Technical Transmission problems

Manief

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I have imported a Fiat Qubo Switch to South Africa in 2019 from the UK with 20 000 kilometres on the clock. The switch is the Sirus wheelchair accesible conversion and the car is driven from a wheelchair. There is no shifter, only D,N an R buttons on the dash. The dashboard indicates "Automatic" with a small E underneath. It is not possible to change gears manually.

The car was manufactured in 2010, but registered in 2011.

It was driving fine untill about three weeks ago. It goes up to approx 5000 revs in first gear before kicking over to second, even if I let go of the accelerator. On other times is kicks over perfectly but get stuck in 3rd.

I have noted small puddles of oil on my garge floor, which I believe may be transmission fluid, making me wonder if the car needs a top up or new filter or something?

Please advise.
 
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I've seen these. The buttons are a modification, not by Fiat, but presumably Fiat approved, but issues with them would need to be directed towards the converters.

However, the issue does not appear to be related to the button operation. This will be the automated manual gearbox, normally termed 'Dualogic'. It is a normal manual gearbox, with a 'clever' hydraulic unit sat on it, which operates the clutch and gear selectors.
The gearbox uses the normal gearbox oil.
The hydraulic unit has its own oil, which is not the same as the gearbox oil. (Auto trans oil, I think) There is a reservoir on the side of the gearbox for this, difficult to see and get to, unless the battery is removed. You need to get in there and determine which oil is leaking, and where from. Fiat will only supply the complete hydraulic unit, which is expensive, but there are specialists that will recondition them. Might be a pain, if you have to send it to the UK or Europe for repair.
 
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Manief

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I've seen these. The buttons are a modification, not by Fiat, but presumably Fiat approved, but issues with them would need to be directed towards the converters.

However, the issue does not appear to be related to the button operation. This will be the automated manual gearbox, normally termed 'Dualogic'. It is a normal manual gearbox, with a 'clever' hydraulic unit sat on it, which operates the clutch and gear selectors.
The gearbox uses the normal gearbox oil.
The hydraulic unit has its own oil, which is not the same as the gearbox oil. (Auto trans oil, I think) There is a reservoir on the side of the gearbox for this, difficult to see and get to, unless the battery is removed. You need to get in there and determine which oil is leaking, and where from. Fiat will only supply the complete hydraulic unit, which is expensive, but there are specialists that will recondition them. Might be a pain, if you have to send it to the UK or Europe for repair.
Thanks for the response. It was done by Sirus automotive in the Uk and I bought if from a dealer as part of the motability scheme. (https://sirusautomotive.co.uk/). If I knew it had this stupid gearbox I would rather have bought a car with a straightforward auto box like a VW Caddy.

Car is going to the dealer tomorrow.
 
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Manief

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Thanks for the response. It was done by Sirus automotive in the Uk and I bought if from a dealer as part of the motability scheme. (https://sirusautomotive.co.uk/). If I knew it had this stupid gearbox I would rather have bought a car with a straightforward auto box like a VW Caddy.

Car is going to the dealer tomorrow.
Got the vehicle back today, the problem seems to be adressed. Apparantly the brake light switch is mounted on the floorboard and it somehow came loose because the cavity in the floor board is worn out, so they temporarily fixed the switch to the floorboard. Depending on the costs, I will order a new floorboard, otherwise the temporary solution will become permanent....
 
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