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Grande Punto Power Steering Column Replacement
Steering noise, vibration or judder & occasional loss of power steering
troy_paris
23-02-2014
<b><font size="5">Steering noise, vibration or judder &amp; occasional loss of power steering. Diagnosis from a dealer is that the power steering column needs replacing. Quoted 600 from the dealer to fix it. <img src="images/smilies/eek.gif" border="0" alt="" title="" class="inlineimg" /> Read on
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Re: Grande Punto Power Steering Column Replacement

I need to do one but it on the Evo. Would it be pretty much the same?

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Re: Grande Punto Power Steering Column Replacement

I have just completed a PS motor and ECU change on a 2006 Grande Punto.
I just wanted to thank all who posted here for this invaluable thread.

I bought the said Punto about 6 weeks ago and was devastated when Fiat told me the horrible vibration it suddenly started making every time it turned right was down to faulty sensors in the steering column PS motor and it would all have to be replaced at a cost of 1400.....


After picking myself up off the floor I decided to see if I could find parts any cheaper which led me to this forum and specifically this post. I read and re-read the thread and decided to see if my (very) local fiat scrapyard might possibly have a replacement motor. A very helpful chap at DS motors in wickford Essex said "yes he had a motor and it would be 65. "


Long story shortened....after toing and froing to the local car spares shop for the tools I didn't have ( I am in no way a mechanic - actually a Mac operaor in the print trade and much more at home with computers). I got stuck in using the all in one lump method suggested by andyBM3's.

Once all the plastics are removed it is literally 5 bolts to undo.
2 that hold steering wheel and control stalks to steering column.

2 that hold the PS motor in place
1 that attaches steering column to steering rack.


I found it a bit fiddly getting the bolts back in that secure the PS motor
And the electrical clip with the yellow release latch foxed me for a while, you have to prize the top bit of the yellow button up with a flat head screwdriver and then squeeze the remaining yellow bit to release it.

I was also worried that a scrap PS motor would need calibrating in some way but it is working perfectly and feels so much better.

All in all it took me about 4 hours to do and I wouldn't have considered trying it without this post. So that is 1335 pounds saved thanks to you guys.
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Good Guide, OK, but, why whole unit swap?

Most common problem is the sensor itself in Grande (in Punto2 was sensor + some relays).
https://www.google.com/search?tbm=is...t+punto+sensor

It can be replaced way more cheaper than entire, complete power steering unit.
Downside is the calibration procedure (tricky).
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Last edited by GrandePunto PL; 03-03-2019 at 17:25. Reason: YOU CAN REPLACE SENSOR ONLY!
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Re: Grande Punto Power Steering Column Replacement

Quote Originally Posted by GrandePunto PL View Post
Good Guide, OK, but, why whole unit swap?

Most common problem is the sensor itself in Grande (in Punto2 was sensor + some relays).


It can be replaced way more cheaper than entire, complete power steering unit.
Downside is the calibration procedure (tricky).
The link you provided points to sensors that cost 100-150 and how do you know you got the right one? Then you have to strip the motor down and rebuild it. For us non-mechanics thats a daunting prospect. Then its got to be calibrated. Do you need a special tool for that?

Don't think andyBM3's method can be beaten for ease and economy.


I replaced my faulty PS motor with a scrap one for 65 and it is working perfectly and will hopefully continue to do so. I have also just received an offer of 25 from one of the reconditioning companies for my faulty motor.

So 40 to do a repair that Fiat wanted to charge me 1400 for. Just keeps getting better.
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Re: Grande Punto Power Steering Column Replacement

This lost helped me too but fornmy case it was a bit different...

On my 2009 bravo tjet 150 the steering wheel is not the shown above one it is the one that you have to put the screwdriver straight up from the hole.

Now i did not know that so eager me poking around said holes for a good 2 hours...

Now after this i lost my **** grabbed my knife and literally cut the side of that goddam wheel... Than i seen what the takeoff method is and took me 2 minutes... But my new wheel i have refurbished needs differnt airbag so now im waiting for that....

I could bloody scream as i wanted to refurb the old wheel too and sell it. Cant do it now.
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