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Old 16-07-2017   #1
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stuck in neutral

hi i have just bougt a fiat stilo abarth 2.4 semi automatic from 2003 and it gets stucked in neutral
does anyone have that problem or know what it is?????
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Old 17-07-2017   #2
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Re: stuck in neutral

The selespeed system is known to have a number of problems. You're probably going to need some good diagnostic software in order to get the system back up to top health.

Only with the diagnostic software can you perform the calibration routines and check various system parameters (and fault codes) to know exactly what it's problem is.

You can start with the obvious stuff and make sure you can hear the selespeed pump running when you open the car door. It should run to build up it's pressure then stop.

You can also check the system's fluid level. Make sure you're running the proper fluid in it too - it really is quite specific stuff. I've known people put silly things like auto transmission fluid in it and it's given them no end of grief.

If you top the fluid up and find it's then chucking it out all over the floor this can point to accumulator (pressure vessel) failing.

I'd recommend getting it on some diag software, something like MultiECUScan - which I think you will require the full, licenced version of, in order to access the selespeed functions.
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Re: stuck in neutral

It will drop into neutral when there is a problem. At this age the accumulator is a common problem (easily fixed). I have done a guide.

You will need multiecuscan software and cable to make sense of it and indeed have the tools to do the repair.

If you find it is accumulator then guide here.
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Re: stuck in neutral

My spare car had a similar issue, the last owner randomly could not get it in gear.
Turned out the gear lever had broken internally (it has a switch at the bottom engaged by a plastic part that had broken off).
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