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Old 27-10-2005   #1
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Punto Dead??

I'm having a real bad time with my punto........

Bought a mk1 1.1 55s 4 months ago,
  • 2 weeks after had an oil leak from cover gasket and oil filter, replaced and oil changed.....
  • Then had a flat tyre found it was the space between the rim and tyre that needed 'filling' had that fixed and tyre changed ....
  • Had an hole in my exhaust (front part 'link pipe' with the spring) done a tempopary repair on that with sealant...
  • Hearing a creaking groaning noise noise when the handbrake is on so think it needs adjusting, (locking point is quite high)
  • Hearing a rattle from exhaust when engine is started maybe brackets?
  • Went out monday morning and found the same bloody wheel from before COMPLETELY dead! so now i have the 'saver wheel' on (by the way i cant find a normal wheel ANYWHERE!!! unless 40 from fiat?!
  • Now i'm hearing a high pitched whine from the engine bay when i rev the car in 1st gear (maybe cambelt or tensioner?)
  • Rear wiper motor completely dead!

I'm seriously debating cutting my losses and buggering my punto off wish i never had to because despite these problems it is my first car and i love it... but any more problems and im gonna crack!!!

If anyone one that knows their way around a punto can lend me any advice or any engineers that can get to the birmingham area to fix these problems for me i'd be grateful (for a fee of course , dont wanna take a garage because theyd have a field day on me!!! i'm a noob!!
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Re: Punto Dead??

the tyre check your scrap yards i picked up one for my sisters car £15 with good tyre on it. rear wiper motor check ebay or scrappys.

handbreak creak i have had for about 2 years now regular serviced still there dont cause a prob cept make that noise
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Re: Punto Dead??

Not exactly 'dead' is it,just annoying things,lets face it the cars 8-10 years old?

Pattern exhausts are cheap as chips & get wheel from scrappy as 'dude' said.

Rear wiper...not legal requirment,just pick one up when you come across one cheap enough.

High pitched whine,get someone more knowledagble to listen to it.

Adjust handbrake & dont worry bout creaking noise (as dude said) my car does that every morning.

Rocker gasket leak...yeah so is mine,i'll get round to it one day
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Not exactly 'dead' is it,just annoying things,lets face it the cars 8-10 years old?

Pattern exhausts are cheap as chips & get wheel from scrappy as 'dude' said.

Rear wiper...not legal requirment,just pick one up when you come across one cheap enough.

High pitched whine,get someone more knowledagble to listen to it.

Adjust handbrake & dont worry bout creaking noise (as dude said) my car does that every morning.

Rocker gasket leak...yeah so is mine,i'll get round to it one day
you have re-assured me a bit but i've been 7 scrappies in birmingham and found no wiper, exhaust or wheel, there just aint any in them scrappies!! maybe i'll get some gt alloys?
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Re: Punto Dead??

If postage wasn't so expensive I'd sell you a new one I got in the shed!

Forget scrappy for exhaust go to local autoparts shop/warehouse,honestly they are cheap.I got full length front to back for mondeo for 37 & 2 years on it's still perfect.Just got to look in right places mate

Reason they aint in scrappies is cause they are such good cars
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that front pipe with that stupid flexy bit of poo in it cost me 24 inc VAT from a local auto shop. The bolt and gasket kit (both ends) cost another 2.19 in VAT.
You can fit it yourself really easily, just jack front end of car (might not even need to) and unbolt, bolt new one in, Watch out for rusty bolts on the cat and manifold, if they won't budge, then leave some GT85 or plus gas on it overnight, that should free em up,

my rocker gasket is weeping too, as is head gask, and end plate gasket
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that front pipe with that stupid flexy bit of poo in it cost me 24 inc VAT from a local auto shop. The bolt and gasket kit (both ends) cost another 2.19 in VAT.
You can fit it yourself really easily, just jack front end of car (might not even need to) and unbolt, bolt new one in, Watch out for rusty bolts on the cat and manifold, if they won't budge, then leave some GT85 or plus gas on it overnight, that should free em up,

my rocker gasket is weeping too, as is head gask, and end plate gasket
that flexi bit i was quoted 40 NOT inc. vat???
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look at it the good way... my punto 55s '96 burns more oil than petrol
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i remember my sisters old nissan micra she used to have to put a litre of oil in every 2 days!
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As you're in Birmingham, give Paul at Motor-Mech a call. His number is 01216339823 (He has moved premises recently, and the website has the old number on). He is an italian car specialist, and he does LOADS of Coupes. He's very good value for money, and will tell you what needs doing at what doesn't. I've used him for everything on my Coupe for the last 2.5 years, and I'd recommend him.
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still cant find a bloody wheel but got a wiper motor
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for an exhaust try MR GOLLYS on moseley road in sparkbrook, their prices beat everyone's.
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Re: Punto Dead??

do none of the scrap yards there have puntos in them??/ surely they must have some and therefore have wheels on car.
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most scrap yards destroy the wheels or just throw them in massive skip that is taken away every now and then, as most aren't round after a crash. Same with trims, have been looking for a new trim for front right wheel. GF sort of drove onto a kerb at speed, needed new tyre and wheel, both easy to do, but trim is proiving hard, if you look in my photo you can see the crack in it.
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