Free step-by-step video tutorials for your Fiat 500
Do you own a Fiat 500? Thinking about buying a used example of this Italian supermini? Wondering if the Fiat 500 is a good, safe and reliable car? Crash safety experts Euro NCAP awarded the car three stars out of five overall, while in Auto Express's latest Driver Power owner satisfaction survey the Fiat 500 finished 45th place out of 75 cars, with strong individual scores for its styling, interior and running costs.
You can save yourself serious amounts of money by carrying out maintenance and repairs on your own car, and Haynes' Owners Workshop Manual for the Fiat 500 (2008 - 2012) shows you how to perform basic jobs such as checking the fluid levels and changing the wiper blades as well as more advanced procedures such as replacing the rear shock absorbers and changing the coolant.
Haynes shows you how to service and maintain your Fiat 500
Haynes' 15 YouTube videos show you, step by step, how to do the jobs shown above (and more) on your Fiat 500.
How to replace the rear light bulbs
How to change the wiper blades
How to replace the air filter
How to change the coolant
How to check the fluid levels (shown below)
How to replace the headlight bulbs
How to replace the rear shock absorbers
How to replace the front brake pads
How to change a wheel
How to replace the battery
How to change the engine oil and filter
How to change the pollen filter
How to replace the rear bulbs
How to renew the fuel filter
How to change the brake fluid
The videos are designed to complement our print and online manuals for the Fiat 500 with the 1.2 litre (1242cc) petrol engine and the 1.3 litre MultiJet (1248cc) turbodiesel engine. They also cover most mechanical features of Convertible but do NOT cover models with 0.9 litre 2-cyl ‘TwinAir’ or 1.4 litre petrol engines, the semi-automatic transmission or Abarth or 4x4 models.
Written from hands-on experience gained from the complete strip-down and rebuild of a Fiat 500, Haynes can help you understand, care for and repair your car. We do it ourselves to help you do-it-yourself, and whatever your mechanical ability, the practical step-by-step explanations, linked to over 900 photos, will help you get the job done right. Regular servicing and maintenance of your Fiat 500 can help maintain its resale value, save you money, and make it safer to drive.
Buyer’s guide: the Fiat 500 story
The Fiat 500 was introduced in January 2008 as a 3-door hatchback with a 1.2-litre petrol or 1.3-litre diesel engines.
The petrol engine is of the four-cylinder single overhead camshaft (SOHC) 8-valve configuration, in-line type, whereas the diesel engine is four-cylinder double-overhead camshaft (DOHC) 16-valve design with direct, common-rail fuel injection and a turbocharger.
The engines have sophisticated emission control systems, including catalytic converters, particulate filter, EVAP, EGR, etc.
The 500 came with a 5-speed manual gearbox (covered by the Haynes manual). A semi-automatic ‘Duo-logic’ and four-wheel (4x4) drive transmissions were also available (not covered).
Drive is sent to the front wheels and the front suspension is fully independent, while the rear is semi-independent with a torsion beam and trailing arms.
A wide range of standard and optional equipment was available on the 500 range, including electric power steering, air conditioning, remote central locking, electric windows, electric sunroof, anti-lock braking system, alarm and airbags.
For the home mechanic, the 500 is a relatively straightforward vehicle to maintain, and most of the items requiring frequent attention are easily accessible.