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Abarth 500 / Re: FIAT 500 ABARTH SCUTTLE PANEL COWL TRIM CLIP
« Last post by Borderline on April 28, 2021, 11:55:53 am »
Just paid £3.85 for 10! Tryhttps://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/192216207841?_trksid=p2485497.m4902.l9144 - seller is Byronix
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Abarth 500 / difficult gearshift - cheap(ish) fix!
« Last post by Borderline on April 28, 2021, 11:50:23 am »
Fellow Abarthisti, there's plenty of weeping and wailing on here and the Fiat 500 forums about how the manual gearshift can become vague/stiff/difficult to engage. Apparently franchise dealers claim that the solution is to replace the paired gearshift cables which run between the lever and the top of the gearbox. The part(s) alone cost over £200.

There is an alternative, however. The issue boils down to disintegrating rubber bushes in the cable eyelets at the gearbox end (typical Fiat problem), where they are exposed to oil, dirt and salt. The solution is to replace them with polyurethane bushes. These are available from the US from BushingFix.com - part FM1KIT2 and cost $41.94 including shipping to the UK - that's around £30! You can find the company on eBay, by searching for "Fiat 500 Abarth Manual Transmission Shift Cable Bushing Repair". Mine arrived after four days and my local mechanic was able to fit them in well under an hour. There's a good How To video on YouTube - search for JTS Builds Abarth 500 gearshift cable bushes replacement. I reckon some of you keen DIYers could do this quite easily and save yourselves £hundreds!

It's good to share...
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Abarth 500 / Re: FIAT 500 ABARTH SCUTTLE PANEL COWL TRIM CLIP
« Last post by 124Abarthreplica on April 27, 2021, 03:40:19 pm »
Just noticed its for 10 :whistle:

I swear it said it was for 1 clip :getmecoat:
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Abarth 500 / FIAT 500 ABARTH SCUTTLE PANEL COWL TRIM CLIP
« Last post by 124Abarthreplica on April 26, 2021, 07:53:04 pm »
Anyone found a cheaper source for these clips

Ebay have them for £18.40 for a pair :crazy:
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Chris Knott Insurance / The 21 day insurance myth
« Last post by ChrisKnottIns on April 26, 2021, 01:08:06 pm »
The 21 day insurance myth

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With Chris Knott's offering to car clubs and enthusiast groups, it doesn't matter whether you buy 21 days before or at the last minute. Our quotes are valid for 30 days, so if you get a Chris Knott quote 21 days early we'll honour that price right up to your renewal date as long as nothing has changed.

Because we factor your best alternative quote into the process you can even call us the day before expiry and we'll use your lowest quote from the last 30 days as the benchmark to beat (subject to seeing proof).

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Abarth 500 / 595c 2018 Tow eye cap replacement
« Last post by Sarah D on April 25, 2021, 10:57:08 am »
Help! Have had my towing cap stolen from my car overnight and need to replace.  Have phoned Fiat and they want to charge £50+
Any other ideas greatly received
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Abarth 500 / Re: Changing Timing Belt
« Last post by whizzo944 on April 24, 2021, 06:21:05 pm »
Think the favourite is a long bar with 2 bolts sticking through the holes in the pulley.
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Abarth 500 / Re: Changing Timing Belt
« Last post by whizzo944 on April 24, 2021, 06:12:54 pm »
Thought not :-)
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Abarth 500 / Re: Changing Timing Belt
« Last post by jl-c on April 24, 2021, 04:24:53 pm »
Hello, do you rely on the cam locking tool to hold the cam when you're loosening and tightening the cam pulley bolt?  I would be concerned that I was going to shear the cam locking tool off.

TIA,
Dave.
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Abarth 500 / Re: Changing Timing Belt
« Last post by 124Abarthreplica on April 24, 2021, 01:43:55 pm »
Hello, do you rely on the cam locking tool to hold the cam when you're loosening and tightening the cam pulley bolt?  I would be concerned that I was going to shear the cam locking tool off.

TIA,
Dave.

NO, no, no.

Hold the cam sprocket by another method.
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