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Old 29-07-2008   #1
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Unhappy Punto in garage tomorrow for power steering...

Hello,

Well my Punto is in the garage tomorrow to sort out the power steering keeps failing red error steering light, fails everytime i use the car.

I was planning on selling the car buying a new car but out of work at the moment and just carnt afford that.

I am expecting a bill somewhere close to 500 but thats cheaper than a new car

Its going into my local Fiat garage dropping it off at 8am.

The women on the phone said they will run some tests on a computer then let me no the bad news lol

Will let you know how i get on

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Question Re: Punto in garage tomorrow for power steering...

Well just heard from the garage

Needs the whole new steering column

Total Price is 576 that includes the 47 computer tests they run to find out what was at fault.

The women also said they ran a "free" health check on the car and the rear wiper blade needs replacing @ 17 and both front brake discs and pads have worn out cost to replace 225

I told them just do the steering column lol

Any idea how much new discs and pads would cost to replace ? 225 seems alot to me.

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Re: Punto in garage tomorrow for power steering...

I reckon 100 tops diy. Try www.shop4parts.co.uk they are around 30% cheaper than dealer plus donated members of FiatForum get an extra 10% discount.
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Re: Punto in garage tomorrow for power steering...

Changing the discs and pads yourself an easy job then ?

Got any guides to show u what to do with pics etc

Like the idea of saving some cash !
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Re: Punto in garage tomorrow for power steering...

There is a guide in the Punto guide section on how to change front brake pads then its just a case of removing the caliper bracket and the disc retaining screw/s. Ensure the hub mating surface is perfectly clean when fitting the new disc and don't forget to remove the protective coating on the discs before fitting them. I use brake and clutch cleaner. If you fancy saving money and learning about your car then invest in a Haynes manual or similar. Good luck with it
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Re: Punto in garage tomorrow for power steering...

should of taken it else where tbh.... you can get pattern part power steering motor things for the punto with 2 year warrenty.

and you can get disks for 15ish each and front pads for about 25 and fit them your self very easy.
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Re: Punto in garage tomorrow for power steering...

I fit quite a few of these due to the red steering wheel symbol being on and there being no power steering! I get mine from these guys as they are local and very helpful.

575 is way too much, I supply and fit them for 400 including a full scan to check for any other fault codes on any other system on the vehicle.


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Re: Punto in garage tomorrow for power steering...

Thanks for replies lads.

Looks like i could of saved but its done now.

Just picked the car up all working fine no problems, nice to have light steering again

Decided against doing the brakes myself, booked in for thursday at local garage. Worth paying extra for piece of mind and getting it done in a day.
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Re: Punto in garage tomorrow for power steering...

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Decided against doing the brakes myself, booked in for thursday at local garage. Worth paying extra for piece of mind and getting it done in a day.
You could do them yourself in less than an hour and save a load of cash.
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Well both discs and pads where changed today and checked over the drums at the back.

Cost me 113, carnt complain. Makes me laugh with fiat quoting 225.

Wash the car aswell today and waxed it ! looks great. Made the effort seeing as i am keeping it alittle longer now.
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Re: Punto in garage tomorrow for power steering...

225 isnt that bad really.... its bad yes but for a dealer not bad at all.
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Re: Punto in garage tomorrow for power steering...

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I supply and fit them for 400 including a full scan to check for any other fault codes on any other system on the vehicle.

you charge 200 to fit, done in 45 mins so you should only be paying 45-50 fitting!
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Re: Punto in garage tomorrow for power steering...

Should have done a DIY, im not a car tinker person either but i just did my pads myself and only cost me 8.75+vat

as for the PS id would have gone to fiat too as my mate had a recon rack fitted and that turn'd out to be buggered too.
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Re: Punto in garage tomorrow for power steering...

A local garage guy told me he could fix the steering racks (usually) for about 250 all in. Usually, he says, it is just a blown resistor. May be talking a load of rubbish though!
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A local garage guy told me he could fix the steering racks (usually) for about 250 all in. Usually, he says, it is just a blown resistor. May be talking a load of rubbish though!
Considering the part that most fails (90% of time) has not resistor i'd be wary,also 250 for a 15p resistor seems suspicious!. These components are not made to be stripped down or repaired in anyway.
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