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Old 03-04-2003   #1
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Punto "Bulbcheck" Amber warning light on dashboard

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I mentioned this briefly in the chat room the other night, but thought I would just ask on here to see if anyone can help me: I have a Punto, 1.2 16v ELX 'W' (2000 Reg) - Now, the other day, I noticed, albeit very briefly that an amber warning light flashed on the dashboard, displaying an icon of a lightbulb. It didn't stay on for very long and I haven't seen it since. I read up in the handbook which says this icon means that a 'bulb check' is in progress and could mean that a bulb has burnt out, incorrect power or electrical circuit problem with the a) side/tail lights b)brake lights (with the exception of the third breaklight) and c) rear fog light. . . Checked all my bulbs mentioned here and they were all fine - the only thing I did discover (I have only just purchased the car) is the fact there was no bulb in the boot light. I went to put a bulb in and it blew a fuse which meant that the radio/cassette did not work nor did the celing lights (everything else all ok) - Had an electrician out today who fixed the problem - he didn't know exactly what happened but he sorted out the bootlight and put a new fuse in... So, has anyone else ever seen this amber dashboard warning light come up ? If so, do you think it could have been because of the lack of bootlight bulb? (It didn't mention this light in the handbook) Also: Could it be normal for this warning to periodically flash up quickly and be meaningless?! If a real problem was present would it stay on ? Any help anyone can give me would be really appreciated.

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The contacts on the bulbs, bulb connectors and light connectors become tarnished pretty quickly, any poor connection will result in the bulb check light illuminating. The fact it went out means that the bulb hadn't actually blown.
Its best that every year you own the car you change all the lights except the headlights, while you do it you can clean the bulb connectors with contact cleaner or WD40.
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I've seen the warning light on my 2000 W Elx 8v, only ever when braking. I believe it's activated by a current sensor for the lights that you mentioned, which means that if the current passing through the bulbs is not within an expected tollerance the dashboard lamp will light up. Since I usually take my foot off the brake (and see the light goes away), and then re-apply, the light never comes back on for me. So I think mine has a usual ammount of current flowing that's near the tollerance and sometimes (I only see it a couple of times a year) the car computer decides there's a blown bulb.]

None of my bulbs have been changed since new, but I do carry a set in a nice small Fiat pouch. I needed them as I took it to Norway on business, so I didn't pay. Since I was there for 6 months, and it's the law to have dipped beams at all times, and with a preference to run with sidelights on morning and evening, the lights have been well used over the 38000 miles. And yes I do check them (handy mirrored glass at work - another great reason for high level rear lights!)

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I have the same prob very occassionally and it is only when I am pressing the brake pedal VERY lightly, I can almost simulate it now. If you just rest ur feet on the pedal very lightly, the amber light will flicker. I don't think it is anything to wry about and may jest be case of the brake being pressed hard enough to set off the bulb senor but not being pressed hard enough for ur brake lights to actually come on. I'm probably wrong and it's only a hunch.

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Apologies for my apalling spelling on that last post.

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Hi

I also have a 2000 W ELX 8V and I have noticed the amber light flashing on for a moment again its usually when I brake but goes off straight away. Have checked my bulbs and they to where ok.

Probably a another characturistic of the Punto

My I ask you when you pull away in 1st gear have you noticed if you car judders at all. Mine does from time to time its worse in heavy traffic and get realy annoying but my dealer and Fiat say it a characturistic. One dealer has sold me its to do with the engine management computer and only a few cars have this problem if more had a problem then Fiat will probable rectify it.

Let me know

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<font face="Comic Sans MS"></font id="Comic Sans MS">I have the same problem with the light coming on but i put it down to the fact that i changed the front side light bulbs for LED bulbs which are probable tons less powerful than the original bulbs hence the warning light. I go along with the theory of checking each bulb for clean contacts as this was a problem on my last Punto.[^]

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LEDs side lights will set off the light because the cathode and the annode are not joined physically in the way that the bulb filament joins the two prongs.
Therefore a return signal is not present and the warning light appears.
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Re: Punto "Bulbcheck" Amber warning light on dashboard

Hi, i'm new to this forum and have a kind of 'dashboard light' related query. I've just bought a Fiat Bravo and yesterday a red light came on that my husband seems to think is a fuel injector light? kind of looks a bit like a shower??? Does anyone have any ideas what this could be as we can't see anything in the handbook to explain it.

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Re: Punto "Bulbcheck" Amber warning light on dashboard

does sound like the injector light dobby. has it gone off ?


as for the amber light mine comes on laods its useless lol well i have a wierd elec prob witrh my drivers side. side light when i turn them on half the time this bulb dont work untill i pull away, once i drive off the bulb comes on and teh warning light goes out then the light will stau working perfectly fine untill its left over night again. wierd been like this for 3 years
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Re: Punto "Bulbcheck" Amber warning light on dashboard

Hi there, I also have a punto ELX 16v 2000 and have the orange bulb come on. It only comes on while braking so guessing its a wiring/connection issue at the back. Least of my worries at the moment since the car won't start cus of immobilser and don't even know the key code!
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Dealer can supply keycode aslong as you can provide proof of ownership.
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Re: Punto "Bulbcheck" Amber warning light on dashboard

i had this problem with my punot mk2 wen pressing the brake lightly the brakes seemed fine! all were on! but press hard on the brake and 1 bulb was not working! new bulb for 59p and all was fine
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Hi guys
My amber light bulb switch on the dash stays on constantly, what could the problems be?
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Re: Punto "Bulbcheck" Amber warning light on dashboard

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Hi guys
My amber light bulb switch on the dash stays on constantly, what could the problems be?

I am having the same problem - my bulbcheck light is also permanently lit up - even though all bulbs are working - anyone any ideas?
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