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Fiat grande punto 2008 1.4 Battery / alternator / Power steering problem

Hiya I often have a problem with power steering when first starting my car but when I turn the key off and back on again power steering always comes on second time round.

Anyway today I just came off the motorway and onto a 30mph road, music blasting when my power steering went while driving. I carried on and my abs light came on. Pulled over. Switched ignition off and tried to start car again, wouldn't start. Waited a few minutes, tried again car started, no power steering though. Got it home. Tried to start it again wouldn't start at all, I jump started it and car started with no power steering. Switched ignition off and car wouldn't start.

Anyone encountered anything similar and what was the problem?

Thanks. Stacey.
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No, you are the first one ever. Or it's a very rare, special-snowflake case. There's no hope. Look for a new car.


Lame jokes aside. This is very common (standard) problem. Electrical stuff. Cables ("earthing points"), connections, fuse box rotten, alternator soaked in water (or cracked), therefore battery went bad, etc.
SEARCH the forum (Forums and Guides section). Multiple threads (with solutions) are there.

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Mine did almost the same things last winter, but I didn't asked (because there was no need - answers are there).
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Welcome to the forum.
Feel free to ask any questions you want or need to.
This forum,like many others, has various sections,guides and answers to just about any questions you can ask.
There are common faults to these cars,hence the guides,and even when you've looked at the guides,the responses to questions following the guides often example how we problem solve issues.Were not all the same and learn differently.
Take some time using the search function...its your new best friend..
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Ground ground ground ...
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Re: Fiat grande punto 2008 1.4 Battery / alternator / Power steering problem

Thanks for the replies I guess... I have searched the forums and the Internet but wanted an answer more specific to my exact problem to figure out if the problem is more likely with the battery or the alternator
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Re: Fiat grande punto 2008 1.4 Battery / alternator / Power steering problem

Alternator alternator alternator ...
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Why is it so echoey
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Re: Fiat grande punto 2008 1.4 Battery / alternator / Power steering problem

OK so someone I know has an old battery tester he tested the battery and the reading said Bad. Does this rule out the alternator being the problem?
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8v reading
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Re: Fiat grande punto 2008 1.4 Battery / alternator / Power steering problem

Take the car to Halfords for a free battery/alternator test...you could also ask if the alternator belt is loose,or ask your mate.
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Re: Fiat grande punto 2008 1.4 Battery / alternator / Power steering problem

I would if I could start it lol
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Re: Fiat grande punto 2008 1.4 Battery / alternator / Power steering problem

Does it not jump start?..
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Yes but struggling to find a good samaritan atm
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Re: Fiat grande punto 2008 1.4 Battery / alternator / Power steering problem

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8v reading
Seems like it has been tested with a true battery tester, which compared to a volt/multi-meter DO drain a lot of current off the battery through a huge resistor. 8V reading clearly shows that the battery cannot afford that amount of current delivery, so is probably dead. We need more info...

- voltage at battery WITHOUT load, engine stopped: should be 12,6V (fully charged)
- voltage at battery WITH load (tester): shouldn't drop more than 2Vish (depend on battery capacity)
- voltage at battery with engine running @ 2000rpm: 14Vish

If those 3 are ok, your system is fine UP TO THE BATTERY/ALTERNATOR, so the issue is either in the cables or the connecting lugs (ground ground ground...).
The battery can still be good but the alternator (or a cable) gone bad; in this case you wouldn't read 14Vish with lights and rear defrost ON (this is to pull current off the alternator to check for resistive connection):
- With everithing OFF but the engine, little current is going from alternator to car, so there is limited voltage drop and you MIGHT read 14Vish at the battery terminals.
- With lights and defrost ON the current delivered by alternator will be higher, so will be the voltage drop in the resistive connection and the reading will be lower, even not enough to recharge the battery ...

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Re: Fiat grande punto 2008 1.4 Battery / alternator / Power steering problem

It read 8v and 'bad' when the engine wasn't running
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