towing capacity FIAT BRAVO 2007 2.G Owners Manual
Page 138 of 246
OF THE CAR
For towing caravans or trailers the car
must be fitted with a certified tow hook
and an adequate electric system. Installa-
tion should be carried out by specialised
personnel who release a special document
for circulation on the road.
Install any specific and/or additional rear-
view mirrors as specified by law.
Remember that when towing a trailer,
steep hills are harder to climb, the brak-
ing spaces increase and overtaking takes
longer depending on the overall weight.
Engage a low gear when driving downhill,
rather than constantly using the brake.
The weight the trailer exerts on the car tow
hook reduces by the same amount the ac-
tual car loading capacity. To make sure the
maximum towable weight is not exceeded
(given in the log book) account should be
taken of the fully laden trailer, including ac-
cessories and personal belongings.
Do not exceed the speed limits of the
country you are driving in. In any case do
not exceed 80 km/h.INSTALLING THE
The towing device should be fastened to
the body by specialised personnel accord-
ing to any additional and/or integrative in-
formation supplied by the Manufacturer of
the device. The towing device must meet
current regulations with reference to
94/20/EC Directive and subsequent
amendments. For any version the towing
device used must match the towable
weight of the car on which it is to be in-
IMPORTANT Supplementary electric
loads other than external lights (e.g. elec-
tric brake, electric winch, etc.) shall be
used with running engine.
For the electric connection a unified con-
nector should be used which is generally
placed on a special bracket normally fas-
tened to the towing device, and a special
ECU for external trailer light control shall
be installed on the car.
For the electrical connection, 7 or 13 pin
12VDC connection is to be used (CU-
NA/UNI and ISO/DIN Standards). Follow
the instructions provided by the car man-
ufacturer and/or the tow hitch manufac-
The ABS system with which
the car may be fitted does
not control the trailer braking system.
Drive with extreme care on slippery
Under no circumstances
should the car brake system
be altered to control the trailer brake.
The trailer braking system must be
fully independent of the car’s hy-
Any electric brake (or electric winch, etc.)
should be supplied directly by the battery
through a cable with a cross section of no
less than 2.5 mm
IMPORTANT Electric brake or other de-
vice shall be used with running engine.
In addition to the electrical branches, the
car electric system can only be connect-
ed to the supply cable for an electric brake
and to the cable for an internal light,
though not above 15W. For connections
use the preset control unit with battery
cable no less than 2.5 mm
129-140 BRAVO GB 10-05-2007 9:16 Pagina 137
Page 157 of 246
OF THE CAR
If the battery is flat, it is possible to start
the engine using an auxiliary battery with
the same capacity or a little higher than
the flat one.
Proceed as follows fig. 1:
❒ Connect positive terminals (+ near the
terminal) of the two batteries with a
❒ With a second lead, connect the nega-
tive terminal (–) of the auxiliary battery
and to an earthing point
Eon the en-
gine or the gearbox of the car to be
❒ Start the engine;
❒ When the engine has been started, re-
move the leads reversing the order
If after a few attempts the engine does not
start, do not insist but contact the near-
est Fiat Dealership.IMPORTANT Do not directly connect the
negative terminals of the two batteries:
sparks could ignite the flammable gas from
the battery. If the other battery is fitted in
another car, prevent accidental contacts
between the metal parts of the two cars.BUMP STARTING
Never bump start the engine (by pushing,
towing, or coasting downhill) as this could
cause fuel to flow into the catalytic ex-
haust system and damage it beyond repair.
IMPORTANT Remember that the servo-
brake and electrical power steering sys-
tem are not operating until the engine is
started, a greater effort will therefore be
required to press the brake pedal or turn
the steering wheel.
Under no circumstances
should a battery charger be
used to start the engine: it
could damage the electronic
systems and in particular the ignition
and injection control units.
Do not carry out this proce-
dure if you lack experience;
if it is not done correctly it can cause
very intense electrical discharges. In
addition, the fluid contained in the
battery is poisonous and corrosive.
Avoid contact with skin and eyes. You
are also advised not to put naked
flames or lighted cigarettes near the
battery and not to cause sparks.
155-190 BRAVO GB 10-05-2007 9:19 Pagina 156