The new generation of Fiat Tipo has been in production since 2015. This Fiat Tipo dashboard warning lights guide will help provide answers to any symbols that illuminate. The warning lights detailed below also apply if you’re looking for assistance on:
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|Warning light description / action
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo brake warning light.
Description: This exclamation mark symbol illuminates in red and has two possible meanings:
• The parking brake is on. Ensure that the parking brake is properly released.
• Low brake fluid. Check the the brake fluid level in the reservoir is at a permissible level and above the minimum mark. If after topping up with fluid the warning light remains on, it may indicate a brake malfunction.
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo ABS warning light.
Description: Anti-lock braking system (ABS) assists the driver by preventing the wheels from locking during heavy braking. This allows the driver to maintain better control of the vehicle. The illumination of the amber ABS light indicates a failure with the system. Faults are typically due to wheel speed sensors. In the event of ABS failure, normal brake will continue to operate.
ABS + Brake
If both the ABS and brake warning light illuminate simultaneously, it indicates a fault with the EBD system. EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) controls varying braking force on a per-wheel basis to increase stopping ability. In this instance, there's an increased risk of locking wheels. Have the vehicle inspected immediately.
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo power steering warning light.
Description: The red steering wheel / exclamation mark symbol is the power steering fault light. If this warning light remains on, you'll still be able to steer the car though greater effort may be required, particularity at slow driving speeds. This can sometimes be a temporary fault where the power steering motor is temporarily shut off to prevent overheating. Leaving the steering on full lock while the engine is running, or making constant quick left and right turns can cause overheating of the motor.
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo transmission warning light.
Description: This red cog containing an exclamation mark symbol is a warning light indicating failure of the automatic transmission or automatic dual clutch system. Vehicle may operate with limited functionality or enter reduced power mode. Have vehicle checked as soon as possible.
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo oil warning light.
Description: The oil warning light can illuminate in either red or amber:
Red: The red oil light illuminates due to low engine oil pressure. This may be a fault in the engine lubrication system or possibly due to low oil level. If the light comes on, it's essential that the vehicle is stopped as soon as possible and the engine is switched off. Driving with low oil pressure can result in serious engine damage. Once stopped, check oil level and top up if necessary. After topping up, only continue driving if the oil warning light has gone out. If the warning light stays on or the oil level is adequate, do not continue driving and arrange recovery.
Amber: The amber oil warning light indicates deteriorated oil that requires changing. The warning light will continue to display until the oil has been changed. The flashing amber oil light does not indicate a malfunction, but means the oil must be changed now. Deterioration of oil is accelerated by frequent short journeys.
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo oil pressure sensor warning light.
Description: The amber oil light with an exclamation mark illuminating indicates a failure with the engine oil pressure sensor.
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo engine coolant warning light.
Description: This red symbol illuminates when the engine coolant is too high and the engine is overheating. Under normal driving conditions, pull off the road and switch off the engine. Check coolant levels are above the MIN. mark on the coolant tank. If below, wait 15 minutes or so for the coolant to cool. Risk of scolding due to high pressure steam being released. After waiting, slowly release the coolant tank cap to allow steam to exit slowly. After adding coolant, check under vehicle for leaks. Only continue driving if the coolant warning light goes off.
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo battery warning light.
Description: The red battery warning light stays on when there's a battery charge issue. If the battery is not being charged, the engine will stop when the battery is exhausted of energy. To help battery longevity, immediate switch off any electric utilities that are not required. Make your way directly to a repair workshop. Usual causes of battery charge failure are:
• Cables / connections
• Old battery
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo airbag warning light.
Description: When the ignition is switched to MAR, the airbag warning light should come on briefly then go out. If the warning light remains on or does not come on at all, it indicates a failure with the restraint systems. In this case the airbags or pretensioners may not be deployed in an impact or, in a lower number of cases, they may be deployed accidentally. Have the airbag system serviced immediately by a qualified Fiat workshop.
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo general failure warning light.
Description: The amber triangle containing an exclamation mark is the general failure warning light. This warning light comes on when a model of Fiat Tipo does not have a dedicated warning light. For instance:
• Flashing triangle indicates an airbag fault
• Fuel cut-off system
• Engine oil pressure sensor failure
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo tyre pressure warning light.
Description: The tyre pressure warning light can illuminate for the following reasons:
The 'indirect' Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (iTPMS) uses ABS wheel speed sensors to detect loss of tyre pressure. If a fault is detected with the iTPMS, the warning light flashes for about 75 seconds before remaining on. A message may also show in the dashboard display. This may be a temporary fault where the system may resume after a period of time. If the system fails to resume, try resetting the system. If it still fails to operate, have the system serviced by a Fiat workshop. Typical faults are usually to do with the wheel speed sensors.
Low tyre pressure
The warning light remains constantly lit when the pressure in one or more tyres is low based off the stored pressure values. Check tyres or replace wheel if necessary. After this, the system must be reset.
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo ESC warning light.
Description: The Electronic Stability Control (ESC) helps to prevent understeer, oversteer, loss of traction and prevents rolling backwards when starting off a hill by using individual wheel braking and/or by reducing engine power. The system is on by default upon each engine start, but traction control can be switched off when required. When the ESC system is intervening, the warning light will flash. If there's a fault with the system, the warning light remains on.
Switching off traction control
It can be beneficial to switch off traction control when the vehicle is stuck in mud or snow and the driver intends to rock the vehicle forwards and backwards.
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo transmission overheating warning light.
Description: The amber cog with a thermometer inside warns of the transmission / clutch fluid overheating. The warning light will come on after particularly hard use. Along with the light, the vehicle may enter reduced performance mode where a significant reduction in engine power will be noticed. This is a normal protection system. You can continue driving but avoid heavy use of the transmission. The warning light will go out when the transmission fluid has cooled sufficiently.
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo check engine warning light.
Description: The check engine warning light should go out shortly after the engine has started. If it remains on or comes on while driving:
Injection system failure
If the warning light remains on (not flashing) it may indicate the injection system is not working properly. This fault in the supply/ignition system may cause high exhaust emissions, a loss of engine performance and an increase in fuel consumption. You can continue driving, but prolonged use of the vehicle in this condition may result in engine damage.
Catalytic converter damage
If the check engine warning light is flashing, it indicates an engine misfire. This means fuel that has not been burned has entered the system and may result in damage to the catalytic converter. You can continue driving but avoid high speed and high engine loads. Driving at reduced speed should see the warning light stop flashing.
EOBD (European On-Board Diagnostics)
EOBD is an abbreviation of European On-Board Diagnostics. Even if the warning light goes off, fault codes are still stored in the system. It's advised to have the vehicle fault codes checked even of the check engine warning light goes off.
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo glow plug warning light.
Description: On diesel versions of the Fiat Tipo only, the glow plug warning light comes on with the ignition and goes out when the engine is ready to start. In warm temperatures, the glow plug light may illuminate very briefly only.
Flashing glow plug light
The warning light will flash to indicate a fault in the glow plug preheating system. Have the vehicle serviced at a qualified Fiat workshop.
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo low fuel warning light.
Description: This warning light on the display comes on when about 5 to 7 litres of fuel are left in the tank. For LPG versions of the Fiat Tipo, the warning light comes on when about 8 litres of LPG are left in the tank. An acoustic warning goes on and the first notch of the LPG indicator stays on.
Fuel level sensor
In the event of a fuel level sensor failure, the following warning light illuminates:
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo full brake control system warning light.
Description: The full brake control system is a safety braking system that's designed to help prevent frontal collisions. If a possible collision is detected, the system warns the driver and if no action is detected, the system brakes on behalf of the driver.
Brake control system fault
If the full brake control warning light comes on when the system has not been manually switched off, it may indicate a fault with the system. This could be due to the radar located behind the front bumper being obscured by mud / dirt or the radar being damaged due to for example, a knock to the bumper. Warning light illuminates during a malfunction in amber or red:
Amber: Temporary fault.
Red: Permanent fault.
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo start stop deactivated warning light.
Description: The amber 'start stop off' warning light illuminates when the start stop system has been manually deactivated. Depending on your version of Fiat Tipo, a message may also display on the dashboard.
Start Stop failure
If there's a failure in the start stop system, or the start stop system is unavailable, a symbol may appear in amber along with the message: 'start stop unavailable'.
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo code system / immobiliser warning light.
Description: The Fiat Code system is an engine immobiliser that disables engine starting to prevent unauthorised use. The car and lock symbol illuminates in amber indicating a fault with the system or that the key code has not been correctly recognised. This can result in the engine being automatically switched off after 2 seconds. In this instance, try another key if you have one. Ensure also that you only have one electric key on the key ring. Try switching off the ignition and turning the key slowly again. Another common fault can be the immobiliser antenna or earth cable connections. Failing that, it could be a fault with the ECU.
Immobiliser light while driving
If the code system / immobiliser warning light comes on while driving, it means the system is running a self-diagnosis test. This usually occurs due to a drop in voltage.
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo parking sensor fault warning light.
Description: This warning light comes on when there's a fault with the parking sensors (Park Assist). The sensors are located in the rear bumper; one on each corners and one in the middle. Ensure the rear bumper is clear from mud, snow, stickers etc. If your bumper has received an impact, it may cause the parking sensors to malfunction. The warning light comes on in amber or red:
Amber: Temporary parking sensor failure.
Red: Permanent parking sensor failure.
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo parking water in fuel filter warning light.
Description: Water can be present in diesel fuel either at source (fuel pumps) or it can accumulate in the fuel tank. A common cause is leaving the fuel tank empty overnight, resulting in the tank contracting. Diesel fuel is hygroscopic, meaning it absorbs moisture from the air. Water in diesel settles to the bottom of the tank, which in turn is separated by the fuel filter. This warning light comes on when the fuel filter is full and requires draining.
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo DPF warning light.
Description: 'DPF' is the Fiat Tipo 'Diesel Particulate Filter' which is designed to filter harmful particles from exiting the exhaust. After some time, the DPF becomes full and requires cleaning, or 'regenerating'. This usually occurs without driver knowledge, but on occasions driver intervention may be required. This is often due to many short trips being made. If the DPF warning light comes on:
• Drive at a speed of around 38 mph (60 km/h).
• Maintain an engine speed of 2000 rpm or more.
• Try to avoid stopping or slowing the vehicle.
• Continue driving until the light goes out. This usually takes around 15 minutes.
If the DPF warning light remains on, try the regeneration process again. IF the warning light still remains on, or comes on with the check engine warning light, have the DPF system serviced. Continued driving may result in engine damage.
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo CITY warning light.
Description: Fiat's green CITY light means that 'CITY Mode' is activated. It essentially increases power steering function to allow for easy manoeuvering in city environments such as parking.
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo rain sensor warning light.
Description: This warning light illuminates when the automatic windscreen wiper rain sensor has malfunctioned.
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo fuel cut-off system warning light.
Description: This warning light illuminates on the dashboard in the event of fuel cut-off system intervention. If there's a failure in the fuel cut-off system, the following warning light illuminates:
Fuel cut-off system reset
For information on how to reset the system after a collision, see Fiat fuel cut-off system reset.
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo exterior lights failure warning light.
Description: This warning light illuminates on the dashboard due to a blown bulb, a blown fuse or an interruption in an electrical connection of the following:
• Daytime running lights (DRLs)
• Parking lights
• Side lights
• Direction indicators
• Rear fog light
• Reversing light
• Number plate lights
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo ice warning light.
Description: The Fiat Tipo snowflake symbol is an icy road warning. The symbol turns on when the outside temperature falls to or below 3°C.
Outside temperature sensor failure
If the outside temperature sensor malfunctions, the digits that indicate the current outside temperature are replaced by dashes.
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo dusk sensor failure warning light.
Description: The symbol illuminates on the dash along with a message in the event of dusk sensor failure.
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo service schedule warning light.
Description: The spanner / wrench symbol comes on due to a service / maintenance schedule. When the next scheduled service is approaching, the spanner warning will be displayed, followed by the number of kilometres/miles or days (where provided) remaining.
|Warning light name: Fiat Tipo low additive (UREA) warning light.
Description: This warning light comes on due to low levels of Diesel Emissions Additive (UREA). You are required to top up with at least 5 litres of UREA. If there's zero UREA in the tank, you may have to wait 2 minutes before starting the vehicle.