Italian Car Servicing Specialists
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Fiat 500 Servicing
Variable service schedules due at either 18,000 miles or 1 year (whichever comes soonest). The service indicator counts down taking into account driving conditions and a message warning will appear on the dash when the service is due.
The service indicator can only be re-set using diagnostic equipment. It is, of course, imperative that it is re-set otherwise it will not be able to count down to the next service.
There is an option of a low mileage user annual service for motorists who drive less than 9000 miles a year.
There are five different service schedules for the Fiat 500, starting with a minor service the first year and becoming more comprehensive with each subsequent service. A cam belt (timing belt) change is also required at the fifth service. However, the diesel and twin air engines are chain driven and therefore do not have a cam belt.
Note: the service light may illuminate prematurely for diesel models due to the oil condition. However, there is a software download available to stop this function being triggered unnecessarily.
Fiat recommend that the brake fluid is renewed every two years.
Air conditioning should be serviced every two years as odours can build up in the system and it also needs cleansing and checking that it is working effectively. Also, the gas dissipates over time and requires topping up.
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Please refer to your Service Record book to check the relevant service intervals recommended for your vehicle by the manufacturer or alternatively give us a call if you would like some friendly assistance.
Common Faults in Alfa Romeos
Alfa Romeo 159 not starting? Fuel pump relay is probably faulty and requires replacement.
Alfa Romeo 147s showing premature operation of electronic stability program (ESP).
Alfa Romeo 147 Condensation moisture in front indicator lamps. Seal in bulb holder is missing, simply renew bulb holder.
See our Car Problems section for more problems with Alfa Romeo cars.
Common Problems with Fiat Cars
Fiat Ulysse showing poor engine performance and engine management light on? Likely that turbo hose has split.
Fiat Multipla (all petrol engines). Engine management light on? Check wiring connector.
Fiat Panda ABS warning light on and fault relating to front wheel speed sensors recorded in memory. Requires replacement of front ABS wheel speed sensor(s).
Punto and Fiat 500 1.2: mis-fire on 2 cylinders: Engine Control Unit (ECU) faulty and requires renewal along with a set of coils as the coils have caused the fault within the ECU and if they are not replaced at the same time they will damage the new one.
Punto models up to 2005: loss of power steering: fault with the power steering control unit which is part of the steering column and requires replacement.
See our Car Problems section for more problems with Fiat cars.
Italian Car Servicing
We have extensive knowledge of servicing & repair of Italian cars, including Alfa Romeos and Fiats.
Call Car-nect on: 01268 777778
Mon-Fri 8:30am - 6:00pm, (Late night opening Thursday until 8pm) Saturday 9:00am - 1:00pm
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Car-Nect is a Bosch Network Car Service garage located in Rayleigh, Essex between Basildon and Southend on Sea.