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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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sarah, East Riding of Yorkshire

FIAT 500

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

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

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

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

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

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peter woodmansey, City of York

FIAT Grande Punto

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

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

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

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Darren Swain, Fife

FIAT Stilo

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

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

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

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I Peters, Darlington

FIAT Grande Punto

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

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

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

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

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Don Richards, Wiltshire

FIAT Panda

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

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

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

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kharlo, Germany

FIAT 500

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

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

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

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Leanne, South Yorkshire

FIAT Grande Punto

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

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

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

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Kerri-Lyn Roelofse, Somerset

FIAT Panda

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

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

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

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Sa Bu, Shropshire

FIAT Punto 2000

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

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

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

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Kevin James, Torfaen

FIAT 500

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

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

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

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J Eggison, Lincolnshire

FIAT Panda

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

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

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

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Denis Fitzpatrick, Lanarkshire

FIAT Doblo 2003

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

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

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

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

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

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T Bradbury, West Yorkshire

FIAT Ducato

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

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

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

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Steve, Devon

FIAT Ducato

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

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

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

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Andy, Hertfordshire

FIAT Doblo

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

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

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

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

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Nicola Barton, England

FIAT Grande Punto 2007

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

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

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

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

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william ellis, City of Glasgow

FIAT Grande Punto

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

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

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

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Pauline.williams171@gmail.cim, Cardiff

FIAT Ducato

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

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

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

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