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Old 27-05-2004   #1
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banging noise where steering hard left/right

Have read of similar problems on the forum but not sure if they are the same as mine. I own an N reg Fiat punto 55s and was wondering if anyone knew what is the cause of my problem. When manouvering the car at slow speeds, turning hard to the left/right there is what I can only describe as a loud banging/clicking type noise which seems to be coming from the steering system. It makes this noise a number of times whilst carrying out a manouvre, sometimes as many as 10 loud "clicks" are heard. It is apparantly louder outside the car than in. A friend said it may well be a problem with the suspension not the steering but its not totally clear where the noise is coming from. Any ideas on what it could be would be muchly appreciated. Thanks
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hmmm i had a something that sounds simalr on my mk2 2001 punto. i never heard a npise when moving at speed but when manouvering in and out of spaces i would here a click/knock noise as i turned the wheel. in my case it was the steering shaft assembly that needed replacing

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could be your CV joint/s.does this happen with the steering at full lock?

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Yes it happens with the steering at full lock and only occurs when going at slow speeds i.e when manouvering
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I'm pretty sure that my problem is the same as yours fishdude, it is more of a knock/click noise than a bang/click noise, your description totally matches my problem. Roughly how much should the repair cost? Thanks
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not really up on garage costs im afraid as i do most of the stuff myself.phone around and get some quotes although its most likely not going to be cheap im afraid,but if its just the outer CV then you can just have the joint replaced rather than the full driveshaft

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well here is the bad news for my 2001 mk2 punto teh repair was 550:( but i had warranty so dint pay lol:D. may be cheaper on a mk1 and prob best not to go to fiat for the work, i only went there as i had warranty

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Ok cheers for the help, I'll ask around for prices.
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Most likely the CV joints, best bet is to buy a new or recon joint/driveshaft and fit yourself, not that hard a job but garages sting you for it. Haynes manual tells you how :)


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