These warning lights will come on in the following cases:
WHEEL ANTILOCKING SYSTEM (ABS) FAILURE (amber). The normal braking system continues to work but you should have the car seen to at a Fiat Dealership. When the key is turned to MAR the warning light will come on but should go out after about 2 seconds.
The car is fitted with an electronic braking device (EBD). The and warning light will come on at the same time when the engine is running to indicate that there is an EBD system failure. In this case violent braking may be accompanied by early rear wheel locking with the possibility of skidding. Drive the car extremely carefully to the nearest Fiat Dealership to have the system checked.
Warning light alone, with the engine running, normally indicates a fault in the ABS system only. In this case, the braking system is still efficient, though without the anti-locking device. Under these conditions, performance of the EBD system may be reduced. Also in this case, you are advised to go immediately to the nearest Fiat Dealership, driving in such a way to avoid sharp braking to have the system checked.
PASSENGER SIDE AIRBAG OFF (amber). The warning light will come on when the passenger side airbag is switched off. The light will flash when the engine is started: this signals the airbag is being activated and not a fault.
Warning light indicates also warning light failure. This is indicated by intermittent flashing, over 4 seconds, of warning light . In this event, warning light could be not up to indicate restraint system failures, if any. Stop the car and contact Fiat Dealership to have the system checked.
ENGINE CONTROL SYSTEM FAILURE (EOBD) (amber). In normal conditions, the warning light will come on when the ignition key is turned to MAR and should go out as soon as the engine is started. The initial lighting up shows that the warning light is working properly. If the warning light either stays on or comes on while travelling:
- Fixed light – warning of a fuel feed/ignition system failure which may increase emissions in exhaust or cause possible drops in performance, poor handling and high consumption. In such conditions, you can continue driving but you should not tax the engine and you should moderate the speed. Prolonged use with the warning light on can cause damage. Contact a Fiat Dealership as soon as possible. The warning light will go out when the failure disappears. In any case, the system will store the error.
- Flashing – warning that the catalyser can be damaged (see EOBD SYSTEM in this chapter). If the warning light starts flashing, release the accelerator pedal and slow the engine until the warning light stops flashing. Continue driving at moderate speed, preventing the warning light from coming on again. Contact a Fiat Dealership as soon as possible.
- Single flash – indicates that the key code has been recognised. The engine can be started.
- Fixed light – the key code has not been recognised. Follow the emergency procedure to start the engine (see IN AN EMERGENCY).
- Flashing light – indicates that the car is not protected by the immobiliser system. The engine can however be started.
- When the handbrake is engaged.
- When the brake fluid level falls below the minimum.
- With the warning light to indicate an EBD electronic brake force corrector failure.
AIRBAG FAILURE (red). This warning light is found in cars fitting two airbags (driver’s side and passenger’s side) and in cars fitting an electronic driver’s side airbag system. The warning light will come on to indicate a system failure.
If the warning light does not turn on when turning the ignition key to MAR or if it stays on when travelling, this could indicate a failure in safety retaining systems; under this condition air bags or pretensioners could not trigger in the event of collision or, in a restricted number of cases, they could trigger accidentally. Stop the car and contact Fiat Dealership to have the system checked immediately.
- When the power steering electrical motor is overheated by repeated, complete steering. In this case, hold the steering wheel still and wait for the light to go out.
- When there is an electrical power steering system failure.
When the key is turned to MAR the warning light should come on for approximately four seconds only. If the warning lights stays on, the power steering system will not be working. The effort on the steering wheel will increase without compromising steerability. Contact a Fiat Dealership.
ENGINE COOLANT TOO HOT (Red). Turning the ignition key to MAR the warning light turns on, but it should go off after four seconds. If it turns on when travelling, stop the car, leaving the engine on and slightly accelerated to further activate the circulation of the coolant fluid. If the warning light does not go off within the next 2 or 3 minutes, stop the engine and contact Fiat Dealership.
ENGINE OIL PRESSURE TOO LOW (red). When the engine oil pressure drops under the normal value. When the key is turned to MAR, the warning light should come on but should go out as soon as the engine is started. A delay in the light going out is acceptable only when the engine is idling. If the engine has been taxed heavily, the light might flash when idling but should go out on accelerating slightly.
If the warning light comes on while the car is moving, stop the engine and contact a Fiat Dealership.