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Fiat Idea Common Problems and Solutions

Lights coming on without turning them on

Problem:

When you start the engine and notice that the lights are automatically on without switching them on, it is a problem with one of the light switches. They are known to melt, closing the switch in one position.

Models affected:

Solution:

You can't just buy this switch on its own as it comes as part of a cluster, called the indicator light switch cluster. This will need replacing.

Difficulty level

3

Electric problems

Problem:

A very common problem on the Idea is with the electric windows. If you have noticed that the windows are going down, but will not go back up, and it doesn't work with any of the controls, this is a common problem with these vehicles. The problem seems to be particularly common on the passengers side window.

Models affected:

Solution:

The first thing to try is the connections. Remove the inside door panels and check the connections to the switch, as they are known to be loose. If this doesn't work make sure you check the window regulator. If this doesn't fix the problem, take the vehicle into a specialist.

Difficulty level

3

Heating problems

Problem:

If you have found that the heating is not working as it should, particularly not blowing out any hot air, then the usual cause is an air block in the cooling system.

Models affected:

Solution:

You will have to bleed the cooling system, but be very careful to wait until it has cooled down or you could burn yourself, which some have done in bleeding the system when the coolant mixture is still hot. Once you have bled it, top it up with the correct mixture of coolant and water. Check the vehicle log book for this information. Watch the video below to see how to bleed the cooling system:

Difficulty level

1

Acceleration problems

Problem:

You may have noticed that your Idea is having trouble accelerating, which is a common problem with this vehicle. It is most commonly a problem with the ECU, but can sometimes be an issue with the throttle position sensor.

Models affected:

Solution:

Take the car to a professional and have a diagnostic check done. This will help identify the exact problem. You may need a software update if it is the ECU problem, or will have to replace the throttle positions sensor if this is the issue.

Difficulty level

5

Reading these common Fiat Idea problems should help you find out what is wrong with your Fiat Idea – or just what to look out for in the future. We’ll also give suggestions on what to do if your Fiat Idea does have one of these issues.