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View Poll Results: Satisfaction of 500 driving position
Good, able get good steering wheel seat angle 9 81.82%
OK, could be better seat angle 1 9.09%
Bad, can't seem to get either at right angle 1 9.09%
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Old 19-03-2017   #31
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So it's fine when my left tyres on the speedbumps, but makes the noise when my drivers front tyre is on the bump.
So 50% there already!
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So 50% there already!
So now just to figure if it's right front or back? Is it practise to change both front/both back if changing one?
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Re: 500 Rattle

With suspension components such as shocks/springs/droplinks, it's usually always more wise to replace both sides, especially if the car has done a lot of miles. I will never understand any mechanic who will replace a 'worn out shock' on one side of a car with for example 80k miles on the clock and not do the other side or recommend to the vehicle owner that both sides ought to be done. But of course, it's usually down to what the customer wants and can afford to pay, so whilst it's easy to criticise the decision to swap out only one side and completely ignore the possible safety implications and poor handling one would undoubtedly experience, it's understandable. Personally, I've always replaced in pairs.
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Re: 500 Rattle

Drop links are cheap, 20 pair (branded) I would not be against just replacing one, however if it's shocks or springs then definitely replace in pairs side to side not front to back.
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Thank you. My shock absorbers were replaced in pairs on MOT. I think it was the wishbone that was only replaced as one? My cars only just done 38,000 miles, was 37,900 when it had its mot. So not huge mileage.
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Re: 500 Rattle

To own a 500 out of warranty, you need to be good with a spanner, I'm currently fixing the heater on ours that's leaking engine coolent onto the drivers side carpet, or it can get expensive if you need others to do the work.
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I don't have a scooby so I'll need to keep paying for repairs on mine
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Oh, sorry, predictive text on my ipad. Should have read, push the seat back to give you room to crawl under the dash. Get a torch and have a feel around, you'll see the two silver torx screws. Make sure you tighten rather than loosen. You don't want it to fall down one side.

Might be wise just to remove the earth terminal first, just in case.
Hi, checked the screws tonight and all were as tight as they could be. Compared with my sisters Fiat 500 and she has her steering wheel lifted right up and the panel is so tight with no movement. Moved my steering wheel up and drove. Noise not as bad rattling but still slightly there. Not sure what else it could be
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Re: 500 Rattle

I wonder if it's a screw from the cowelling rattling around?
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I wonder if it's a screw from the cowelling rattling around?


What's that? Still it stops when driving if I push in the plastic. Also another annoyance I noticed is where the dashboard ends just next to the steering wheel, and next to where the steering wheel adjustment lever is, the edge of mine and a few cm isn't pushed right against the plastic. It's on secure everywhere else so won't fall off, but my sisters is totally pushed together. Bad luck strikes for me afain
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Re: 500 Rattle

Don't worry about it. Both my Fiat and my Renault have had the side of dash not fitted properly. If I bang it with my fist it will go in, for a while. My old Punto had piece of plastic lining on B pillar not clipped in too. Its only cosmetic, it won't fall out (well, mine never did)
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Don't worry about it. Both my Fiat and my Renault have had the side of dash not fitted properly. If I bang it with my fist it will go in, for a while. My old Punto had piece of plastic lining on B pillar not clipped in too. Its only cosmetic, it won't fall out (well, mine never did)

It's fitted perfect everywhere else apart from the bottom corner right next to the steering wheel where it's next to the height adjustment lever. Only noticed last night when I was looking for imperfections so it's my own fault. I don't think that wee corner being loose would cause any rattling would it? We've put some thin bits of sticky number plate tape hidden under it just to fill out the wee gap. This won't damage it in any way wi it?
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What's that? Still it stops when driving if I push in the plastic. Also another annoyance I noticed is where the dashboard ends just next to the steering wheel, and next to where the steering wheel adjustment lever is, the edge of mine and a few cm isn't pushed right against the plastic. It's on secure everywhere else so won't fall off, but my sisters is totally pushed together. Bad luck strikes for me afain


It should just push in on lugs.

The top cowling is held on by 2 screws. You have to take the bottom cowling off to get to them though. Beware, the bottom cowling screws are a real pain to get done up again. The top one has a small plastic bracket with a screw either side and I've broken that before when I didn't realise it was held on by screws. Probably something has got in there and is rattling around.
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Hi can anyone help!

I swapped my Smart car for a Fiat 500 as i have always wanted one, but starting to get disalussioned as it has this rattle/clunking from underneath. It has been in and out of the dealers 4 times (god knows how much i have spent but its still not fixed). I can only hear it when going slowly and it does sound a bit like a rattly exhaust but its not and its from underneath the passenger front seat or rear footwell. Its driving me round the bend, i've had the shocks replaced, the exhuast checked and the hand brake cable casing replaced but its still there ! can anyone offer any suggestions!

but id like to be
I had what might be the same rattles and mine turned out to be rear shocks - replaced and all good no idea if the same :though
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It should just push in on lugs.

The top cowling is held on by 2 screws. You have to take the bottom cowling off to get to them though. Beware, the bottom cowling screws are a real pain to get done up again. The top one has a small plastic bracket with a screw either side and I've broken that before when I didn't realise it was held on by screws. Probably something has got in there and is rattling around.
Thank you. This morning while waiting to go to work, I was pluttering and directly in the centre of the top, directly under the steeering wheel, there's a gap and if you feel inside, there's plastic that pushes in... not sure what this is or if it's meant to push in or out? This bit here... that couldn't be snapped if it's pushing in?
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