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Old 03-09-2013   #1
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First fault......

Well 24 hours in and we seem to have the first issue.

None functioning cruise control.

The speed limiter works fine which to me rules out the activation lever.

The CC can be switched on (but there was a short period yesterday when it couldn't) and the dash indication comes on along with the notification in the display saying 'cruise control on'

BUT moving the lever to store the desired speed does not store anything and releasing the accelerator just slows the car. Plus moving the lever up or down does not accelerate or reduce the speed either.

Is there something obvious I can check before tripping back to the dealer.

(This annoyingly is the 2nd FIAT we have had delivered with a fault)
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Re: First fault......

Should be simple, switch on, get to speed, set and relax.

There will be a minimum speed, below which it will not operate. Years ago this was always 31mph so that it could not be used around town, but the current Fiesta is 20mph. Handbook should have this info.

It may only operate in 4th and 5th gears.
A thought, it may not be operational until a certain number of miles have been driven, to ensure engine run in before subjected to constant speeds and loads. Again check the handbook.

If these simple checks don't answer the issue, will have to go back to the dealer. Probably not checked on PDI, not driven fast enough, far enough or on suitable roads.
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Re: First fault......

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Should be simple, switch on, get to speed, set and relax.

There will be a minimum speed, below which it will not operate. Years ago this was always 31mph so that it could not be used around town, but the current Fiesta is 20mph. Handbook should have this info.

It may only operate in 4th and 5th gears.
A thought, it may not be operational until a certain number of miles have been driven, to ensure engine run in before subjected to constant speeds and loads. Again check the handbook.

If these simple checks don't answer the issue, will have to go back to the dealer. Probably not checked on PDI, not driven fast enough, far enough or on suitable roads.
Cheers and thanks but checked it out using all the parameters above and still no joy, only one I hadn't thought about was number of miles covered but the book makes no mention of this so I'm not sure.

Looks like a trip do the dealers (well another one because yesterday the day after picking the car up the back number plate fell off!!!!!)
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Re: First fault......

I know this is going to sound like teaching grandma to suck eggs but I have known people do this.

If you drive 'resting' your left foot on the clutch pedal it will prevent the CC to activate.
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I know this is going to sound like teaching grandma to suck eggs but I have known people do this.

If you drive 'resting' your left foot on the clutch pedal it will prevent the CC to activate.
Cheers no not that I was taught not to do that as it can prematurely wear the clutch components, but thanks all suggestions very welcome.
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Re: First fault......

Fair do's, I was taught that too , I did have a Hyundai that would not activate the CC if a brake light had blown, don't know if Fiat are the same, although something like that should have been picked up in the PDI.
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Re: First fault......

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Looks like a trip do the dealers (well another one because yesterday the day after picking the car up the back number plate fell off!!!!!)
It is nice if the number plates are fixed using the sticky pads, no screw holes. They work well if done properly.
Car needs to be warm
Plates need to be warm
Pads need to be warm.

Any cold bits, plates will fall off after about a week. (Experience working at a garage when these things were introduced.)

For best results car should be in garage overnight, but a warm day works well. Plates should be kept in a warm place, or in the sun. A hairdryer, or hot air gun used carefully can work in the winter.

Hopefully they will fix this on a warm day. When you get to the garage, try to park it with the rear facing the sun.

If you've lost the rear plate, make sure the new one is the same, no typos!
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It is nice if the number plates are fixed using the sticky pads, no screw holes. They work well if done properly.
Car needs to be warm
Plates need to be warm
Pads need to be warm.

Any cold bits, plates will fall off after about a week. (Experience working at a garage when these things were introduced.)

For best results car should be in garage overnight, but a warm day works well. Plates should be kept in a warm place, or in the sun. A hairdryer, or hot air gun used carefully can work in the winter.

Hopefully they will fix this on a warm day. When you get to the garage, try to park it with the rear facing the sun.

If you've lost the rear plate, make sure the new one is the same, no typos!
Most embarrassing bit was contacting the police.

Having been the victim of front and rear plate theft last year on our old 500 I took the precautionary measure of reporting the loss/possible theft in case the plate was used to dodge speeding tickets or to be used for thieving petrol (Unlikely but possible with it just being the one missing).

Only for a couple of hours later for one of our neighbours to knock on the door having found it in the road and taken it in for safe keeping.

When I got back from the dealers she presented me with it..... so now I have a spare.

The police were very good about me ringing back to confirm it was a loss and not theft.....and the numbers match too, cheers it was the first thing I checked.
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Re: First fault......

Took it in this morning as it is defo. not working.

Asked to align the steering wheel too which I've noticed is out of alignment.
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Re: First fault......

OK cruise control fixed. Sadly they can't sort the misaligned steering wheel because they don't yet have the data on 500L tracking settings.

To be fair they did agree to top up my tank by way of compensation for having to take it back again....
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