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Tom O Conner, England

FIAT Scudo 2007

The power steering in my Fiat Scudo van has stopped working, was working perfectly this morning, started van after work and no power steering, checked oil and belts and all seem good no leaks etc... any advice?

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It could be your battery or alternator. The steering is electric and if your battery is low on charge, the power steering packs up. It did on mine. Hope this helps Martin from England

Did you manage to get it fixed? What was it as exactly the same happened to me today? Stuck on knowing what do! Dave Vallance from Essex

The Fiat Scudo Electric Power Steering failure is very common on all Fiat Scudo models built from 2007 onwards, normally starts off as an intermittent fault but if left will eventually lead to total failure causing the steering to become very heavy in both directions with the power steering light illuminating on the dash. The common faults that will indicate that your power steering pump is faulty are: 1. Heavy steering in both directions. 2. Intermittent loss of steering. 3. Complete loss of power steering. 4. Noisy power steering pump. 5. Leaking power steering pump. 6. Power steering light illuminating on the dash. Power Steering pumps that are self coding (so dont need a dealer visit once fitted to code to the car) are available online on an exchange basis Mark from Durham

I have rThe same problem where do I find the pump? Steve from Warwickshire

Submitted: 14/08/2012 16:51:11 | ID: 75553

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Mike thompson, Northumberland

FIAT Ducato

I have a 2008 Rapido motorhome Ducato 2.3 130 multijet it has just started to fail to start after a long journey but if left to stand for 30 mins it starts fine, also starts fine on short trips, it is as if the fuel cut is not reactivating when you turn the key. You can try it many times but it only starts when it feels like it could it be the key code failing to work??? Runs great when it starts done it three times now and causes panic when on a fuel forecourt!! Regards in advance Mike

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We have just bought a Hymer b544 1989 and are having the same problem. Seems to start fine if the engine is cold. We are not sure, but wondered if it was to do with a solenoid? Any news from your end that may help both of us? Kind regards, Harriet Harriet from West Sussex

Hi, We have a Fiat Ducato Trigano Tribute 2.3 130 multijet 2008 model and have the same issues as Mike highlighted above. We would greatly appreciate it if you could advise us what the solution to the problem was. Kind Regards Ian Ian from City of Glasgow

Hi, We have a Fiat Ducato Trigano Tribute 2.3 130 multijet 2008 model and have the same issues as Mike highlighted above. We would greatly appreciate it if you could advise us what the solution to the problem was. Kind Regards Ian Ian from City of Glasgow

Van finally failed to start at all while on holiday in north of scotland, nice trip back on a low loader Eventually found out low pressure fuel pump was not running but unable at the moment to find out why may be the immobiliser but not sure. basically no power coming to the pump, if i then run a direct live to fuel pump van starts and drives fine. I am busy tracing the wiring from fuse box to immobiliser as we do not seem to have a live. Tried new relay but no change. Checked all the bits regarding the key and attena etc but also all fine as the immobiliser lights go out, Any thoughts from anyone???? Mike thompson from Northumberland

Hi Mike - Thanks for the speedy reply. The van is currently in a Fiat garage as from this morning and they are looking into the intermittent starting issues that we both seem to have. As soon as I get some feedback I will let you know. Ian from City of Glasgow

my dads friends camper is giving these issues. . after twenty mins of driving it wont start again. there is no diesel going to injecter. I have a one way valve after the diesel filter so the fuel doesn't creep back to tank. tnk was cleaned as filters were blocked. there is what looks to be a solenoid on the injecter pump. I have a feeling this the problem. will let you kno the outcome in the next day lenny from Tipperary

my dads friends camper is giving these issues. . after twenty mins of driving it wont start again. there is no diesel going to injecter. I have a one way valve after the diesel filter so the fuel doesn't creep back to tank. tnk was cleaned as filters were blocked. there is what looks to be a solenoid on the injecter pump. I have a feeling this the problem. will let you kno the outcome in the next day lenny from Tipperary

As promised here is the reply from the Fiat dealership this afternoon. I hope this helps anyone with the same problem. Please let me know if this resolves your issue. In the short term I will probably reset the body computer plug once I find out exactly where it is, as I don't want to be forking out £800 right now. Good afternoon Mr ******* I have had a word with my technician, he had informed me that the fault with your camper is the body computer is locking out , causing it not to clear the ignition code. A simple solution to this is to disconnect the plug on the body computer to re reset it, however you would have to do that every time the fault occurs. The price for the body computer is £526.48 which would take 2 hours labour to replace, on top of the 2.5 hours we have had investigating the fault … you would be looking at a total of £787.48+VAT. The body computer is situated underneath the steering wheel behind the dash on the right hand side (next to the fuse box) Ian from City of Glasgow

By body computer do they mean immobiliser? This is behind the fuse box on the right of the steering wheel, I have the dash etc out on my camper to access it. It has special pins/clips which connect a metal cover to stop you getting to the back of the fuse box not easy to remove. I have as yet not unplugged it to see if it would reset but my ignition code appears to clear ok ie light goes out coming into the immobiliser/body computer is a grey wire from the fuse box in the engine bay it then continues to the low pressure fuel pump which is not working. Let me know if you find yours and if the unplugging works You can contact me direct on mike@presidentestate.co.uk where we could swop pictures ideas etc. Regards to all Mike thompson from Northumberland

Hi Mike, this is the report from fiat. Investigate intermittent starting fault, found when not starting, no code light. Checked fault codes & found 1 fault, checked wiring to key pick up. Checked fuse for immobiliser system OK. Checked body computer, disconnected & re-connected and vehicle started OK. Required body computer. The body computer is the part that sits behind the actual fuse box to the right side of steering wheel. The body computer cable and connector sits just to the right of the ecu socket. The body computer connecter should have two thick cables running from it, as I recall I think they are black and red cables. I have been advised if van doesn't start turn engine off and just leave keys in ignition disconnect/reconnect body cable from fuse box for a few secs and the vehicle should start. Heading to Edinburgh this weekend, so will find out if this remedies the problem. Good luck Ian from City of Glasgow

Hi Mike, this is the report from fiat. Investigate intermittent starting fault, found when not starting, no code light. Checked fault codes & found 1 fault, checked wiring to key pick up. Checked fuse for immobiliser system OK. Checked body computer, disconnected & re-connected and vehicle started OK. Required body computer. The body computer is the part that sits behind the actual fuse box to the right side of steering wheel. The body computer cable and connector sits just to the right of the ecu socket. The body computer connecter should have two thick cables running from it, as I recall I think they are black and red cables. I have been advised if van doesn't start turn engine off and just leave keys in ignition disconnect/reconnect body cable from fuse box for a few secs and the vehicle should start. Heading to Edinburgh this weekend, so will find out if this remedies the problem. Good luck Ian from City of Glasgow

Hello All I'm trying to start a friends 2003 Autostar Aryal, based on Ducato 2.8 JTD. I thnk it may have this problem as well. The van has been standing for two years and needs a lot of work, but getting it started is the first job. I have 12V at the fuel pump fuse ( engine bay fuse box) but I can't hear the fuel pimp priming the system. The vehicle is a LHD with fuse boxes either side of the dasboard. The only thick red wire I can see coming into either fuse board appears to be the main feed. I wonder if the fuse boxes switch with the drive so I should be looking at the left hand fuse box, that one appears to have the ecu connectors in it. I have tried the disconnect trick with the thick red /thick blue cables on both sides to no avail. Am I getting this right.? All thoughts appreciated R Rob Whitley from Moray

Hello All I'm trying to start a friends 2003 Autostar Aryal, based on Ducato 2.8 JTD. I thnk it may have this problem as well. The van has been standing for two years and needs a lot of work, but getting it started is the first job. I have 12V at the fuel pump fuse ( engine bay fuse box) but I can't hear the fuel pimp priming the system. The vehicle is a LHD with fuse boxes either side of the dasboard. The only thick red wire I can see coming into either fuse board appears to be the main feed. I wonder if the fuse boxes switch with the drive so I should be looking at the left hand fuse box, that one appears to have the ecu connectors in it. I have tried the disconnect trick with the thick red /thick blue cables on both sides to no avail. Am I getting this right.? All thoughts appreciated R Rob Whitley from Moray

Hi, I also have a 2008 Fiat Ducato 3.00 - auto (Swift Kon-Tiki motorhome) and have had electrical issues/starting/gear problems throughout the year. I have just been on a trip and had BIG issues as the transmission kept going into neutral whilst travelling on the busy M62! Arrived at site and booked in, on return to the unit - it would not start at all. Roadside recovery transported the unit to my local garage. In my case the Fiat Ducato electrical problem is an earth related issue, and the earth on the main fuse has short circuited and blown the fuse box. This had been tripping for some time - hence the electrical related issues on starting, gears (electrical transmission). Apparently another common problem is the earth bonding snapping and causing the same issues. The Ducato has three earth bonds for the engine. Hope this is of some help. Paul Shepherd Paul Shepherd from West Yorkshire

Submitted: 31/05/2014 08:46:16 | ID: 96568

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Don Primiano, Kent

FIAT Ulysse

Was running. Put fuel in. Dropped keys as I got in, now car wont start. Keys lock and unlock car and set and disarm the alarm. Apparently, no fuel is getting through. fuel pump fuse is good, but no power to fuel pump. Any ideas? Help please!!

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Sounds like the imobelizer has come on and needs a reset Steve from East Riding of Yorkshire

Submitted: 15/05/2014 19:15:42 | ID: 95561

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Mr Denis Murphy, Yorkshire

FIAT Scudo

is it possible to adjust the clutch on a Fiat scudo 2 ltr JTD 2001 VAN

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2005 fiat scudo is it poss to adjust clutch ?? Cheers Stevo142 Stevo from Ireland

Submitted: 21/10/2016 19:32:44 | ID: 136128

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Ken Scott, Durham

FIAT Ducato 2012

I have a Fiat Ducato based motorhome that is well under a year old and has a grand total of 1,226 gentle miles on it, but it has sprung an oil leak. It’s going in to Fiat later in the week, for them to diagnose it and submit a warranty job, but I’m wondering if this is a common issue? My previous motorhome was a 2009 on the 3 litre 160 multijet and I never had any problems with the engine. Can anyone advise please? Thanks. (2.3litre 150 multijet)

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Check breather filter down on left side of engine crank case filter, this filter blocks causing pressure to build up in sump not alowing oil to return to sump and forcing oil out through the turbo and weak joint. This breather is only on 130 and 160 multi jets. Tom T from Ireland

I have a similar problem on a 2013 ( 150 engine, 17000 miles )It's been to a Fiat dealer this week who thinks the leak is from the turbo. The inlet pipe has been tightened ( at a cost of £135 ) but this is not a certain fix. I've been told a reconditioned turbo may be needed at a cost of £1150 plus 7 hours labour at £84 per hour plus VAT to fit it. It's the first time I have had such a potentially expensive problem with a vehicle of this age and with such low mileage. It's been suggested that I approach Fiat for goodwill but I am waiting to see if tightening the pipe has worked. Paul Thomas from Somerset

We have a new one with 2500, oil leak developed, under warranty we have a turbo collar and head gasket replaced. This did not fix the issue a new engine has just been fitted and we collected it the other day. Still not convinced that issues is resolved until we have taken on a trip of some distance as opposed to just drive from that garage. They had the van 46 days! Vix from Derbyshire

Submitted: 27/06/2013 09:15:20 | ID: 63246

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Neil Beaton, England

FIAT Panda 2011

How do I remove the roof plugs on my Fiat Panda in order to fit roof bars? I tried a cross-head screwdriver on the first and it (the plastic cross) burred. I don’t want to mark the paintwork. Any ideas?(1.2 Activ)

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Hi. They should have come out quite easily, I would try two things, a small blade driver, heat the point of a star driver and press into plug making a fresh cross, leave to harden then try and unscrew, use a fair bit of down pressure to avoid slips. Cheers John Donnachie from Fife and Kinross Shires

I had the same problem two weeks ago, three came out fine the last one rounded off. I tried a couple of things, larger screwdrivers, lots of pressure but no good. In the end I needed to drill the plug with a small drill bit and then pull it out with a pair of mole grips. I now need a new plug. It turned out that although the plug is plastic the thread in the captive nut in the roof had a small amount of corrosion on it Simon from Durham

Similar story, used the inside measuring points on a vernier gauge set about two thirds diameter head to stab into the cap and twist slowly; both ways. Alan from Aberdeenshire

Submitted: 11/09/2012 11:42:20 | ID: 71563

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dave metson, Surrey

FIAT Punto

I PURCHASED THIS CAR FOR MY DAUGHTER PRIVATELY . THE SELLER TOLD ME THE LCD ODOMETER WAS NOT WORKING PROPERLY WHEN I FIRST BOUGHT IT YOU COULD JUST BARELY SEE THE MILEAGE ALSO THE SAME PROBLEM ON THE LCD PROGRAMME READ OUT ON THE RADIO / CASSETTE PLAYER .NEXT DAY THE MILEAGE READ OUT HAS COMPLETELY DISAPPEARED. THE RADIO READ OUT IS BROKEN UP AND BARELY READABLE . ANY ONE KNOW THE ANSWER . EVERYTHING ELSE OK .

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milage /trip mertre unreadable. richard from North Ayrshire

Submitted: 06/02/2016 17:04:13 | ID: 127214

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June Corkin, North Yorkshire

FIAT Panda

Whilst driving my steering light comes on and it then locks the steering if I switch the engine off and on again it is then o.k. again .this only happens occasionally. June

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I had this with my 54 plate I was told the magnets had gone but apparently it's a very easy fix. Francesca Jackson from Lancashire

Submitted: 16/04/2017 10:47:25 | ID: 140668

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Ahmed, Saudi Arabia

FIAT Ducato

During driving the engine indicator lamp became ON and engine cut off. we replaced the High-pressure pump and the bus working well but after 8500 KM the problem comes back again !! after inspection, they decided to replace the high-pressure pump again actually, we have the same complian with another two Ducato and every bus replaced the high-pressure two-time and another bus three time. my question why the high pressure pumps every time failer? we send a diesel sample to the laboratory for analysis and there is no water in the sample and the sulphur in the range I am waiting your reply sincerely

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The problem can be caused by fuel starvation. The electric fuel pump inside the tank sits inside a collector tank with a valve which allows fuel in but not out (so the fuel supply does not cut out e.g. when cornering sharply, especially on a steep hill). The valve can become clogged with microbacterial sludge which stops fuel coming in freely. When you have a full tank there is no problem because the fuel can get into the collector tank at the top, only when the fuel level in the tank drops low does the problem occur. You may find a fault code generated for the electric pump but the ECU will cut electrical power to it if there is no fuel. The HP pump relies on a good fuel suppply at all times because the fuel lubricates the internal working parts so repeated interruptions can cause the HP pump to break down. Hugh from Cavan

Submitted: 11/07/2017 19:21:12 | ID: 142497

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Mel Jones, England

FIAT Ducato 2007

The engine warning light has lit up on my Fiat Ducato`s dash and the van now feels as if it is missing, especially on acceleration. What should I do? (2.3)

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I had a similar problem with mine, it turned out to be an electronic sensor on the manifold which unfortunately you have to get a genuine expensive Fiat part - £500 plus fitting. SORRY BUT GET IT CHECKED ON GARAGE COMPUTER,on the plus side, mine ran for thousands of miles, just be aware when overtaking or joining roads off a slip road S Fletcher from Yorkshire

i have had the same problem with my 09 ducato 120 multijet, was advised by a technician to purchase wynns diesel particulate filter cleaner and fill tank with premium diesel then get out on the road and give it some stick, drop down a gear and keep the revs to about 2500/3000 for about half an hour and get the engine hot did a 120 mile run to suffolk problem solved engine now running fine plus better fuel consumption. bob fisher from Leicestershire

Submitted: 06/12/2012 10:23:52 | ID: 64430

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PAUL, Warwickshire

FIAT Doblo

HELP WITH FAULT CODE 401H/1025 Description shows as Undocumented Code Any ideas?

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401H/1025 Description shows as Undocumented Code Any ideas john edrupt from Middlesex

Submitted: 09/06/2015 12:44:38 | ID: 116988

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patrick skitt, West Midlands

FIAT Panda

my warning light keeps coming on the yellow one with the !in it thanks

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My yellow light in the middle of the dash board comes on the one like the sun when i put my light on just. what is it Jackie Mardle from Surrey

Submitted: 22/12/2016 19:19:06 | ID: 137531

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Les Rogan, England

FIAT Punto 2003

I have a 53 Fiat Punto 1.3 multijet diesel which keeps cutting out and then sometimes takes time to srart. I have replaced the fuel pump in the tank and crankshaft sensor. Before it cuts out I hear a gargling noise from the tank. Any ideas what else it could be? Thanks. (1.3 diesel multijet)

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Blocked tank vent roger from Hertfordshire

Submitted: 12/11/2013 16:02:33 | ID: 57772

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Prasanna, Sri Lanka

FIAT Grande Punto

pls help me to fix the problem of transmission not available in middle of the heavy traffic often i get this problem in the middle of heavy traffic .I have replaced selespeed motor and the accumilator but stil get the trouble,when this i most often what i do is i stop the car for awhile and restart then it goes....

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Do you still have this issue ? Where do you normally do your repairs and services ? Randika from Sri Lanka

Do you still have this problem ? Normally where do you do your repairs and services ? Randika from Sri Lanka

Submitted: 11/04/2017 20:09:45 | ID: 140561

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Nikola, Serbia

FIAT Stilo 2003

My Fiat Stilo 1.9 JTD makes a lot of white smoke through the exhaust. The engine seems to work okay and the computer does not report anything. What could it be and can I drive it to the garage or there is a chance I will damage something? Thanks.

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I had the same problem with a lack of power. It turned out to be the egr valve was in need of replacing. mikel from France

Submitted: 17/09/2013 16:19:54 | ID: 54569

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Lee Ridings, England

FIAT Grande Punto 2008

My Fiat Grande Punto`s lights are coming on automatically when I start the car and won’t go off until I take the key out. How can I stop this happening? (1.4 gp)

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I am having exactly the same problem! Sorry I can’t answer - but would love to know myself. Can anyone else help? Steve Jones from England

Have same problem, car is at main dealer for Fiat and it is the stalk on the steering column that operaters the lights, it’s not cheap at over £350 for part and fitting but it was the stalk on my vehicle Stewart Thomas from Somerset

Car is at the garage,this very moment,same result as Stewart,and unfortunately the same charge! john cave from Lincolnshire

Submitted: 05/11/2012 11:30:16 | ID: 91208

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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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