Skip to main content
Menu
0 items

Haynes On Demand sales are currently limited to residents of the United Kingdom only.

Battery check Fiat Panda 2004 - 2012 Diesel 1.3 Multijet

OnDemand step-by-step maintenance & repair BETA

Fiat Panda 2004 - 2012  | 1.3 Multijet Battery check

  • time 5 minutes
  • difficulty 1
Locate the battery
Check the Negative (-) terminal clamp is tight
Check the Positive (+) terminal clamp is tight. CAUTION – if using a spanner to tighten the terminal be careful not to short the spanner on the bodywork
Check battery is generally secure, and if loose, tighten the battery retainer
The battery retaining clamp position
To tighten, a 13mm socket is needed. Not too tight as you may damage the battery casing If you have to replace the battery or alternator, click below
- Close + Open

Battery removal & replacement

Battery disconnection

1 Depress the clip and disconnect the earth lead from the ‘false pole’ (see illustration) .
Depress the clip (arrowed) and lift the earth terminal (-) from the ‘false pole’
2 Depress the clip and disconnect the wiring plug from the battery monitor sensor (see illustration) .
Disconnect the wiring plug (arrowed) from the battery monitor sensor
3 Slacken the negative terminal clamp nut, rotate the clamp back and forth a little, to release it from the terminal post, and pull it upwards from place (see illustration) . Cover the terminal post, and position the clamp away from the battery to prevent accidental reconnection.
Slacken the negative terminal clamp nut (arrowed)

Without battery monitor sensor

4 On Type 1, slacken the negative lead clamp nut. On Type 2, push the over-centre clamp lever away from the battery to release it. On all types, rotate the negative (-) lead clamp back and forth a little, to release it from the battery terminal post, and pull it upwards from place (see illustrations) . Cover the battery terminal post, and position the lead clamp away from the battery to prevent accidental reconnection.
Push the over-centre clamp lever away from the battery . . .
. . . twist the clamp back-and-forth and pull it upwards

Removal

5 Disconnect the battery negative lead clamp as previously described.
6 Remove the plastic cover over the positive (+) terminal lead clamp, then disconnect the lead at the battery positive (+) terminal by slackening the retaining nut and removing the terminal clamp (see illustrations) .
Pull up the plastic cover . . .
. . . then slacken the positive (+) terminal clamp nut (arrowed)
7 Undo the retaining nut, and remove the battery securing strap (see illustration) .
Undo the battery retaining strap nut (arrowed)
8 Carefully lift the battery from its location and remove from the car. Make sure the battery is kept upright at all times.

Refitting

Note: As a precaution, before refitting the battery check that all doors are unlocked.
9 Refitting is a reversal of removal, but smear petroleum jelly on the terminals after reconnecting the leads to reduce corrosion, and always reconnect the positive lead first, followed by the negative lead.

Battery tray

10 Remove the battery as described previously.
11 Pull the battery tray cover upwards from place (see illustration) . Note the drain tube.
Pull the battery tray cover upwards, noting the drain hose routing (arrowed)
12 Some models have the engine management ECU bolted to the side of the battery tray. Release the locking catches, and disconnect the wiring plugs from the engine management ECU.
13 Where applicable, undo the bolt/nut securing the earth lead to the ECU (see illustrations) .
Disconnect the earth lead from the ECU (arrowed) – ECU mounted on the rear of the battery tray . . .
. . . and ECU mounted on the side of the battery tray (arrowed)
14 Undo the retaining bolts/nut, lift the battery tray and unclip the wiring loom(s) from the tray (see illustrations) . Manoeuvre the battery tray, complete with ECU (where applicable), from place.
Battery tray retaining bolts/nut (arrowed) – 500 models . . .
. . . and Panda models (arrowed)
15 Refitting is a reversal of removal.
- Close + Open

Alternator replacement

Removal

1 The alternator is located on the rear of the cylinder block. First apply the handbrake, then jack up the front of the vehicle and support it on axle stands. Remove the right-hand front roadwheel and the wheel arch liner cover for access to the right-hand side of the engine.
2 Disconnect the battery negative terminal.
3 Remove the auxiliary drivebelt.
4 Undo the retaining bolts and move the vacuum reservoir and bracket (where fitted) at the rear of the cylinder block to one side (see illustration) .
Move the vacuum reservoir and bracket (arrowed) to one side
5 Unscrew the nuts and disconnect the wiring from the rear of the alternator.
6 Unscrew the upper mounting bolt and the two lower mounting bolts, then withdraw the alternator downwards from the block (see illustrations) .
Alternator upper and lower mounting bolts (arrowed)
Manoeuvre the alternator between the subframe and the driveshaft

Refitting

7 Refitting is a reversal of removal, but tighten the mounting bolts to the specified torque. Refit the auxiliary drivebelt.
Alternator mounting bolts: Nm Ibf ft
  M8 25 18
  M10 50 37
All OnDemand jobs for your car
£9.99
1 year subscription

Already purchased this job? Log into your account to view