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Hi - I'm a Newbie. Need some help with my 500 Pop. Had temperature beep and flash warning so assumed it was coolant - very hard to see levels to check. Have bought recommended Paraflu - bit confused now as it says concentrate but no info/instructions to say it needs to be diluted. Am I being thick? Do you use this stuff neat, as it comes? Grateful for some knowledge please
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You bought the pink stuff, right?
Dilute it with 50% destilled water, ( should say on the bottle as well...)

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Thank you for quick reply - yep it is pink Paraflu UP - have just ordered some distilled water too - there are no instructions on bottle though. Thanks for help and welcome - no doubt I shall be back soon
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Thank you for quick reply - yep it is pink Paraflu UP - have just ordered some distilled water too - there are no instructions on bottle though. Thanks for help and welcome - no doubt I shall be back soon
As Peter Pick-Up says. 50/50 mix will be ok.

Common mistake people make about coolant, is that people get confused with 'Long Life'. This shouldn't be taken as meaning 'For life'. Coolant should ideally be swapped out every 5 years or at a cambelt/waterpump change. And whilst I'm on that subject, has the cambelt and waterpump been changed? If the car is 5 years old + then it should have been done by now. What year is the car and what is the mileage?
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Hi - thanks - year of reg 2010 and mileage 56 103. Car is new to me - have it booked in for a check up next week so will ask them to check these Appreciate your help
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Hi - thanks - year of reg 2010 and mileage 56 103. Car is new to me - have it booked in for a check up next week so will ask them to check these Appreciate your help
Something tells me in the back of my mind, though I could of course be wrong that even with a relatively low mileage of 56k, at 7 years old, I bet the cambelt and waterpump haven't yet be done. Unless you have any service history whatsoever indicating otherwise, I'd assume that potentially, they haven't been changed. If that turns out to be the case, I'd seriously consider having the job done asap. Snapped cambelt = having a particularly bad day.... It's usually the waterpump that causes belt failure. If it starts dripping, it will eventually cause the belt to shred.
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Thanks for the tip - I have checked the work history on the car and it is not listed so it will be on the top of the list to do when I have it checked over next week. I don't aim to drive it before as I don't want to risk any damage as there are a couple of hazard lights popping up on the display - one only ever appearing when I put the headlights on - but have checked all the lights and they are fine - another reason for the check up at the garage.
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Not sure about the lights, but while it's being looked at, it's worth getting the mechanic to check the thermostat housing. I believe it is plastic on the 1.2 and can crack, which could explain coolant loss.
Very wise to get a trusted garage to give a detailed inspection to any newly purchased 7 year old car, no matter which make and model.
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What warning lights come on? And what message comes up on the dash when you turn the lights on? With the lights on there will be a green indicator that's normal.
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When I put the headlights on a yellow hazard triangle comes on - bottom left corner next to the mileage sign.
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When I put the headlights on a yellow hazard triangle comes on - bottom left corner next to the mileage sign.
With the engine on, when you turn on the headlights, and the triangle comes on, what message comes up on the display? Do this whilst stationary.
Have you checked if there's any lights out?
I would think tailgate wiring could be a prime suspect
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Something tells me the cambelt and waterpump haven't yet be done.
Our 59 plate, only had the belt changed at 7 years old! as there was conflicting information regards the interval( Fiat themselves said 7 years )
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John202020 All lights working fine - I checked them as soon as the warning light came on. I tried to look for answers in the manual but no joy. So with that and the temperature warning light coming on I decided it might be time to book in for a check up with a mechanic. Thank you for your help. This forum has been so helpful
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John202020 All lights working fine - I checked them as soon as the warning light came on. I tried to look for answers in the manual but no joy. So with that and the temperature warning light coming on I decided it might be time to book in for a check up with a mechanic. Thank you for your help. This forum has been so helpful
Temp warning would suggest low coolant, there's a known issue with the thermostat housing pipe outlet cracking spilling out slowly or quickly the water it may be this, when cold remove the filler cap, cut a strip of card(cereal box is fine) and dip the impossible to see through tank, using your fingers and filler neck as a guide, now hold against the outside to see the level, hows the heater work?
Thermostat is on the left of the battery on the end of the engine.
Most things on the 500 are cheap and relatively simple to fix at home if you're good with spanners?

Whilst here does ALL things on the boot lid work correctly, like the handle to release the lid?
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