Jerry Dork
7/4/14 7:08 a.m.

Coming home from my mom's yesterday, I dropped into 3rd to get around a slow moving minivan merging onto the highway, shortly after I got a check engine light in the Abarth. Torque says it was P1CEA and a Google search found this on a forum:

"There is a new Tech Bulletin out for 2013 Abarths with the P1CEA code. This time it is a reflash that fixes the light. Read below:

2013 Fiat 500 Abarth TSB 18-028-13

SUBJECT: Flash: MIL Illumination P1CEA- Boost Side Evap Purge System Performance

OVERVIEW: This bulletin involves selectively erasing and reprogramming the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) with new software.

MODELS: 2013 (FF) Fiat 500/Abarth (Hatchback only)

NOTE: This bulletin applies to vehicles equipped with a 1.4L engine (sales code EAF) built on or before February 14, 2013 (MDH 0214XX).

SYMPTOM/CONDITION: A small number of customers may experience a Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) illumination. Upon further investigation the Technician may find that the following Diagnostic Trouble Code has been set: · P1CEA- Boost Side Evap Purge System Performance

Updating the PCM software will correct the condition listed above. "

But checking under the hood to see if I popped a fitting or something simple I noticed this fitting seemed loose. I pulled it off for a better photo:

It plugs into the black fitting directly below it. I thought I remembered unclipping it to remove from the stock unit & put into the new CAI. But the tab was bent slightly and I couldn't make it unclip, and no amount of force got it to stay on the black fitting. I have a Tuesday appointment for the CEL, is this related or something of a bonus problem?

DrBoost UltimaDork
7/4/14 7:58 a.m.

Is the male part of the fitting inserted too far into the CAI? If you don't get enough engagement the white clip in the female quick disconnect won't latch.

logdog Dork
7/4/14 11:36 a.m.
DrBoost wrote: Is the male part of the fitting inserted too far?


motomoron SuperDork
7/4/14 12:11 p.m.

I'll offer if that had been comnnected to something and now isn't, that's the first place I'd look. Did it formerly connect to something on the original intake piping?

GameboyRMH MegaDork
7/4/14 12:17 p.m.

Thread from the future: "Stupid special red hose on 500 Abarth failed, anyone rigged a replacement?"

They'll probably nickname it the "DIY artery."

Jerry Dork
7/4/14 3:34 p.m.

In reply to motomoron:

It did connect to a fitting on the original intake, like the small vacuum line slightly lower. When I got home I tried wiggling all the assorted connections I remember changing while replacing intakes, and that one was definitely loose, but I can't remember how snug that originally was. I'm thinking I might try a hose clamp to hold it in place for the few days until I can take it in.

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