Gone are the times of the classics, it seems. Classic movies and music that defined the times are succeeded up by cheap imitations for the I-want-it-now generation. Luckily, there's one classic that still sticks around: the Fiat 850. This vehicle is one of the many subcompact rides made Fiat, which is highly regarded for the fuel economy and stylish simplicity of its vehicles. And most of its motor vehicles, including the 850, are testaments to the idiomatic expression, "big things come in small packages".
Indeed, the 850 may not be the most intimidating ride, but it sure gets you from point A to B as conveniently as possible. This small longitudinal-rear-engined rear wheel drive vehicle was released from 1964 to 1973. Its large headlights and short tail gave it that distinct look, and its size and handling made it easy to park and maneuver. The 850 is ideal for city driving and has earned the love and loyalty of its users. This ride has always been a reliable one, but one mustn't be surprised if it needs some replacement parts every now and again. Given your ride's age, you particularly want to watch out for worn safety features like headlights and brakes. Should your lighting fixtures or wires malfunction, they could leave you blind on a dark roadway. And in case your brakes are slowly giving in, then you're ability to avoid accidents will be seriously compromised. That's why you should replace any substandard components with brand-new Fiat 850 parts.
Just because your ride has some years behind it, that doesn't mean it doesn't deserve the best. Replacement Fiat components are sure to breathe new life into your aging vehicle and bring it back to fighting form. Plus, thanks to their OEM specs, they'll provide you with a seamless product fit and problem-free installation. So keep your classic ride in tip-top shape with some new Fiat 850 parts as ASAP.
The headlights of my Fiat 850 are very dim, so I bought and installed a new set. But the result is the same. What problem in the electrical system should I look in to?
One of the causes why your headlights are not giving off enough light is dirt. Have you checked the lenses if they are already hazy? A little cleaning agent, some water, and a good deal of effort are all you need to bring back those bright lights. In case your lights are clean or you just did the cleaning but the result remains the same, your vehicle may already be running with a low-charged or defective battery. Recharge or replace the battery.
To confirm a low battery, use a battery hydrometer to read the charge. You have to check the reading of all six cells in order to make comparisons, and be able to determine if the battery will still work after recharging or if replacement is necessary. If readings of all cells are closer than .050, you may simply need a trickle charger. Another way to have it recharged is to drive your car at highway speeds. If it doesn't charge, the problem could be a defective charging system. On the other hand, replacement is the sole solution if any two of the cells differ by more than .050.
I even took my Fiat 850 to a highway just to have my battery recharged, but it easily ran out of charge again. Tell me what is causing this problem.
Your alternator and the rest of the charging system are working perfectly fine if you are able to fully recharge your battery through highway speed driving. What you said about having to drive your car to a highway just to allow recharging is a hint about the real cause of the problem. You could be draining your battery with too much stop-and-go driving. That alone, may not be the only culprit. Climate also affects the battery. If the temperature in your location has dropped in as low as the freezing point, charge will be lost more easily. Low water level and inappropriate acid-water solution can also cause low charging. For this, you have to add distilled water into the battery cells. However, don't do it in freezing weather when you have no plans of running your vehicle because the acid will freeze and the battery will get damaged.
The last time that my Fiat 850 gave me hard startup is due to dirty battery. I'm not letting that happen again. So how do I clean the battery of my vehicle correctly?
A good rule of thumb in cleaning the battery is that the metal parts of the battery and of the terminals are shiny. You may need to clean the posts and the clamps with a wire battery brush, steel wool, or a sandpaper to remove rust, and achieve the shine. Coating these metal parts with corrosion resistant paint and applying rust-preventive lubricant will delay future corrosion. Wipe clean the battery itself along with the tray where it sits.