Punto Electrics Problem?

Ive had power steering problems for some time, where the power steering cuts out intermittently. I took it into the Fiat garage who could not find what the problem was and suggested I waited until it
went totally.
This morning driving the car the electrics went crazy. The dash lights kept going on and off, the radio was doing the same. I pulled over and turned the engine off. When I attempted to turn the engine back on, the dash lights lit, but the car wouldnt even turn over. The radio, fan, windows are all working, but nothing at all from the ignition.
Any ideas appreciated (before the Fiat dealers fleece me again).
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Sounds like a grounding problem. Check if the engine has grounding (-) to the chassis.
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Fiat are prone to ground problems check for tightness and clean all ground points

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With the electric power steering motor being behind the dashboard I would suggest that it is a grounding problem as well, but probably behind the dashboard. An auto-electrician would be a better bet than most Fiat garages.
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I would agree it could well be a grounding problem. However, my Punto had an occasional problem with ignition and radio, which was eventually cured by going to those four nice big fuses next to the battery, and lifting them up and re seating them in their sockets a few times. Worth a try, its free!
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I have had a similar problem this morning with my punto. I could not turn off the back windoscreen wiper or the front lights even when i turned off the ignition and took the keys out. When the ignition was turned on the front windoscreen wipers and the air wouldnt work and the front lights were not very strong and an orangy colour. I have a problem with my exhaust and called into a garage this morning and they said that there is two holes in the exhaust. I asked them about the above issues and they dont do electrics. Would i be better off going to another garage to get both fixed at the same time? They quoted my 150 to fix the exhaust but werent very helpful when it came to the electrics problems.
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cathiec schreef op 27-10-2004 :

Perhaps you better go to an electronics specialist for the electrical problem(s).
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