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2003 Fiat Punto

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Ricardo C
Driver
2 points

Problem added: Feb 5, 2013 (8 years ago)
Battery is fine, but car won't start - nothing happens when ignition is turned. Mileage and time display flash. And the time had returned to zero when the problem arose. The yellow lock sign is illuminated briefly when turning the ignition key, but goes out almost straight away (there are no other unusual warning lights), so I don't think this is to do with the engine lock or code. What to do?!

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Car: Fiat Punto
Model Year: 2003
Category: Running Rough, Starting & Power Loss
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THE ISLANDER
Driver
2 points

Feb 5, 2013 (8 years ago)
SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE A EARTH FAULT.IF YOU HAVE A SET OF JUMP LEADS CONNECT FROM BATTERY EARTH TO ENGINE. THIS WILL GIVE THE ENGINE A GOOD EARTH, THEN TRY AND START THE ENGINE.
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whittingehame
Legend
18,349 points

Feb 5, 2013 (8 years ago)
Common fault with earth from engine to body . Check /clean or replace if needed .
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bustedknuckles
Legend
2,304 points

Feb 5, 2013 (8 years ago)
Could also be a faulty ignition switch.
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Colski
Driver
2 points

Feb 11, 2013 (8 years ago)
I have same problem but car will bump an jump leads work from bigger car tryed earths no luck any ideas thanks
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Colski
Driver
2 points

Feb 11, 2013 (8 years ago)
I have same problem but car will bump an jump leads work from bigger car tryed earths no luck any ideas thanks
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NickG
Driver
4 points

Oct 22, 2013 (7 years ago)
Bit late to the party, but it sounds similar to the issue I had with my old MK1, turns out the brass bearings in the starter motor had warn causing the starter motor to lock up as soon as the key war turned Replaced the SM and it worked fine. A seizing starter motor can cause a spike in electrical draw, which could result in your flashy LCD display. if you give it a few keyturns and then touch the motor and see if its warm it'll give you a clue. Alternatively have someone else turn the key and give the SM a few taps with a hammer that'll help free up the seized motor and maybe it'll fire up (just dont lay under it when you're doing it)

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