My Fiat Tipo 1.4 i.e. (1992) about 4 weeks ago suddenly developed an
annoying problem. When cold, like in the morning, it is almost
impossible to start. It takes 5-10 minutes before I finally get it
running, and if not for the battery's good condition it would be
impossible. However, when warm it runs like a dream.
I can best describe it as trying to start a cold engine without pulling
the choker. Darned difficult, but if you do get it started it will run
smoothly as soon as the engine is warm enough. This is how it feels, but
of cause, it being an i.e. injection model it has no choker.
The engine does not need to be red hot to start willingly. Up to about 2
hours after stopping, it starts relatively easy. The it goes bad, really
The Haynes repair manual unfortunately only covers up to the 1991 model,
so the injection system is not covered. In the carburettor models there
is a PTC controlled inlet manifold heater system which, if defective,
probably could cause a problems as described. Does a similar system
exist on the injection models and if so, can I check the function?
I would appreciate any hints or comments that would help my fixing this
problem. Just to make things clear, I have already spent $150 getting it
fixed on a workshop - they changed the spark plugs and cleaned the
distributor, but they did certainly not fix the problem. Furthermore,
they forgot to mount the air cleaner hose and talked rubbish about the
choker even when there isn't any, so I don't trust them.
Hopefully someone here can give me a clue :-)
Thanks so much in advance,