engine oil FIAT 124 SPIDER 2017 2.G Owners Manual
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For cruising, these are recommended
to 3 19 mph (31 km/h)
3 to 4 26 mph (42 km/h)
4 to 5 34 mph (55 km/h)
5 to 6 41 mph (66 km/h)
When you must slow down in heavy
traffic or on a steep upgrade, downshift
before the engine starts to overwork.
This reduces the chance of stalling and
gives better acceleration when you
need more speed.
On a steep downgrade, downshifting
helps maintain safe speed and prolongs
Manually Shifting Up (Automatic
Using selector lever: to shift up to a
higher gear, tap the selector lever back
MONITOR — IF
Oil Life Reset
Versions With Fiat Radio 3.0
“Oil Change” with flexible settings are
available. Consult an Authorized
Dealership for details.
Note:The engine oil flexible
maintenance setting is available (if
equipped). Based on the engine
operating conditions, the on-board
computer in your vehicle calculates the
remaining oil life. When the engine oil
flexible maintenance setting is selected,
the system must be reset whenever
replacing the engine oil regardless of
the wrench indicator light display.
When the engine oil flexible
maintenance setting is selected, the
wrench indicator light will illuminate in
the instrument cluster when remaining
oil life becomes less than 300 miles
(500 km) or remaining days are less
than 15 (whichever comes first).
Your vehicle is equipped with an engine
oil change indicator system. The “Oil
Change Required” message will flash in
the Instrument Cluster Display for
approximately 10 seconds after a single
chime has sounded to indicate the next
scheduled oil change interval. The
engine oil change indicator system is duty cycle based, which means the
engine oil change interval may fluctuate,
dependent upon your personal driving
Unless reset, this message will continue
to display each time you turn the
ignition switch to the ON/RUN position.
To reset the oil change indicator system
(after performing the scheduled
maintenance), refer to the following
1. Place the ignition in the ON position.
(Do not start the engine.)
2. Fully push the accelerator pedal
slowly, three times within 10 seconds.
3. Place the ignition in the OFF/LOCK
If the indicator message
illuminates when you start the vehicle,
the oil change indicator system did not
reset. If necessary, repeat this
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Oil Change Setting
Notification can be switched on/off.
Distance (mile or km) Displays the distance until an oil change is
due. Select this item to set the oil change
distance. “Oil Change Due!” is displayed in red, and the wrench indicator light will
illuminate in the Instrument Cluster when the remaining distance is less than 300 mi (500 km).
Reset Resets the remaining distance to the initial
value. Once the system turns on, it needs to be reset whenever replacing the engine oil.
Oil life (%) Displays the engine oil life until an oil change
is due. “Oil Change Due!” is displayed in red
and the wrench indicator light will illuminate in the Instrument Cluster when remaining oil life distance is less than 300 mi (500 km), or
remaining days are less than 15 (whichever comes first).
Reset Resets the remaining oil life to 100%. The
system must be reset whenever replacing the engine oil.
(*) The engine oil flexible maintenance setting is available (only some models). Consult an Authorized Dealership for details.
When the engine oil flexible maintenance setting is selected, you will see the following items in the display.
The vehicle calculates the remaining oil life based on the engine operating conditions and lets you know when an oil change is
due by illuminating the wrench indicator light in the instrument cluster.
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Warning Lights And
The warning light in the instrument
panel appears together with a
dedicated message and/or acoustic
signal when applicable. These
indications are indicative and
precautionary and as such must not be
considered as exhaustive and/or
alternative to the information contained
in the Owner’s Manual, which you are
advised to read carefully in all cases.
Always refer to the information in this
chapter in the event of a failure
Failure indications displayed are
divided into two categories: serious
and less serious failures. Serious
failures are indicated by a repeated
and prolonged warning "cycle". Less
serious failures are indicated by a
warning "cycle" with a shorter duration.
The display cycle of both categories
can be interrupted. The instrument
panel warning light will stay on until the
cause of the failure is eliminated. Vehicles With Fiat Connect 7.0
The warning contents can be verified
on the audio system.
Proceed as follows:
If the warning light is turned on,
selecticon on the home screen to
display the application screen.
Select “ Warning Guidance ”to
display the current warnings.
Select the applicable warning to view
the warning details.
For the following warning/indicator lights:
Master Warning Light
Brake System Warning Light
ABS Warning Light
Charging System Warning Light
Engine Oil Warning Light
Electric Throttle Warning Light
Cold Start Warning Light
Check Engine Warning Light
Coolant Temperature Warning Light
Automatic Transmission Warning
Power Steering Malfunction Indicator
Air Bag/Seat Belt Pretensioner
System Warning Light
Check Fuel Cap Warning Light
Low Fuel Warning Light
Seat Belt Warning Light
Door Ajar Warning Light
Low Washer Fluid Level Warning
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
KEY Warning Light
LED Headlight KEY Warning Light
BSM (Blind Spot Monitoring) OFF
Wrench Indicator Light
TCS/DSC Indicator Light
DSC OFF Indicator Light
Security Indicator Light
Passenger Air Bag Deactivation
The light turns on when the ignition is
switched on for an operation check,
and turns off a few seconds later or
when the engine is started. If the light
does not turn on or remains turned on,
have the vehicle inspected at an
Only for “Brake System Warning Light”:
the light turns on continuously when the
parking brake is applied.
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Warning LightWhat It Means
If the warning light illuminates while driving, it indicates a malfunction of the alternator or of the
charging system. Drive to the side of the road and park off the right-of-way. Stop the vehicle in a
safe place immediately and contact an Authorized Dealership.
Note:Do not continue driving when the charging system warning light is illuminated because the
engine could stop unexpectedly.
LOW ENGINE OIL PRESSURE
This warning light indicates low engine oil pressure.
Note:Do not run the engine if the oil pressure is low. Otherwise, it could result in extensive engine
If the light illuminates or the warning indication is displayed while driving:
Drive to the side of the road and park off the right-of-way on level ground.
Turn off the engine and wait five minutes for the oil to drain back into the sump.
Inspect the engine oil level. If it's low, add the appropriate amount of engine oil while being
careful not to overfill.
Start the engine and check the warning light.
Do not run the engine if the oil level is low. Otherwise, it could result in extensive engine damage.
If the light remains illuminated even though the oil level is normal or after adding oil, stop the
engine immediately and contact an Authorized Dealership.
DOOR-OPEN WARNING LIGHT
The light turns on if any door is not closed securely.
Close the door securely.
Driving a vehicle with the red brake light on is dangerous. Part of the brake system may have failed. It will take longer to stop the vehicle. You
could have a collision. Have the vehicle checked immediately.
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL
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ONLY use the driver’s side floor mat on
the driver’s side floor area. To check for
interference, with the vehicle properly
parked with the engine off, fully depress the
accelerator, the brake, and the clutch pedal
(if present) to check for interference. If your
floor mat interferes with the operation of
any pedal, or is not secure to the floor,
remove the floor mat from the vehicle and
place the floor mat in your trunk.
ONLY use the passenger’s side floor
mat on the passenger’s side floor area.
ALWAYS make sure objects cannot fall
or slide into the driver’s side floor area
when the vehicle is moving. Objects can
become trapped under accelerator, brake,
or clutch pedals and could cause a loss of
NEVER place any objects under the
floor mat (e.g., towels, keys, etc.). These
objects could change the position of the
floor mat and may cause interference with
the accelerator, brake, or clutch pedals.
If the vehicle carpet has been removed
and re-installed, always properly attach
carpet to the floor and check the floor mat
fasteners are secure to the vehicle carpet.
Fully depress each pedal to check for
interference with the accelerator, brake, or
clutch pedals then re-install the floor mats.
It is recommended to only use mild soap
and water to clean your floor mats. After
cleaning, always check your floor mat has
been properly installed and is secured to
your vehicle using the floor mat fasteners
by lightly pulling mat.
Rocking The Vehicle
Note: Too much rocking may cause
engine overheating, transmission failure,
and tire damage.
If you must rock the vehicle to free it
from snow, sand or mud, depress the
accelerator slightly and slowly move the
gear selector from 1 (D) to R.
Fast spinning tires can be dangerous.
Forces generated by excessive wheel
speeds may cause damage, or even
failure, of the axle and tires. A tire could
explode and injure someone. Do not spin
your vehicle's wheels faster than 30 mph
(48 km/h) or for longer than 30 seconds
continuously without stopping when you
are stuck and do not let anyone near a
spinning wheel, no matter what the speed.
When “rocking” a stuck vehicle by
shifting between DRIVE and REVERSE, do
not spin the wheels faster than 15 mph
(24 km/h), or drivetrain damage may result.
Revving the engine or spinning the
wheels too fast may lead to transmission
overheating and failure. It can also damage
the tires. Do not spin the wheels above
30 mph (48 km/h) while in gear (no
transmission shifting occurring).
Carry emergency gear, including tire
chains, window scraper, flares, a small
shovel, jumper leads, and a small bag
of sand or salt.
Contact an Authorized Dealer to check
Have the proper ratio of antifreeze in
Inspect the battery and its leads.
Cold reduces battery capacity.
Use an engine oil appropriate for the
lowest ambient temperatures that the
vehicle will be driven in.
Inspect the ignition system for
damage and loose connections.
Use winter windshield washer fluid
that will not freeze.
STARTING AND OPERATING
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Observe the traction device
manufacturer’s instructions on the method
of installation, operating speed, and
conditions for use. Always use the
suggested operating speed of the device
manufacturer’s if it is less than 30 mph
Do not use traction devices on a
compact spare tire.
Driving In Flooded Area
Note: Do not drive the vehicle on
flooded roads as it could cause short
circuit of electrical/electronic parts, or
water enters the engine and causes it
to lock up (hydro-lock) and stall. If the
vehicle has been immersed in water
contact your Authorized Dealer.
Although your vehicle is capable of
driving through shallow standing water,
consider the following Cautions and
Warnings before doing so.
Driving through standing water limits
your vehicle’s traction capabilities. Do not
exceed 5 mph (8 km/h) when driving
through standing water.
Driving through standing water limits
your vehicle’s braking capabilities, which
increases stopping distances. Therefore,
after driving through standing water, drive
slowly and lightly press on the brake pedal
several times to dry the brakes.
Failure to follow these warnings may
result in injuries that are serious or fatal to
you, your passengers, and others around
Always check the depth of the standing
water before driving through it. Never drive
through standing water that is deeper than
the bottom of the tire rims mounted on the
Determine the condition of the road or
the path that is under water and if there are
any obstacles in the way before driving
through the standing water.
Do not exceed 5 mph (8 km/h) when
driving through standing water. This will
minimize wave effects.
Driving through standing water may
cause damage to your vehicle’s drivetrain
components. Always inspect your vehicle’s
fluids (i.e., engine oil, transmission, axle,
etc.) for signs of contamination (i.e., fluid
that is milky or foamy in appearance) after
driving through standing water. Do not
continue to operate the vehicle if any fluid
appears contaminated, as this may result in
further damage. Such damage is not
covered by the New Vehicle Limited
Getting water inside your vehicle’s
engine can cause it to lock up and stall out,
and cause serious internal damage to the
engine. Such damage is not covered by
the New Vehicle Limited Warranty.
Note: Be careful not to overload your
vehicle. The gross axle weight rating
(GAWR) and the gross vehicle weight
rating (GVWR) of the vehicle are on the
Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Label on
the driver's door frame. Exceeding
these ratings can cause an accident or
vehicle damage. You can estimate the
weight of the load by weighing the
items (or people) before putting them in
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Be extremely careful and prevent injury
to yourself and others or damage to
your vehicle when using this Owner’s
Manual for inspection and maintenance.
If you are unsure about any procedure it
describes, we strongly urge you to have
a reliable and qualified service shop
perform the work, preferably at your
Factory-trained FCA technicians and
genuine FCA parts are best for your
vehicle. Without this expertise and the
parts that have been designed and
made especially for your vehicle,
inadequate, incomplete, and insufficient
servicing may result in problems. This
could lead to vehicle damage or an
accident and injuries.
For expert advice and quality service,
contact your Authorized Dealer.
To continue New Vehicle Limited
Warranty eligibility and to protect your
investment, it is your responsibility to
properly maintain your vehicle
according to factory recommended
schedules outlined in this Owner’s
Manual. As part of this you must keep
your maintenance records, receipts,
repair orders and any other documents
as evidence this maintenance was
performed. You must present these
documents, should any New Vehicle
Limited Warranty coverage
disagreement occur. Failure to do so
can result in your New Vehicle LimitedWarranty being voided either in whole
or in part.
This evidence may consist of the
The FCA Scheduled Maintenance
Record, refer to the Warranty Booklet,
must be completely filled out showing
mileage, repair order number, date for
each service, and signed by a qualified
automotive service technician who
Original copies of repair orders or
other receipts that include the mileage
and date the vehicle was serviced.
Each receipt should be signed by a
qualified automotive service technician.
For self maintenance, a statement
that you completed the maintenance
yourself, displaying mileage and the
date the work was performed. Also,
receipts for the replacement parts (fluid,
filters, etc.) indicating the date and
mileage must accompany this
If you elect to perform maintenance
yourself or have your vehicle serviced at
a location other than an Authorized
Dealer, FCA requires that all fluids, parts
and materials must meet FCA
standards for durability and
performance as described in this
Owner’s Manual. Claims against the warranty resulting
from lack of maintenance, as opposed
to defective materials or authorized FCA
workmanship, will not be honored.
Any auto repair shop using parts
equivalent to your vehicle's original
equipment may perform maintenance.
But we recommend that it always be
done by an Authorized Dealer using
genuine FCA parts. Selecting
“Maintenance Monitor” enables the
system to notify you of your vehicle's
The owner or a qualified service
technician should make these vehicle
inspections at the indicated intervals to
ensure safe and dependable operation.
Bring any problem to the attention of an
Authorized Dealer or qualified service
technician as soon as possible.
When refueling perform inspection
Brake and clutch fluid level
Engine coolant level
Engine oil level
Washer fluid level
At least monthly perform inspection
Tire inflation pressures
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At least twice a year (for example,
every spring and fall) perform
As explained in the “Introduction”
paragraph, several procedures can be
done only by a qualified service
technician with special tools.
For details, read the separate Warranty
Booklet provided with the vehicle. If you
are unsure about any servicing or
maintenance procedure, have it done
by an Authorized Dealer.
There are strict environmental laws
regarding the disposal of waste oil and
fluids. Please dispose of your waste
properly and with due regard to the
We recommend that you entrust the oil
and fluid changes of your vehicle to an
Every 620 miles (1,000 km) or before
long trips check and, if necessary, top
Engine coolant level.
Brake fluid level.
Windshield washer fluid level.
Tire inflation pressure and condition.
Operation of lighting system
(headlights, direction indicators, hazard
warning lights, etc.).
Operation of windshield
washer/wiper system and
positioning/wear of windshield wiper
Every 1860 miles (3,000 km) check
and top off the engine oil level if
Heavy-Duty Use Of The
If the vehicle is used under one of the
Short, repeated trips less than 4.4 -
5 miles (7-8km)atsub -zero outside
Engine idling for long periods of time
or driving long distances at low speeds
or long periods of inactivity. The following checks must be carried
out more often than indicated in the
Scheduled Servicing Plan:
Check front disc brake pad condition
Check cleanliness of underhood area
and all door and trunk locks, cleanliness
and lubrication of linkage.
Visually inspect conditions of the:
engine, transmission, lines and hoses
(exhaust/fuel system/brakes) and
rubber elements (hoses/belts/etc.).
Check battery charge and battery
Visually inspect conditions of the
accessory drive belts.
Check and, if necessary, change
engine oil and replace oil filter.
Check and, if necessary, replace
cabin air filter.
Check and, if necessary, replace air
Severe Duty All Models
Change Engine Oil at 4,000 miles
(6,500 km) if the vehicle is operated in a
dusty and off road environment or is
operated predominately at idle or only
very low engine RPM’s. This type of
vehicle use is considered Severe Duty.
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Mileage or time passed(whichever comes first)
Visual inspect the
condition and tensioning of
the accessory drive belt. •• •
Replace the accessory
drive belt. (****) •
Inspect and replace PCV
valve if necessary. •
Change engine oil and
replace oil filter. (*) In accordance with Oil Change Indicator System OR Severe Duty Mileage, whichever occurs first.
Replace spark plugs (1.4L
Turbo engine). (**) ••• • •
Replace engine air filter. (#) • • • • •
Replace Cabin Air Filter – If
Equipped. (***) •••• • • •
Flush and replace the
engine coolant at 10 years
or 150,000 miles
(240,000 km) whichever
comes first. ••
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Mileage or time passed(whichever comes first)
Replace the timing belt
(1.4L Turbo Engine). •
(#) The engine air cleaner should be inspected at every oil change if used in dusty areas.
(*) The oil and oil filter replacement must be carried out when indicated by a warning light or message on the instrument panel,
or in any case should not exceed 1 year.
(**) The spark plug change is distance based only, yearly intervals do not apply. The following are essential to ensure correct
operation and prevent serious damage to the engine:
Only use spark plugs of the same make and type which are specially certified for such engines (refer to “Engine Information”
in “Technical Data” for further information).
Strictly comply with the spark plug replacement interval given in the “Maintenance Schedule” for spark plug replacement.
Contact your Authorized Dealer if you have any questions.
(***) Replace every 20,000 miles (32,000 km) or 2 years. Replacement every 10,000 miles (16,000km) or 1 year in dusty
conditions or as optional/suggested replacement.
(****) Replace belt every 40,000 miles (60,000km) for use on dusty roads.
You can be badly injured working on or around a motor vehicle. Do only service work for which you have the knowledge and the right
equipment. If you have any doubt about your ability to perform a service job, take your vehicle to a competent mechanic.
Failure to properly inspect and maintain your vehicle could result in a component malfunction and effect vehicle handling and performance.
This could cause an accident.