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Old 24-10-2016   #16
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Quote Originally Posted by KaiserPingo View Post
Does anybody have a photo of a mk2, without front bumper and bonnet ?

Yes. But more bent than yours..

80 kph into a stationary vehicle..
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Quote Originally Posted by varesecrazy View Post
Yes. But more bent than yours..

80 kph into a stationary vehicle..
Sounds like a really bad experience

I would prefer a photo, without much damage...
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Re: A grey and hopefully colorful daily driver Punto

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Sounds like a really bad experience

I would prefer a photo, without much damage...




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Re: A grey and hopefully colorful daily driver Punto

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Great, just what I needed. A photo of the cross member that on my Punto, has a deep bend in the middle.
Thanks !
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Re: A grey and hopefully colorful daily driver Punto

Apart from wrecking my little Punto, it all of a sudden startet producing a very high pitch squeaking sound.
Almost like if I had a person playing a note on a wineglass (checked in the boot, there was no one there :-D).
Only at complete standstill it was silent.
The slightest movement, in gear, out of gear, clutch in or out, different loads..., the sound was there.

Immediately I feared it to be something expensive.

Jacked the car up in front first (the most expensive end of the car :-D ) in order to find the source of the sound.
Turned the wheel and listened.
Nothing but a light "whiiiish" from the brakepads.
Everything OK in front and all my fear about driveshafts, joint and so on disappeared.
Jacked the rear up.
Just a slight turn of the wheel and the high pitch "squeeeak" was there.
Removed wheel and breakdrum.
Shoes really, really worn .
When I sligtly rotated the wheel, the sound came from behind the brakeshoes (?).
Turns out it was i little spring from the handbrakesystem, that was in contact with the ABS ring, and made the spring produce that annoying sound.
Cleaned it all up, adjusted a little and greased the little spring.
No contact any more and no sound :-)
Have to wait 12 days to fit new brakepads.

When I bought the car, I was promised the brakes all around had been renewed (pads and shoes).
Clearly a lie
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Re: A grey and hopefully colorful daily driver Punto

they were renewed 16 years ago in fiat
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Re: A grey and hopefully colorful daily driver Punto

Most likely
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Re: A grey and hopefully colorful daily driver Punto

Time for som brake work.



Rear brakes.
Its easy work, but it turnes out that both adjuster mechanisms are worn, really worn and one of them is faulty.
Cannot get them as separate items, so will have to get a complete repairset.

Ending up having extra brakeparts is not a problem.
And it's not that a complete repairset is expensive.
Problem is, I'm presently having a negative amount of money on my bank-account (yes, the next 14 days will be less than funny to come through), and it's not until the weekend 3-4 of December, that I have the time or money for anything.
Just have to wait, but it's getting darker and colder

BTW: The handbrake mechanism, the click-click-click-click thingy between the front seats (I dont know the English term..., sorry), can it be worn ???
It's often difficult to get it to lock.
Even with cars three times the mileage of the Greycinante (the car needs a name), I've never had the clicking-mechanism of the handbrake not functioning and holding the handle in place
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Re: A grey and hopefully colorful daily driver Punto

Quote Originally Posted by KaiserPingo View Post

BTW: The handbrake mechanism, the click-click-click-click thingy between the front seats (I dont know the English term..., sorry), can it be worn ???
It's often difficult to get it to lock.
Even with cars three times the mileage of the Greycinante (the car needs a name), I've never had the clicking-mechanism of the handbrake not functioning and holding the handle in place
we normally term it Handbrake LEVER ,
the click-click is a ratchet ( english term for a toothed gear mechanism)

try this,
slowly lift the lever does it positively CLICK at each stage (detent)

should have @7 clicks IIRC,

During the UK MOT test (inspections) the tester is to hit / knock the lever around to see if it releases / disengages.

so YES it can have significant wear.. I've not had the issue though..,
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Re: A grey and hopefully colorful daily driver Punto

Some people push the button before pulling the handbrake on, some don't. That probably contributes to wear in the long run.
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Re: A grey and hopefully colorful daily driver Punto

Ratchet it is !!!
Thank's
In general, there is not that mutch clicking-sound when slowly pulling the handbrake lever (not pressing the release knob).
Its like if you imaging a soft-clicking sound.
It takes 5 clicks to top.
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Re: A grey and hopefully colorful daily driver Punto

It's really been a long time, since I postet anything.

It's been winther, so not inviting to climb around under the car, but even so the internals of both rear drumbrakes are renewed and the windscreen wiperlinkage's been fixed.

Tried to fix the clutch, but had to give up.
Some bolts where impossible to get of by hand, and a couple of them had very damaged threads..., and bend.
Thats what happens, when a garage uses airtools and only max-torque !!!
a friendly garage promised to help me at a reduced prize.
Thanks to Engstrøm Biler in Glostrup, Denmark.
I fully recommend them. Quick, helpful, friendly, cheap and good to understand what a client wants.
Now the clutch works without me having to use both legs to depress it
And I can start uphill without the smell from a tortured, slipping clutch, and acceleration is actually possible

Then I've given it new sparkplugs, leads and a new coil-unit.

Wonderfull difference now !

Milage has gone from good, to perfect and the engine revs much smoother and responds quicker.

AND (!!!) tomorrow I'm gonna get a new frontbumper, bonnet and a new left wing.
Well, used-new from a scrapyard, that is.

Then the car can end up looking fine again

It's not that it's showroom-quality.
It doesnt have to be. I dont want it to be.
But not having it look like its an old wreck, driven by a hazardeous clown, is nice.
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Re: A grey and hopefully colorful daily driver Punto

Long time, since last update !

In general, the Punto has been doing ok.
Main concern being the two front headlamps. They need replacement, since I rammed up the back of a Hyundai
Before the MOT, due later this year, the fix-it-list is a little rust in the floorpan in the right hand side, about 10 x 20 cm.
Then both outside driveshaft joint are a bit noisy in sharp/speedy turns.
Left front fender is rusted through.

That was about all it had to be.
Until it developped an injector problem, that has given me a headgasket issue.
And changing the headgasket, I have to do the belt and the waterpump also (it IS time), and there might be a cat-problem as well.

All in all, problems are piling up, and the cost as well.

Think I might look for a replacement car instead...
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Re: A grey and hopefully colorful daily driver Punto

No!

The Punto has not been doing ok !
The headgasket's blown and an injector refuses to work.

The "To Do" list has grown longer.
That I chrashed the car did nothing good to it.
It needed :
Two headlights.
New left front fender.
New front bumper.
Rustwork under front passenger side (RIGHT side :-) )
New brake drums at rear.
New disks and pads at front.
New universal joints.
New tires.

And MOT waiting in 6 month time.

So...

Having gone past 300000 km, it has done a good job, living a hard life.

I startet looking for a replacement car.
Wanted it cheap, because I have a special year 2020-plan.
Wanted a Panda at first.
But then a Punto showed up.
A 1.2, exactely the same colour !!!
With a tow-bar, that I really missed.

Went to look at it.
It looked allright (winter darknes !).
Low'ish milage (rare for old cars in Denmark).
No real rust, as far as I could see.
Headlamps working perfect :-D
No crash-damages.
Gearbox shifting well.
No clutch problems.
Almost new tires !!!
No stranges noices from body, suspension, brakes or joints.
Interior in good condition (but a smokers car ( ).
MOT from january 2018

Traded the old Punto in, at once !
Drove of, somewhat happy.

There are a few issues.
Biggest: It's only a 60hp, 8v version !
I hate those lazy, underpowered mashines !!!
The heater resistor is dead (as I've had 3(!) times with the alfa's and Fiats).
The coolant thermostat is dead (as I've had 3(!) times with the alfa's and Fiats).
Both are very easy job's.

So far nobody actually has discovered, that I changed the Punto
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