2010 Fiat Panda engine cutting out when slowing down

Car: Fiat Panda
Year: 2010
Variant: active 1.1
Categories: Engine & Drivetrain
I bought my 10 plate Fiat Panda Active 1.1 nearly a year ago.It has done 90800 miles.I have covered around 7000 of those myself.Around 6,7 months ago,I noticed that when I slowed down,the engine would cut out.It restarted either on the key or by letting the clutch out,effectively bump starting it.I had the spark plugs replaced, but it still does the same thing.Sometimes I can go for a week or 2 without any issues.Other times, it cuts out nearly every time I slow down.I use the car 5 days a week for work which is a 30 mile round trip.Any suggestions please?.
also,I have just spent over £700 on the car in 5 weeks.I had a steel hose replaced after it corroded, and the water went boiling high and dried up. The same thing was still happening, water drying up, temp gauge going over the top.I took it to a mechanic who diagnosed the fan was not cutting in, but was working,so a rewire was needed at a cost of £195.00.The heating wasn't working,after 2 days and just blew cold air.I took back it to the same mechanic who charged me £180.00 saying it was the air flaps,(whatever they are).The heating was then superb whilst driving the car the 4 miles home.However, using it today for a 40+mile trip, and half way home, the heating was non existant again.Seems like the mechanic is overcharging me for work that necessarily doesn't need doing, or hasn't even been done.
Anyway,my main concern now is getting this cutting out problem sorted, as long as it isn't an expensive job.I am now about £300 more than what the car cost me to buy.
Posted: Dec 26, 2021 (2 years ago)
Your mechanic sure knows how to charge and may be mis diagnosing the real fault as it still is not right . When your car overheated it may have damaged the head gasket . This means when you drive a few miles it causes the engine / cooling system to air lock and blow cold , also affecting the running . It can often be seen with radiator hoses getting hard and cooling header tank getting full because of cooling system pressurising . Carrying out a simple coolant system block test will confirm if gasket blown or not . Surprised the thermostat has not been checked also after overheating
Posted Dec 26, 2021 (2 years ago)
whittingehame,many thanks for your reply.I remember the thermostat being checked and fully functioning,around 3 weeks ago.
I went out in the car today, and the heater was working perfect.Strange that last night it wasn't.
I'll get someone else to do a coolant system block test after the New Year, and update it on here.
Once again, thank you and enjoy the rest of the festive season.
Posted Dec 26, 2021 (2 years ago)
Just watch it after doing a few miles running . I've had a few doing that and it was a very slight leak on head gasket that took a while to build up . After stopping for while it would release the pressure and the process would start again . Hope it's not that and all remains o.k .Enjoy the rest of Boxing day , best wishes for the new year .
Posted Dec 26, 2021 (2 years ago)

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