The service section is intended to give some ideas about car service in general and, sometimes, Fiat service in particular. These are a series of Procedures that are designed to help with maintaining or repairing your car.


Not all Procedures are appropriate for all people

You are the best and only judge as to whether the Procedure fits your needs and skills. As with any technical activity, learn as much as you can beforehand. Read several publications. Talk to people who have done this type of Procedure before.


Never work alone

There is an endless variety of ways that things can go wrong and you (or someone else) can get injured. Even a child of 10 or 12 years old can dial 911 or run for help. (Don't have too many people around to distract you while you work. Having multiple, really young children around is especially counter-productive.) One enthusiastic "helper" can be a great asset: handing you tools, reading gauges, checking if lights, etc., are functioning. One kid can help by reading Procedures to you and turning shop manual pages with non-greasy fingers. Wives or girlfriends are useful this way too, and you may actually convince them that time spent helping you work on your car is "Quality Time." (You are a Lucky Dog if you can get away with that!)


Use jackstands

Cars weigh more than you do (even Isettas and Berkleys!) You can drop it on yourself. Don't trust just a jack. Always use sturdy jackstands and wheelchocks when working under a raised car.


Be prepared

Cars are full of fuel and have electricity in them. They can catch on fire. Always have a good-sized fire extinguisher nearby (outside the car!) when you are working on fuel or electrical items. It should be rated at least 10BC, but a 5A-10BC is even better. (And most important - know how to use it.)


No loose ends

There are many moving parts under the hood of most cars. You can catch your hand/nose/hair/clothes in any number of things. On Fiat 124s, the cooling fan is electric. It can suddenly turn on when you least expect it. Catch your ponytail in it, and it will reel you in and bonk your face into the hot radiator. Tie back all loose hair and garments. Remove all jewelry/rings/watches etc. They can all snag on things or short out an electrical circuit and spoil your whole day.


Give yourself room

Do not work in cramped quarters. You can get wedged in somewhere, just as something goes wrong. Also, you will tire easily if you are contorted into some strange shape trying to turn a wrench. Gather all the tools together that you will need and put the car in a clear, level space with plenty of room to reach everything.


Read through the Procedures first

Print them out and use them as a reference. (This is a very good idea and I encourage it.)






I am not a mechanic. I have no formal training in Automotive Technology or Repair.


These procedures are intended to Guide and Entertain. They are not a substitute for what a skilled, well trained Mechanic can do.


I have actually done all of these procedures myself, as they are described. The Procedures are simply a description of things I have done that have worked for me. Your results may vary.


Due to the wide variance in skills, tools and working conditions I can accept NO LIABILITY for any losses, real or imagined, resulting from using these Procedures. They are provided with NO Warranty expressed or implied as to the suitability to any purpose whatsoever.


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