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    starter location and how to get to it?

    hey there everyone, i have a 2012 fiat 500 pop and im trying to locate the starter i know its probably a lame question but i am seriously challenged when it comes to cars although i am definetly learning alot. i believe either my starter or silenoid is bad just from what ive read online. battery is fine but when i turn the key nothing no sound just the usual lights and buzzer in the interior. i would like to check the cables that go to starter but dont know where it is. am i able to access it from above or do i need to jack it up? ive checked ignition connections and they are fine. any help on this matter is appreciated. Also if anyone can recommend a manual for the car i downloaded one online but no table of contents i think its the wrong one. god i sound like an idiot as i re read this..

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    Check the ground connections under the battery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabio13 View Post
    Check the ground connections under the battery.
    I recommend not just checking them, but remove and clean them all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jareddecarlo View Post
    i would like to check the cables that go to starter but dont know where it is. am i able to access it from above or do i need to jack it up?
    You would need to jack the car up and remove the belly pan. The starter is tucked up between the engine and firewall. Taking it out is no fun, so I would be extra sure it isn't a flaky ground or intermittent switch on the clutch peddle, assuming it's a manual transmission.

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    ive checked ignition connections and they are fine. any help on this matter is appreciated. Also if anyone can recommend a manual for the car i downloaded one online but no table of contents i think its the wrong one. god i sound like an idiot as i re read this..
    Best online manual is available through subscription at alldatadiy.com.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KellyfromVA View Post
    You would need to jack the car up and remove the belly pan. The starter is tucked up between the engine and firewall. Taking it out is no fun, so I would be extra sure it isn't a flaky ground or intermittent switch on the clutch peddle, assuming it's a manual transmission.



    Best online manual is available through subscription at alldatadiy.com.
    Yeah, it's a nasty job to get that thing out. I just did it on a 2012 500c pop. Lying under the engine, looking up right in the center on the back side of the engine, it is mounted into the front of the transmission bell which is on your left, if your legs are sticking out the front. The electrical connection is weird and very difficult to test. The trigger signal goes to a ring terminal AROUND the main always on positive lug on the solenoid, all covered by a black plastic housing. So you have to remove the connection to test the trigger signal for voltage. Forget about testing the starter in place as I don't know how you would apply voltage to the ring and the lug at the same time. I just verified the voltage on the incoming wires (ring with key in start) and then I knew the starter was toast. Both connections are held on by a single 13mm nut on the positive lug.


    One mounting bolt is right there, also a 13mm wrench. The top bolt comes in through the transmission bell and is accessed by removing the battery box. Some models hide it under a small access plate, but mine was right on top of the bell. Also 13mm wrench. With two bolts removed, there is also a guide pin that is pretty tight. It took a pry bar to finally get it loose.

    I know this is an old post, but it doesn't seem like many people have done this job and not much info on how to do it on any forum, so I thought I'd post. Dealer wants like $500 for this, so a worthwhile DIY.

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    Man, this engine is just too big for the engine bay.

    Stuff is crammed in everywhere.

    I remember when FIATs had so much room under the hood they put the spare tire there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tedolph View Post
    Man, this engine is just too big for the engine bay.

    Stuff is crammed in everywhere.

    I remember when FIATs had so much room under the hood they put the spare tire there!
    That's when the cars were square (miss my 128).
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    How to remove the starter on a Fiat 500

    Just wanted to update this post for the sake of helping those searching how to remove the starter on a Fiat 500:

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiat500USA View Post
    There is suppose to be an access plug on the trans side. You have to remove the battery tray to get to it, according to the repair manual. You remove the plug and then gain access to the top mounting bolt. It is withdrawn through this access hole.





    Some cars also have an upper starter motor bolt for an extra ground. It sounds like your car doesn't have this bolt, though.



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