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Offline AustinR

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Check engine message
« on: October 24, 2012, 11:48:55 am »
Was driving my car yesterday and suddenly there was a " ping" from the dash, the EOBD light came on with the message " check engine " and a separate message saying " Stop Start unavailable" . Car seemed to be running OK so I carried on to my destination. About 2 hours later I started her up again and all messages had disappeared. Anybody else had this issue, and what's it all about ? Is going in to Platts tomorrow to check it out so I'll update after my visit.
« Last Edit: October 24, 2012, 11:49:43 am by Chris555 »

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    Offline lloyd

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    Re: Check engine message
    « Reply #1 on: October 24, 2012, 12:32:15 pm »
    probably battery getting low on power, stop start disabled to reduce electrical load :thumb:

    Offline GTMartin

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    Re: Check engine message
    « Reply #2 on: October 24, 2012, 01:03:14 pm »
    Have you a TMC box fitted? It could be the cause.

    Offline AustinR

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    Re: Check engine message
    « Reply #3 on: October 24, 2012, 03:32:27 pm »
    No TMC box. I just wondered whether this was a common fault with Stop Start or whether there's a particular problem with my car. Off to Norfolk at the weekend to follow one of my other hobbies and don't want to get stranded out in the wilds !

    Offline Lanza1988

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    Re: Check engine message
    « Reply #4 on: October 24, 2012, 10:33:28 pm »
    Mine regularly says "start stop not available".  Can't say I've ever taken a blind bit of notice.  To be honest I tend to think to myself "good job too!" I can just tell that my car hates the fact it has to be Eco and have start stop so it sulks and disables it...only an Italian car.

    Offline AustinR

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    Re: Check engine message
    « Reply #5 on: October 25, 2012, 07:51:48 pm »
    Had the car checked out at Platts today. They seemed to think it was something to do with the bit of kit which controls the inlet valves.... Said it might just be a " glitch " but if it started happening again they'd replace the offending part. To be honest, I'm none the wiser really, but will hope that nothing happens while I'm on the road this weekend. The man said it was OK to drive.

    Offline KrystenCTR

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    Re: Check engine message
    « Reply #6 on: November 06, 2012, 06:26:54 pm »
    Had something similar happen in mine twice.  Both times I was stationary on a hill using clutch control.

    Looks like these motors don't like it.  Dashboard lit up the same as yours and it all went away once I had turned the car off for a bit.
    Lazing next to that Redline

    Offline Alan M

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    Re: Check engine message
    « Reply #7 on: May 13, 2013, 10:27:39 pm »
    this keeps happening to me - do you still have a problem with it? the diagnostic fault is P1061, Abarth have told me it's unsafe to drive as it could knacker the CAT.

    Ta

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    Offline AustinR

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    Re: Check engine message
    « Reply #8 on: August 14, 2013, 04:27:15 pm »
    After about 3 months of uneventful motoring, started the car up yesterday and " ping" went the dash again, followed by " check engine " and " start stop " unavailable. Car running as normal. Took it straight to Platts. The service manager says they are going to replace whatever it is that controls the inlet valves, to hopefully cure the problem once and for all. Car goes in Friday. I'll report back once it's done. I tried stopping and starting up the car several times yesterday, but the warning messages persisted.At 5 pm I started it up again, and the messages were still showing. Drove 2 miles into town, stopped, switched off for about a minute, turned engine on again, and all messages gone ! I'm still taking it to Platts though, as it will be fixed under warranty.

    Offline AustinR

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    Re: Check engine message
    « Reply #9 on: August 16, 2013, 09:06:09 pm »
    Well, car is fixed ( I think ). I wondered whether the replacement unit would make any difference to the performance of the car, which never seemed quite so fast as my previous AGP. If I've been getting fault readings then maybe the engine management system has not been working as it should. I've not been able to test this out yet as I've only driven home from the garage, but I'm going on a long journey tomorrow so hopefully will be able to test the performance properly.
    Now a few words of praise for Platts, Stafford. Maybe because I'm such a regular, Chris, the service manager provided me with a courtesy car today, and also said that if for any reason my car clould not be repaired today, I could have the car over the weekend. Great stuff. I got a Panda twinair, which, when you drive it, sounds like the old aircooled 126 ! When I went back this afternoon to collect my car, I found they'd washed it and put shiny stuff on the tyres. So, all in all, I'm very satisfied with the service provided by Platts Stafford, and I will definitely be taking the car back there for any future work or servicing.

    Offline AustinR

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    Re: Check engine message
    « Reply #10 on: August 24, 2013, 09:24:05 pm »
    Took the car over to Kettering last weekend for the Birdfair at Rutland Water ( are any other car enthusiasts also into birding or am I the only one ? ) and on the way back came through the M6 toll, the advantage of which is once you've paid your £4.80 you can put the hammer down and drag away from the toll booth without any other cars getting too near. So I tried it, to see if the new unit had made any difference to the car's overall performance. It pulled away fast enough, but didn't seem to have that the same acceleration I had with my original APE. Is this how they all are ? If you change the engine display mode on the dash it does show turbo boost, so that must be working, but it doesn't feel any faster than the APE, even though it's got more BHP. At the end of the day, I'm more of a " show " than " go " type of person, so the car is plenty fast enough for me as it is.




     

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    Re: Check engine message
    « Reply #11 on: August 25, 2013, 03:02:19 pm »
    Mine regularly says "start stop not available".  Can't say I've ever taken a blind bit of notice.  To be honest I tend to think to myself "good job too!" I can just tell that my car hates the fact it has to be Eco and have start stop so it sulks and disables it...only an Italian car.

    The " start / stop " system has not worked on my APE since April this year,  phew  ;D  No car needs this system as the "starter motor etc" takes a beating everytime & limits its life & we pay for more faulty / died parts.

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    Re: Check engine message
    « Reply #12 on: February 19, 2015, 05:12:32 pm »
    Has anyone had this issue come up since? I've just had this all show up on my dash along with the Start/Stop not working.

    Any advise? Should I be really concerned?

    Offline sandys

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    Re: Check engine message
    « Reply #13 on: February 19, 2015, 08:00:09 pm »
    Often just battery low.

    Offline Lloyderzz

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    Re: Check engine message
    « Reply #14 on: February 21, 2015, 01:23:37 pm »
    Had this once about 6months ago, left for a couple hours the same day and not had it since