We know how much you love your FIAT 500®, which is why you take such good care of it. You have your tires rotated every 5,000 miles, and you get an oil change every 3,000. But before you cross off the last item on your checklist, whether you’re tuning up your FIAT 500 Abarth or 500c, we want to help you make sure you’re really doing everything you can to ensure a smooth ride.
There are simple things FIAT vehicle owners can do on a regular basis in order to keep their vehicle in top condition. Check out this mileage check-up guide to see how you can improve the lifespan of your FIAT 500!
Every 20,000 – 30,000 miles
Engine Air Filter: The exact timeframe on when to replace the internal combustion air filters in your vehicle depends on where you spend most of your time driving. If you often drive through areas where the air is filled with larger dust and dirt particles, these air filters might need to be replaced more often.
Automatic Transmission Fluid: The automatic transmission fluid works to keep parts of the transmission cool and running smoothly. It’s recommended you change your transmission fluid at least once every 20,000 to 30,000 miles to prevent any damage.
Cabin Air Filters: The cabin air filter affects the vehicle’s heating and cooling systems while preventing particles from entering the cabin. It is recommended the cabin air filter be changed every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. It may be changed up to twice each year for maximum benefits.
Every 30,000+ miles
Crankcase Filter: The crankcase filter, also known as the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) filter, ensures that the fumes used by the engine are pollutant-free. If the filter is not working properly, the fumes in the engine can become contaminated, causing the vehicle to run inefficiently. The filter should be changed at least every 30,000 miles, but it can be changed once each year as a precautionary measure.
Fuel Filter: The fuel filter prevents contaminants from entering the fuel system. If the fuel filter is not working properly, fuel flow may become restricted. This may cause your vehicle to stall or start hard. The fuel filter should be checked at least every 30,000 miles or once each year.
Spark Plugs: The spark plugs, as the name implies, provide your vehicle with the spark that gets your engine started. Because spark plugs are such a vital component in your vehicle, it is recommended they be replaced every 30,000 miles.
Spark Plug Wires: Like the spark plugs, the spark plug wires undergo a lot of use. The wires carry the charge from your vehicle’s distributor to the spark plugs. It is recommended the spark plug wires be tested before being replaced. They should be checked regularly with the spark plugs every 30,000 miles and replaced as necessary.
Extra Checks to Keep in Mind
Distributor Cap: The distributor cap is the component that directs high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plugs. You should keep an eye on your vehicle’s distributor cap for signs of damage, particularly as your vehicle ages. It should be replaced immediately if you notice signs of excess dirt, fire damage, or cracks and breakage.
Brakes: It is recommended that your brakes be checked every 20,000 miles and repaired as necessary. If the brakes are making unusual sounds or are not responding as normal, this could be a sign they need a tune-up. If the brake pads are less than ¼ inch thick, it is time to replace them.
As you take your FIAT 500 in for its regular tune-ups, be sure to remember these necessary checks to keep your car running as smooth as the day you first bought it. And as always, please consult your owner’s manual for vehicle-specific recommendations or contact your local Studio to speak with our certified technicians.
What other checks or replacements do you do to make sure your FIAT 500 is always ready to hit the road? Tell us in the comments below!