This section covers the dashboard warning light symbols of the popular Fiat Punto.
The engine management lights or fault lamps as they’re also referred to may vary slightly depending on the age of your Fiat Punto and the location that is was manufactured.
Each warning light symbol details an explanation of its meaning along with a manufacturer’s recommended action to be taken.
Usually the colour of the symbol reflects the severity of the problem. Red flashing symbols will often require immediate attention where damage to the vehicle may occur if driven, or possible danger to passengers.
The dash symbols may differentiate slightly from your model of Punto depending on the year of manufacture and the country where it was manufactured.
Fiat Punto Gearbox Fault warning light
This warning light illuminates when a fault is detected on the semi-automatic transmission versions of the Speedgear or Dualogic models of the Fiat Punto.
Low brake fluid or handbrake engaged warning light
This exclamation mark dashboard warning light will illuminate in red on the Fiat Punto if the brake fluid level is low. Excessively low brake fluid levels can have a detrimental affect on the cars ability to brake. Replenish brake fluid to the correct levels. This warning symbol will also illuminate in red when the handbrake is applied. If driving whilst the handbrake is applied, an audible warning will also sound.
Airbag or Pretensioners System Fault WARNING LIGHT
When the car is started, this symbol should illuminate in red and should go out after a few seconds. If the light remains on or comes on whilst driving, this signifies a fault in the airbag or pretensioner systems. Pretensioner or airbags may not be deployed in an accident. Contact Fiat authorised dealers immediately. For further information about airbags and possible faults, see why is the airbag light on?
AIRBAG FAULT DASHBOARD WARNING LIGHT
This warning light illuminated in amber on the dashboard to signify that the front airbags have been deactivated. With the ignition key turned to MAR, for the airbag to be enabled, symbol should illuminate for 4 seconds, followed by flashing for another 4 seconds. If this warning light continuously flashes, it indicates a failure of the airbag or pretensioners warning light above. The airbag and pretensioners system fault light (above) may not illuminate to signify a fault. Contact a Fiat dealership immediately if this light continuously flashes after 4 seconds.
Overheated Engine Coolant DASHBOARD WARNING LIGHT
This dashboard symbol should illuminate in red when the ignition switch is turned to MAR and extinguish shortly after. If the symbol illuminates whilst driving, this indicated an overheating engine. Vehicle must be stopped immediately as an overheating engine can seize. Turn off engine and wait a few minutes for engine to cool. Check coolant level is not below the minimum mark. If it is, slowly remove the reservoir cap and replenish coolant. If the symbol illuminates on again after this, stop, turn off the engine and contact a Fiat dealership. See what is engine coolant and how to check engine coolant for further details.
Low Fuel Level DASHBOARD WARNING LIGHT
This dashboard symbol will initially illuminate when the car ignition is turned to MAR and once the engine has started will extinguish. Unlike the red symbol above indicating an overheating engine, this symbol illuminates amber to indicate that there’s only 7 litres of fuel remaining in the tank. The light will flash to indicate system failure.
Low Battery Charge DASHBOARD WARNING LIGHT
This warning light illuminates in red when the engine has started and should extinguish soon after. If the low battery charge warning symbol illuminates in red either permanently or intermittently, engine starting problems are likely to occur. An authorised Fiat dealership should be contacted immediately. See Why is the battery warning light on for further help.
LOW Engine Oil Pressure DASHBOARD WARNING LIGHT
This dashboard symbol should illuminate in red when starting the car and shortly after turn off. If the symbol remains on or illuminates whilst driving, this signifies low engine oil pressure. Low engine oil pressure can cause damage to the engine. Stop the car and turn off the engine immediately and contact a Fiat dealership. For Multijet versions with DPF, the warning symbol will flash and display a specific message. This is to signify that the oil needs changing and the flashing oil symbol does not mean the engine has a defect.
LOW ENGINE OIL Level DASHBOARD WARNING LIGHT
The low engine oil level warning light will illuminate in red when starting the engine and should shortly turn off once started. If warning light remains illuminated or illuminates whilst driving, this indicates that the engine oil levels are below the minimum safe level. Continual driving with low engine oil levels can cause damage to the engine. Check oil level and replenish as soon as possible. See how to check engine oil for a complete in-depth guide on checking your car’s engine oil and topping up.
Fiat Punto ABS Anti-lock Brakes Fault Warning Light
The anti-lock brakes, or ABS symbol will illuminate in amber when the ignition is turned on, and shortly after turn off. If the symbol remains on or illuminates whilst driving, this signifies a failure with ABS. Normal brakes will be unaffected during normal driving conditions. Drive carefully to an authorised Fiat dealership to have the issue rectified. See the Anti-Lock Braking System guide for understanding what ABS is and how it works.
EBD FAULT Dashboard WARNING LIGHT
When these dashboard fault lights illuminate together, (red and amber), it signifies a fault with the Electronic Brakeforce Distribution system (EBD). Under normal driving conditions, brakes will work as normal. EBD only becomes effective under heavy braking loads and with the system deactivated may cause locking of the rear wheels under violent braking. Drive carefully to a Fiat dealership to have the issue rectified.
Power Steering Failure DASHBOARD WARNING LIGHT
Steering wheel symbol will briefly illuminate in red when engine has started and shortly go out. If the warning lamp stays on or comes on during driving, ‘Dualdrive’ electronic power steering has malfunctioned. The vehicle is still safe to dive though you will not have assisted steering. Steering may be harder whilst driving slowly. Contact a Fiat dealership soon.
Injection System Fault DASHBOARD WARNING LIGHT
Starting the car should see this symbol illuminate in amber briefly and extinguish. If the symbol illuminates whilst driving or does not go out after starting on Multijet versions, this signifies a fault with the injection system. Vehicle can be driven at a moderate speed, though a loss of performance, poor handling and high fuel consumption may be experienced. Take your vehicle to a Fiat dealership as soon as possible, do not push the engine excessively. On EOBD petrol versions, if the symbol flashes, this may indicate damage to the catalytic converter.
Exterior Lights FAULT WARNING LIGHT
This warning light illuminates in amber when a failure is detected on one of the following: Brake Lights, Rear Fog Lights, Indicators / Signals, Number Plate Lights, Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and Sidelights. The failure may be related to one or more blown bulbs, a protection fuse that’s blown or a faulty electrical circuit.
Car Protection System FAULT WARNING LIGHT
This car with a lock (Key Code Light) symbol will light up in amber with a message displayed on some Punto versions. This signifies a failure in the engine immobiliser system (Fiat Code System), or if installed on your Punto model, the system alarm will be disabled. An authorised Fiat dealership will need to be contacted to reset the anti-theft system.
Generic Warning SYSTEM FAULT LIGHT
This triangle containing an exclamation mark represents a generic fault that illuminates in amber. this warning light illuminates if: there’s an engine oil pressure sensor fault, there’s a fault with the start/stop system, exterior lighting fault or the fuel cut-off switch has been tripped. On certain models of Punto, a fault code may also be displayed.
DPF Particulate Filter Cleaning LIGHT
This system is only relevant to Multijet versions with DPF. The symbol lights up in amber when the engine is switched on and goes out shortly after. If the symbol illuminates constantly, it is to inform the driver that cleaning is in progress. Once cleaning has been completed, the light will go out. This process usually takes around 15 minutes. For optimum cleaning, keep the car in motion up to 60 km/h, with an engine speed higher than 2000 rpm. This light does not signify a defect.
ESP System Fault Dashboard LIGHT
The ESP, or Electronic Stability Programme fault lamp should illuminate amber when the engine is turned on and shortly be extinguished. If the light does not go off or illuminates whilst driving, this indicates a fault in the system. The ESP system monitors the stability of the vehicle by applying per-wheel braking and engine power to ensure a safer, smoother driver.
Hill Holder FAULT DASHBOARD Warning LIGHT
The Hill Holder dash light illuminates in amber when the engine is initially switched on and should go out after a few seconds. This symbol illuminates, or the ESP System Fault light illuminates in alternative versions of the Fiat Punto to indicate a problem with the system. If illuminated, the Hill Holder System may be unavailable and your car may not be secure from rolling downhill during a hill start. A Fiat technician will need to be contacted.
Water in Diesel DASHBOARD WARNING LIGHT
System light should go out shortly after engine has started. If the light remains on or comes on during travel, this suggests water may be in the fuel circuit. Water in the fuel circuit may cause high level of damage to the injection system. A Fiat technician must be contacted as soon as possible to have the system bled.
Low Tyre Pressure WARNING LIGHT
The Fiat Punto has been around in the UK since 1994, well before tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) were used. If you have a later model, the low tyre pressure symbol may illuminate on the dashboard in yellow to warn that one or more tyres is has deflated. Check tyres as soon as possible. If you have checked pressure and the light remains on, see tyre pressure warning light keeps coming on for further information.