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Meets & Events / Re: The Big Abarth Summer Meet - 3rd June 2018
« on: November 10, 2017, 03:03:45 PM »
Yes please Colin  :)

General Chat / Re: Glazing the bores ?
« on: November 10, 2017, 02:56:58 PM »
I couldnít even imagine how glazing your bores would feel like and it doesnít sound like much fun either  ;D

From memory i read something about glazing bores and it was predominantly about the engine running at low to middle rpm for a long sustained period rather than varying the rpm using the whole rev range. Maybe i have lost something there in translation and an expert on the subject can put me straight.

I would agree to just make sure its warmed up before going turbo and enjoy the ride, but i would also let the car idle for 30 seconds or so before switching off.


Introductions / Re: Hello From France (Paris)
« on: October 06, 2017, 09:37:08 AM »
Hello from France Paris!  :D

Welcome along, a lovely model you have chosen!

You should consider a short shifter of some type. I recommend the M-TEC A-shift short shifter kit - doesn't cost very much and enhances your gear changes.   :)

Your Abarth / Re: My New 595C Comp (Customised)
« on: September 22, 2017, 10:52:28 AM »
I like it & number plate too  :)

Introductions / Re: My Diablo Rosso
« on: September 15, 2017, 11:57:58 PM »
Best colour you've chosen Jen! Enjoy!  :)

Introductions / Re: New owner!
« on: September 08, 2017, 10:32:16 PM »
My first car was a Morris Minor - what a good comparison ( i'm not jealous at all)  ::)

Welcome RJWH94! Great colour! Enjoy!  :)

Introductions / Re: I'm new! :)
« on: September 08, 2017, 10:17:07 PM »
Nice Arlo! Welcome aboard!  :)

Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: First service
« on: September 08, 2017, 10:12:44 PM »
I don't think its about scrimping - more about being charged a silly astronomical cost for the sum of parts & at the most an hour of labour.

My experience of dealership servicing is pretty jaded to say the least and made clearer to me when i bought my car. It wasn't brand new but had all the right dealer stamps for 1st service, 2nd service & updates....blablabla. Was the pollen filter changed even once during the 3 years of dealer service treatment? I can say definitely not, i changed the filter myself & believe me it was at least 3 years old! Getting to the pollen filter on these cars is harder than changing oil & filter put together (my 2010 car - maybe they've made it easier with the newer models but i seriously doubt it)!

Your warranty is not invalidated if you use genuine parts & serviced at a garage you trust, the Abarth dealer stamp is a lovely logo but it is no guarantee that said works have been carried out correctly.

Just my half pence opinion  :)


Introductions / Re: New comp from Kent
« on: September 05, 2017, 11:29:00 AM »
Very nice Sophie! Enjoy!  8)

Wanted / Re: Wanted Abarth 500/595
« on: September 05, 2017, 10:19:04 AM »
This looks like a great example  :)

Introductions / Re: Hello☺☺☺
« on: September 05, 2017, 09:58:46 AM »
You will need a Fuel card  :)

General Chat / Re: What music are you listening to at the moment...
« on: August 26, 2017, 09:41:51 PM »
Cruising on the motorway through France heading for Spa in Belgium, in glorious sunshine, listening to a mix, currently Pink Floyd's The Wall. G'n'T anyone? ( obv not for the driver!)

Cruising through Raynes Park high street - Eric B & Rakim - "paid in full"

General Chat / Re: DIY oil change and sump plug
« on: August 22, 2017, 10:45:25 AM »
Yep 16mm is too small & 17mm too big, i think even a 11/16 won't fit. Your only option is to try with the 17mm and end up rounding off the bolt or use a spanner.
Find a replacement bolt & washer from shop4parts.  :)

Showroom / Re: Had my car detailed
« on: August 16, 2017, 11:03:29 PM »
Stunning   :) 8)

Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: sport button not working
« on: August 11, 2017, 01:49:32 PM »
Hi josiejo007

A couple of issues you've got  :(  Hopefully we can make sense with some 'internet diagnostics' but i fear you will need to take it back to your dealer to fix.

Do you have any error messages or warning lights coming up on your instrument screen at all? My sport button has never lit up but when sport is on itís displayed on the instrument screen. When you press the sport button does the car feel more responsive or eager, can you feel the turbo boosting and steering feels heavier/weighted? When in normal mode the car will definitely feel like something is wrong.

There are 2 fuse boxes one in the engine bay and the other inside passenger side under the dash . The inside fuse box will have everything interior related - the fuse for interior back lighting is F49 5amp - double check this in your car manual (don't take my word for it). From memory its really fiddly and a bit awkward to replace & check them.

The engine bay fuse box will have more fuses and relays. It could be an issue with your 'engine control unit' relay.

Hope some of this helps


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