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MiTo SBK rear wiper & Start Stop NOT working..

Hi all. Alfa MiTo SBK 2013, arrived from UK a few days ago. The rear screen wiper and the Start/Stop function do not work. I read here that it could be related to low battery voltage (the car took 3 weeks to arrive in a ship plus a week or so at the shipping company) so I fully charged the battery using a Ctek charger. Nothing changed; Any ideas?
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The start stop function could be related to the battery being low on charge or the sense circuit having a malfunction
You can test the sense circuit by the following means
  1. Take a drive in the car to get the engine up to operating temperature
  2. By stand still set the car in first gear
  3. Stall the engine by releasing the clutch without giving any throttle
  4. If the car starts automatically again when you press the clutch pedal down, the sense circuit is fully functional
Regarding the none working rear screen wiper then it could be one of the following causes
  1. Wire broken in the rubber tube from chassis to hatch (repair kits are available)
  2. Wiper motor broken
  3. Body computer failure (expensive repair as you need a new body computer, an second hand one will not work as the body computer is paired to the car)
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If the battery has discharged a couple of times and been very low on volts, it may not ever recover. You may need a new battery. The "stop/start" ones seem to be more susceptible to this.

You may need to run some checks with a multimeter to see what the voltage is at different states to get an idea of the battery condition.

But a good long drive might get it back up to full charge .. and a good excuse to try the car out!


I don't had a stop/start (personally don't rate them) but can you disable it on the car's menu system? Some may have already!
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The start stop function could be related to the battery being low on charge or the sense circuit having a malfunction
You can test the sense circuit by the following means
  1. Take a drive in the car to get the engine up to operating temperature
  2. By stand still set the car in first gear
  3. Stall the engine by releasing the clutch without giving any throttle
  4. If the car starts automatically again when you press the clutch pedal down, the sense circuit is fully functional
Regarding the none working rear screen wiper then it could be one of the following causes
  1. Wire broken in the rubber tube from chassis to hatch (repair kits are available)
  2. Wiper motor broken
  3. Body computer failure (expensive repair as you need a new body computer, an second hand one will not work as the body computer is paired to the car)
Thank you very much, will look into it.
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If the battery has discharged a couple of times and been very low on volts, it may not ever recover. You may need a new battery. The "stop/start" ones seem to be more susceptible to this.

You may need to run some checks with a multimeter to see what the voltage is at different states to get an idea of the battery condition.

But a good long drive might get it back up to full charge .. and a good excuse to try the car out!


I don't had a stop/start (personally don't rate them) but can you disable it on the car's menu system? Some may have already!
I think you can disable stop start although I think it enables once you switch the car off and on again, I may be wrong here but fairly sure.
Useful to know these things are often battery related, narrows it down a bit
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On some later versions you can turn it off all the time i think. Rear wiper and other tailgate related problems are usually caused by a fault in the wiring loom where it flexes between the body and the hatch.
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