Dec 4

The Problem: There are many complaints from owners about the faulty fuel pump indicator and the eventual low torque revving of Fiat Palio 1.9 Diesel . There are funny stories and elaborate nightmares in gruesome detail told by those who endured the service department’s sensible touch. Some sold their cars and some got them fixed for the time being. But there seems to be no real solution for this. Insurance company won’t cover it, because it is not a manufacturing defect (at least according to Fiat). And Fiat is not promising warranty on either the Repaired Pump (By TVSE motors – for Rs. 25,000 they change the Faulty sensor in the pump) or the new Pump (costs Rs. 75,000). As a bonus you have to pay it from your pocket. This is going to continue until Fiat accepts that it is a major screw-up in their manufacturing and rectifies it.

The Solution:
You have to start the engine 2 to 3 times until the indicator goes off. Once started, then usually there is no problem (except some public embarrassment).

103 Responses to “Fiat Palio 1.9 Diesel Starting Problem and Solution”

  1. Vasanth Says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Please let me know you issue in detail, as when the problem started and what are solutions you have taken.

    Possible call me will discuss in detail and come to a solution easily.


  2. samir Says:

    Dear sir,
    I have purchased a secound hand car fiat palio diesel 2005 model … The car is in pretty bad shape … Their is a fan belt noise while driving ,engine nocking is their while the car is on and in steady position , I had used fiat uno few years back and had used it for a good 5 to 6 years and had enjoyed a lot as I frequently travel between pune and mumbai I made this decision …. Have I made a wrong decision …. After reading so much problems … I am afraid … But only hope … Is from u that I will get the correct and reliable guidance …I am taking my car to garage … Will write to u what he tells…
    Regards samir

  3. vasanth Says:

    Hi Samir,

    Don’t worry we will try to our best to fix your issues also if possible please call me and let me know your issues in detail.


  4. Venkatesh Says:

    My palio (1.9d) Engine oil gets dried for 400 kms what is the problem with engine and it has different sounds bt der is no smoke after the ignition some mechanic say it got repair upto 50000 rs and some say its only a minor head problem im confused please clarify me

  5. Vasanth Says:

    Hi Venkatesh,

    Where are you from please call me if possible, me more detail to understand the issue.


  6. Dr. R. Krishna murthy Says:

    Dear Vasanth

    I own a fiat petra 1.9 D EL variant,2006 model. It is excellent vehicle, but now i am getting a problem as submitted by many, rightly i am following your 3rd solution, there is no problem but sometimes orange light glows and then disappears, i don’t know what the problem is, is it an indication for fueling the car.

    Kindly give solutions.

  7. Sarasan T N Says:

    Dear Vasanth,
    My Petra 1.9 D emits thick white smoke with jerk. Engine Head Cleaned but no result. Mech. advised to replace fuel Injection Pump. It costs Rs.65000/- But no red light is indicated. How can it solve simply? The car had to travel in flooded are recently.
    Thank u for ur valuable advice.


  8. Sarasan T N Says:

    Dear Vasanth,
    My Petra 1.9 D emits thick white smoke with jerk. But no red light is indicated.Engine Head Cleaned but no result. Mech. advised to replace fuel Injection Pump. It costs Rs.65000/- How can it solve simply? The car had to travel in flooded area recently.
    Thank u for ur valuable advice.


  9. Vasanth Says:

    Hi Sarasan,

    Need more detail to think about the solution, if possible call me when you are free, but please try to post the details after you got fixed, so that the other who are facing the same will see you post and get solved by them self.


  10. Stalin Says:

    Dear Vasanth,
    I was planning to buy a fiat palio car for second hand, but after reading lot of complaints I was bit nervous., as this going to be my first experience with cars(any car). So kindly give me your advice whether can I buy it? Does fiat is a good car? If i buy what are the things to check with?
    With regards

  11. chandru Says:

    Im new to fiat
    Im buyed second handled fiat Palio d 1.9
    I have only one problem with starting…
    Its takes many times to start and some times also the battery charge will be down,
    I once checked with mechanic, he told repair the starter
    Is that correct or any methods is there?
    Please replay sir…

  12. Vasanth Says:

    Hi Chandru,

    If the engine is running smooth without any timing issue and the battery is in good condition, then sure the starter will be the problem.

    The battery should be DIN60 or DIN65 for Palio 1.9D, if you use the lower rating battery there also you will face these kind of issue.


  13. chandru Says:

    Hi vasanth
    You’re right im using din60 battery,I checked with mechanic, he told it is good,
    But its charge downs when I try to start the engine 4-5 times
    Also im pulling the car to start when the battery downs, it will be start finely
    Im confused?… replay sir

  14. Vasanth Says:

    Where are you from, possible call me so that you can explain in detail about the starting issue and there is a chance for me to understand the exact issue and give solution.


  15. anne Says:

    Hi vasanth, am facing the same problem with pump..and steering belt am heading to it possible to suggest a nice place to fix it in delhi..??..

  16. mayur Says:

    Hi all! I have a petra D elx. Driven 1,20,000kms. I m very happy with the car. No warning lights no fuel pump issues till date. I wonder how i m spared by fiat that my car and pump are going sooo strong. It still is a head turner and blast to drive. I never feel like upgrading even after seeing modern cars. This car is the best and such car is not made anymore. I LOVE MY PETRA.

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  18. Ajith Says:

    Hai Vasanth,i own palio 1.9 d 2003 and clocked 67000 km .Indeed an excellent car. NO warning , sensor issues till date, but I faced lot of other issues like white smoke , poor morning starting ( solved by multiple pre heating), temperature rise starting issue , high vibration while accelerating (replaced engine mounts),and your valuable advice is really helpful in resolving many issues. now my AC needs refilling in every 3 months. What may be the issue tested the compressor and it is fine I am from Kerala and you may be knowing the condition of our roads


  19. Edwin Thomas Says:

    according to my vision fiat palio 1.9 diesel is really an comfortable one. The starting problem of your car is due to the problem with the ECM relay or fuse(which is assembled very closely to the battery cabin). The only thing to solve this problem is to, please replace that relay and fuse as soon as possible and dont worry that it is not costly……

  20. Dev Says:

    hi vasanth,

    My fiat palio 1.9D runs for few miles & stops. As per the mechanic it is due to sensors & the pump & it needs to be changed. let me know if there is any other better option


  21. Vasanth Says:

    Need more detail about the issue and is there any warning light in the dashboard. How many crank it will take to start.

    Where are you from. Possible call me for more detail.


  22. Vasanth Says:

    Dear Praneel,

    Please remove my Phone number from the blog.


  23. kanwal Says:

    After washing my fiat palio 1.9 d goes for about 30km .then I stopped for about 45 min. Then it doesn’t start and start with thick white smoke and sound from engine and low pick up. After that it is not starting mecanic checked he said may be due to ecm fault,he said pump, crank sensor ok please suggest.

  24. kanwal Says:

    After washing my fiat palio 1.9 d goes for about 30km .then I stopped for about 45 min. Then it doesn’t start and start with thick white smoke and sound from engine and low pick up. After that it is not starting mecanic checked he said may be due to ecm fault,he said pump, crank sensor ok please suggest. I am in chandigarh no scanning here

  25. kanwal Says:

    Pls give me address of some good mecanic in chandigarh and possible problem

  26. utkarsh Says:

    Hello All,
    If anyone could plz tell what to do if there is oil leakage from air filter pipe in Palio 1.9 D.


  27. Nemath Says:

    Hello Vasanth and Others!

    I have a Palio 1.9 D which has a similar problems as reported by you on October 5th, 2011. The vehicle starts and runs but if switched off, I have to wait 20 to 30 minutes for it to start again. I thought it was a battery issue and changed it but no improvement.

    Please let me know how you solved this issue.


  28. Praneel Says:

    Probably it’s a faulty heat sensor. Get it replaced or disconnected until replacement (at your own risk).

  29. Gopinath Says:

    In my fiat palio 1.9D, i am having problem. The next day after using the car, i found that the checking lamp and heater coil is not working. But rest of the indicators like hand brake, engine oil level indicator, battery indicators are glowing. When i cranked its getting cranked. But vehicle is not starting. I checked all the fuses in engine side and fuse panel which is in the steering side. Any ideas and guides in this regard, will be appreciated. Please help me to get service manual and electrical wiring manual. Thanks in advance.

    S. Gopinath (+91 97915 67776, +91 9698 345 222)

  30. Dundaji Says:

    Hi All,

    I have fiat palio 1.9d and the prob I am facing is –

    when I start the engine it auto raises with huge amount of black smoke and stops automatically (it happens every time and the start & stop is with 2-3 seconds)

    plz help me with any possible solutions

  31. Dundaji Says:

    Hi All,

    I have fiat palio 1.9d and the prob I am facing is –

    when I start the engine it auto raises with huge amount of black smoke and stops automatically (it happens every time and the start & stop is with 2-3 seconds)

    plz help me with any possible solutions


  32. veeresh Says:

    i have fiat palio 1.9d and the problem is,
    i have replaced ac compressor and after running the car dynamo belt is breaking(6pk1855)
    please help me with possible solution

  33. vipin.v Says:

    sir, i have a fiat palio 1.9d 2..5 model.the cars engine was automatically off during my brothers wedding day.i leave the car on roadside and evening the car was starting i drive to service center.after that we are facing starting problem.the car starts normally,after 50 seconds engine turnoff automatically.we rebuild the engine using original parts,serviced ECM&Pump,changed battery,thermostat,cooler fans motor…but the problem remains the same.we spend more than 1 lakh during last 4 months.consulted many electricians and pump mechanics..they find out the Crank signal cut off after one minute.we change crank sensor 2 times,please help me to find out the real problem!my contact number is :09497005713

  34. Subin Says:

    Dear Vasanth
    I have also same issue Check engine Light. If you don’t mind Please give your number. I will call you

  35. Vasanth Says:

    Dear Subin,

    Please mail me to


  36. vijay kumar sharma Says:

    what size of aux.belt as alterneter power stearing and
    a/c of my 2004 model palio car.
    please informe me sir.thank you.

  37. Raghunath Says:

    I want to sell my fiat palio 1.9 Elx D
    2004 model .
    In very good & running condition
    All power windows, power steering,
    All new tyres .
    @ Only Rs 50000/-
    Pl contact M: 8554995561
    I want to buy new car.


  38. ramachandran Says:

    sir, i have a fiat palio 1.9d elx and the problem is when AC is on the engine check indicator will glow.there is no light glows without AC.For your information this problem raised only after repaired the AC.When i wish to scan the vehicle the mechanic couldnt find out the OBD jack to check the vehicle.please give me a solution for that and let me know where the OBD jack placed in fiat palio 1.9d
    thank you
    91 9846046790

  39. surya Says:

    Recently I bought a second handed 1.9d palio .it has very poor pick and car has done 130000 kms . please advise what would be the issue. Will it put me any troble but engine noise is smooth.kindly help me

  40. Mallikrjuna Says:

    My fiat palio 1.9 d diesel car morning its takes long self & its once easy to start again morning only starting problem & mileage in city 12 kms and highway 17 kms i am not getting the mileage some body saying in city 15-16 and highway 20-22 why

  41. Selva S Says:

    Hi Vasanth,
    I am facing problem with rear power window the glass is not going down suddenly, with my mechanic we opened the door and disconnected a connector inside and shorted it then the door glass coming down. in case of closing its working as usual. it might be a relay issue not sure which one and where its located. your suggestion would help to find it.
    Selva S

  42. Parvinder Says:

    Hi! Guys,
    I am selling the 1.9 fiat Palio Diesel engine (running condition) along with its ECM.Please contact me @9811263307.I will finsh off this deal by the end of the month.So,Rush and get the deal.


  43. Gopinath Udayakumar Says:

    Hi Friends,
    I have given my Palio 1.9D Nov 2004 to SRV motors in salem before 10 months. (was referred to the mechanic by Denz motors a dealer). Initial problem -> oil getting pumped to the coolant. was informed that engine work has to be done, they made us to wait 3 months that they did not get the gasket and hose.. then said ECM has to be checked. then said there is an electrical fault etc and asked for 50k.
    now all the engine work done, when we went today, they say there is a problem with ECM board and has to be repaired.
    Mechanic says there is an input to the board but not output so car wont start and asking for 15k more to repair.
    Please suggest/advise.
    seems the ECM board will have a code and cannot be unlocked. dont know anything about this.
    Call me@9741111803.

    Gopinath U.

  44. vivekanandan Says:

    HI,vast Ji, HI I have given fiat palio 1.9 diesel I have problems in fule pump my mechanic have ideas to change push type fule pump from tank so I have change them but the problem is presure is relishing relief I have ideas to stop the disel from relief value. I am live in taminadu my mobile number 9750669173

  45. Sudhakar Says:

    I own Palio 1.9D ELX 2005 few days back my alternator belt cut off and timing is changed, so i took to a mechanic and he set pump timing 2 points advance but for the first 5-10 minutes white smoke is coming from engine side and even from silencer and engine is slightly jerking ( no smooth idling) after that every thing is normal please help me out how can this be rectified. 9492939699 my no.

  46. sameer Says:

    I have fiat petra d diseal car…isssur is jab bhi main car start karta hu …self dene ke bawajud bhi start nahi hoti main 4 to 5 times heater deta hu means symbol jo ata hai uske baad car 6 to 7 self ke baad start hoti hai….aur agar car din bhar chali ho toh koi problem nahi hota…if agar meri car maine ek din nahi nikali kahi aur dusre din start karne gaya toh start nahi ho pati….muze kaha gaya heater timer ka problem hai maine heater timer change kiya but problem chalu hai….main kabhi instant start nahi kar pata ..plz aap suggest ki jiyiye ki ye kis cheez ka problem hai…baki ek baar car start ho gayi toh baki kuch problem nahi hai …bas starting me start up ka bhaut problem plz sir give me a solution thanks.

  47. dharmaraj Says:

    Vasant ji
    Can u pls help me to tell about all the sensor in 1.9dle

  48. dharmaraj Says:

    We want to put heater on for sometimes before start the car?

  49. Mani Says:

    Hi sir,

    I have bought 1.9 diesel fiat palio recently.
    Now I am facing issues with crank sensor and ecm board issues.
    Can anyone suggest me where it can be get rectified?
    I am from tirupur at Tamil nadu.
    My number is 9095923582.

  50. Aakash Giri Says:

    sir…my palio. 1.9lit diesel engine giving m starting problm,means when I start engine first I give 2 to.3 times heater…then when I gona start engine, dat engine indicator does not go…when I ON OFF engine 2 to 3 times,den that indicator goes.
    plz give m.solution so that I cnt get that problm solve in low price or some useful techniques..
    plzzz sir

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