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Why do tyres go flat after a few weeks of non-usage?

Your wheel is obviously leaking somewhere. There are a few places that you can have a leak related to the wheel The Schrader Valve - The schrader valve within the valve stem where you refill the air ...
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Why do tyres go flat after a few weeks of non-usage?

One way to determine where the tire / wheel is leaking, is to make a solution of soapy water and put it in a spray bottle. Take the wheel off the car, and coat the tire and wheel on every surface with ...
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Why do tyres go flat after a few weeks of non-usage?

The best way to find a slow leak is to put the tire under water and look for bubbles. Try to find a tub big enough to cover the sidewall with the tire standing up. Pump the tire up to about 35 PSI, ...
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Is this Vehicle id number VIN incorrect/flawed ZFA225000-0-0138627?

The Wikipedia link you gave says clearly that There are (at least four) different standards for the VIN. The EU and North America use different standards. The European standard does not have ...
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Car won't start, jumping doesn't work, bumping does

It sounds to me as though the solenoid for the starter has gone bad. At the back of the solenoid, there is a large copper washer which comes in contact with the main power lead contact and transfers ...
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How do I change alternator pulley on 2001 Fiat Ducato?

Looking at the large bolt holding the alternator (closest in the picture), then I assume the alternator will pivot on that if you release the smaller bolt on the other side of the alternator - just ...
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No Start: Bad starter solenoid, bad wiring, or a defective anti-theft system?

OK, so this turned in an unexpected direction - when I loosened the bolts of the starter some water started running out I when I completely removed it I found this: Somehow water got into the starter ...
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Why is my car not charging?

Check the oil level!! Most important; do not run the engine until you replace the oil and get a new oil cap. The oil warning light is there to let you know of a dangerous condition; there is not ...
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Why do tyres go flat after a few weeks of non-usage?

Two issues here: The wheel rims might be rusted or encrusted with dirt, which prevents a good seal between the wheel and the tire. In that case, the tires should be taken off and the wheel rims ...
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Clicking Noise when the battery is turned on

The noise could be a relay that is getting pulled in, then dropping out again – which would cause the clicking sound. Most cars have a load reduction relay, and there may be others as well, that apply ...
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Electrical Short that goes away after restarting the vehicle

Anything else other than the starter motor that is drawing 100A would be generating smoke in a very short time. In fact, the starter motor would get very hot and eventually burn out. I was once ...
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What does it mean that my 2014 Fiat 500L has a "three-time engine"? (or maybe three-stroke)

Upon further inspection and towards what @tobyd stated, Fiat didn't put a 3-cylinder into the 500L. If that is what the mechanic was thinking, I'd suggest you find a different mechanic. Obviously he's ...
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Security and engine issues

As requested by @ducatiKiller, At first I though the issue was with a loose wire or faulty connection in the fuse relay box (turns out there's no cpu or fuse board of any sort in there) it's just ...
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Why is my car not charging?

I'm famous by forgetting to refit the oil cap, I think I have lost, easily 6 or 7 of those since I got into driving cars :) No big deal, although it surely adds a lot of cleaning time. Just refill the ...
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Does Fiat need dedicated FiCom OBD hardware and software for diagnostics?

You might want to try Multi ECU Scan. It's a free/non-free software suite that works with most, if not all, FIAT's. Most of the diagnostic tools can be accessed for free. Other tools require a licence....
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Dead battery, but headlights not dim

Cranking the engine over to start the car takes significantly more amps that the draw from your headlight bulbs. What you describe sounds like a classic case of low battery. As you rightly say, this ...
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Fiat panda 1.1 2009 cigarette lighter

According to page 165 of the owner's manual, there is a 20 amp fuse (F85) and a 30 amp replay (T31) required. These are located in the fuse box in the engine compartment. On page 162 of the Owner's ...
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Hit curb and chunk out of tyre. OK to drive on?

You need a new tire. Find out how much the replacement would cost, versus the expense of claiming on your insurance (which will follow you around for years...)
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Hit curb and chunk out of tyre. OK to drive on?

It looks like you can see the metal part of the tire sidewall, which is a dealbreaker as it could lead to a failure of the tire. You need a new one.
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Use of diode to charge in-house battery from motorhome solar system

As Solar Mike says, you need to look at split-charge relay systems for this - these are specially designed to protect both batteries by only connecting them when the inputs are operating and the ...
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2015 Fiat 500e maintenance schedule - 15K mile interval OK?

Some value the service record being complete - in 5 years time “we missed that service because...” may not sound so convincing when you try and sell it... Do the 30k service, the “full service” by ...
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I can’t set time at my fiat 500e 2017

Solved!😍 the sync time button was activated and so I couldn’t change the time manualy, i turned it off and it works finally 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
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Oil Pressure Warning Light on Fiat Ducato

It could be any or a combination of all of those, so flushing, cleaning, new (quality or oem) filter etc is a good point to start. I would make, or purchase, a tee and fit a pressure gauge temporarily ...
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Possible causes of a crazy engine?

P0105 is a MAF electrical fault. This is most likely the real issue going on, as without the MAF (or intermittent MAF signal), it would drive the computer batty trying to keep the engine running ...
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Hit curb and chunk out of tyre. OK to drive on?

Replace it now or sooner - your safety and others....
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Fiat 500 - Brake noise after encounter with puddle

Vehicle brakes have been designed to allow for operators driving through deep water. Your vehicle likely has disk brakes, which are made of a steel alloy that rusts if you look at it crossly. It ...
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1995 uno fiat struggling to accelerate

Sounds a lot like your clutch has worn out. The engine revs go up but the car will not move that well because the friction material is gone and the clutch is slipping. If its an automatic transmission ...
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FIAT 500 sunroof will not close

Running the sunroof calibration fixed this issue, the full procedure is: Begin with the the sunroof fully closed, it can be closed with a hex key if this is completely impossible with the switches (...
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Fiat Stilo 1.6 2003 - grinding when shifting

This sounds like synchronizer problems. What these do is match the gearbox rotation speed with the engine speed. Before these were around, you had to do what's called double-clutching, lest you hear a ...
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Fiat Stilo 1.6 2003 - grinding when shifting

A possibility is that the clutch centre plate is not moving on the gearbox input shaft and then "dragging" on the flywheel which makes it hard to engage gears. Sadly the only solution in that case is ...
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