towing FIAT SCUDO 2008 2.G Owners Manual
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If the engine does not start at the first at-
tempt, return the ignition key to Sbefore
If, when the ignition key is at M, the dis-
play warning light
mremains lit, turn the
key to Sand then back to M; if the warn-
ing lights remain on, try with the other
keys provided with the vehicle.
IMPORTANT Never leave the ignition key
to Mwhen the engine is off.
The warning light m will flash
for 60 seconds at start-up or
during prolonged cranking to
indicate a fault in the glow
plug heating system. You can use the
vehicle as usual if the engine starts but
you should contact Fiat Dealership as
soon as possible.
HOW TO WARM UP THE
ENGINE AFTER IT HAS JUST
Proceed as follows:
❒Drive off slowly, letting the engine turn
at medium revs. Do not accelerate
❒Do not drive at full performance for the
initial kilometres. Wait until the coolant
temperature gauge starts moving.
Remember that the servo-
brake and power steering are
not operational until the en-
gine has been started, there-
fore much effort than usual is required
on the brake pedal and steering wheel.
Never bump start the engine
by pushing, towing or coast-
ing downhill as this could
cause fuel to flow into the
catalytic exhaust system and damage
it beyond repair.
STOPPING THE ENGINE
Turn the ignition key to Swhile the en-
gine is idling.
IMPORTANT After a taxing drive, you
should allow the engine to “catch its
breath” before turning it off by letting it
idle to allow the temperature in the en-
gine compartment to fall.
A quick burst on the acceler-
ator before turning off the en-
gine serves absolutely no
practical purpose, it wastes
fuel and is damaging especially to tur-
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CONDITIONS OF USE
Short journeys and frequent cold starts do
not allow the engine to reach optimum op-
erating temperature. This results in a sig-
nificant increase in consumption levels
(from +15 to +30% on the urban cycle)
and emission of harmful substances.
Traffic and road conditions
Rather high consumption levels are tied to
situations with heavy traffic, for example
in queues with frequent use of the lower
gears or in cities with many traffic lights.
Also winding mountain roads and rough
road surfaces adversely affect consump-
During prolonged hold-ups (level crossings)
the engine should be switched off. Top speed
Fuel consumption increases considerably
as speed increases. Your speed should be
kept as even as possible and superfluous
braking and acceleration avoided as this
increases both consumption and emis-
Accelerating violently increasing the revs
will greatly affect consumption and emis-
sions: acceleration should be gradual and
should not exceed the maximum torque.TOWING TRAILERS
For towing caravans or trailers the vehi-
cle must be fitted with a certified tow
hook and an adequate electric system.
To prevent damages to the vehicle elec-
tric system, adopt an electronic control
unit specially designed and dedicated to
Installation should be carried out by spe-
cialised 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.
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INSTALLING THE TOW HOOK
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. Engage a low gear when driving downhill,
rather than constantly using the brake.
The weight the trailer exerts on the vehi-
cle tow hook reduces by the same amount
the actual vehicle loading capacity.
To make sure the maximum towable
weight is not exceeded (given in the log
book) account should be taken of the ful-
ly laden trailer, including accessories and
Do not exceed the speed limits of the
country you are driving in. In any case do
not exceed 100 km/h.
The ABS system with which
the vehicle may be fitted
does not control the trailer braking
system. Therefore be cautious on slip-
Under no circumstances
should the vehicle brake sys-
tem be altered to control the trailer
brake. The trailer braking system
must be fully independent of the ve-
hicle’s hydraulic system.
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ENGINE OIL (red)
Low engine oil pressure
Turning the ignition key to Mthe warn-
ing light turns on, but it should go out as
soon as the engine is started.
If the warning light vturns on when travelling stop
the engine immediately and contact
a Fiat Dealership.
❒Vehicle heavy duty(e.g.: towing
trailer uphill of fully laden vehicle):
decrease speed, if the warning light
stays on, stop the vehicle. Wait for 2
or 3 minutes leaving the engine on
and slightly accelerated to further
activate the circulation of the
coolant fluid, then switch the engine
off. Check proper coolant level as
IMPORTANT Under severe use of the
vehicle, keep the engine on and slightly
accelerated for few minutes before
switching it off.LOW BATTERY
Turning the ignition key to M
the warning light turns on, but it should
go out as soon as the engine is started
(with the engine running at idle speed a
brief delay in going out is allowed).
If the warning light remains lit constant-
ly seek immediate advice from the Fiat
If the warning light flashes: it signals that
the vehicle is in the “economy mode”
and has deactivated some unnecessary
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ENGINE STARTING ........................................................... 134
IF A TYRE IS PUNCTURED .............................................. 135
WHEN NEEDING TO CHANGE A BULB ................... 139
IF AN EXTERIOR BULB BURNS OUT .......................... 141
IF AN INTERIOR BULB BURNS OUT ........................... 145
IF A FUSE BLOWS ............................................................... 146
IF THE BATTERY IS FLAT ................................................. 151
TOWING THE VEHICLE ................................................... 152
In an emergency we recommend that you call the toll-free number found on the
Warranty Booklet. You can also connect to the site www.fiat.com
to search for the nearest Fiat Dealership point
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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 vehicle, prevent accidental con-
tacts between the metal parts of the two
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 brake
booster and the power steering system
are not operating until the engine is start-
ed, a greater effort will therefore be re-
quired to press the brake pedal or to turn
the steering wheel.IF A TYRE
Wheel changing and correct use of the
jack and spare wheel call for some pre-
cautions as listed below.
Alert other drivers that the
vehicle is stationary in com-
pliance with the regulations in force:
hazard warning lights, warning trian-
gle etc. Any passengers on board
should leave the vehicle, especially if
it is heavily laden. Passengers should
stay away from oncoming traffic
while the wheel is being changed on.
Pull the handbrake.
Before starting to change
the wheel, deactivate the
pneumatic suspension system (where
provided). See paragraph “Pneumat-
ic suspensions” in this section.
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Do not start the engine
when towing the vehicle.
Before screwing the drawbar
eye, carefully clean the rela-
tive threaded part. Before starting to
tow the vehicle, take care also to
have completely tightened the draw-
bar eye onto the threaded pin.
Before starting to tow, disen-
gage the steering lock (see
paragraph “Ignition device” in section
“Dashboard and controls”).
When towing, remember that without
the help of the brake booster and
power steering, a greater effort is re-
quired on the pedal and steering
wheel. Do not use flexible cables for
towing and avoid jerks. During tow-
ing operations make sure that fasten-
ing the joint to the vehicle does not
damage the components in contact
with it. When towing the vehicle, you
must comply with the specific traffic
regulations regarding the tow ring and
how to tow on the road.
TOWING THE VEHICLE
The tow ring provided with the vehicle is
housed in the engine compartment as
shown in fig. 26.
Proceed as follows:
❒open the bonnet and release the tow
ring A-fig. 26from its seat;
❒take away the front or rear door B-fig.
27using the supplied screwdriver;
❒completely undo the drawbar eye on
the relative threaded pin.
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Should prevailing use of the vehicle be un-
der one of the following specially heavy
❒trailer or caravan towing;
❒short distances (less than 7-8 km) re-
peated and with external tempera-
tures below zero;
❒frequently idling engines or long dis-
tance low speed driving (e.g. door-to-
door deliveries) or in case of a long
❒driving in the city;
carry out the following checks more fre-
quently than required in the Service
❒check front disk brake pad conditions
❒check cleanness of locks, bonnet and
boot and lever cleanness and lubrica-
❒sight inspect the conditions of: engine,
gearbox, transmission, pipes and hoses
(exhaust - fuel - brakes), rubber parts
(boots, sleeves, bushes, etc.);
❒check battery charge and fluid level
❒visual check on various drive belt con-
❒check and replace pollen filter, if re-
❒check and replace air cleaner, if re-
Every 1,000 km or before long journeys,
check and top up if required:
❒engine coolant fluid level;
❒brake fluid level;
❒windscreen washer fluid level;
❒tyre pressure and conditions;
❒light system operation (headlights, di-
rection indicators, hazard lights, etc.);
❒windscreen wiper/washer operation
and windscreen/rear window blade
Every 3,000 km check and top up if re-
quired: engine oil level.
You are recommended to use FL
Selenia, products, designed and pro-
duced specifically for Fiat vehicles (see
table “Capacities” in section “Technical
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BODYWORK PAINT AND
TYRES fig. 4
The label attached to the upright, driver’s
– The size of the wheel rims and the tyres;
– The brand of the tyres certified by the
– The inflating pressure (the control of the
inflating pressure must be carried out
when stationary and at least once a
– Paint colour code.
PRESSIONS CONTROLLER PNEUS FROIDS (
CHASSIS MARKING fig. 3
Use the flat tip of the towing hook so as
to open the car door.
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WEIGHTS AND TOWABLE LOADS
For further details see the registration certificate of your vehicle.
In every Country it is compulsory to observe the current regulations in force concerning the admitted towable loads. Contact Fiat
Dealership for further details on towing and admitted towable loads.
If max admitted load values are not exceed it will be possible to tow trailers. In any case, never exceed the max admitted trailer
and towable load values specified in the registration certificate.
Observe vehicle towing capacity values.
(*) The towable load with trailer with brakes can be increased provided the equivalent load is unloaded from the vehicle in order
to avoid exceeding the total towable load. High external temperatures could cause low engine performance. In this event (external
temperature exceeding 37 °C) the towable load shall be limited to 700 kg without carrying other loads. If towing trailers never ex-
ceed 100 km/h speed (observe the regulations in force in your Country). Engine
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