto glass or whoever without damage. A difficult question & a difficult one to answere. Any help or suggestions will be very much appreciated. I don't know just how long this has been going on. It's beginning to smell like a cats litter tray! Cheers Cliff A

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Check the air vents outside the cab just below the windscreen wipers. I have a Scudo based camper 2001 and if these vents are loose rainwater can run down behind them. Double adhesive sided foam like draft excluder will fix it. J Baxter from Devon

Submitted: 01/08/2014 17:52:09 | ID: 100728

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Jess, Bristol

Fiat Punto

My steering goes heavy now and again and it's hard to steer?

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Hi Jess, what year is your Punto? magik-spannerz.co.uk/punto has some useful information about these problems or contact me for advice and help. Best wishes, Magik Joe from West Midlands

Submitted: 03/11/2014 10:35:01 | ID: 105561

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