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Old 22-02-2017   #16
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Re: Extortionate pricing

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For less than the cost of pads alone (in my opening post)
I have replaced both pads and discs with new ones plus purchase of a haynes manual (gosh they are cheaply produced now or what pages are tissue thin paper and cover is paper thin they used to be hard back and weighed about 3x as much gosh showing my age now) and brake cleaner/copper grease
Followed andy monty's guide in the grande punto section and voila done.
Good job i still have all my tools and impact driver and wd40 from years back tho

Well worth the effort and self satisfaction that i havent shelled out 270 to get it done
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Hello everyone, I find this forum really good.
I am a Punto Posting noob, so please be kind.

I am not a mechanic but have done plenty on my land rover defender and freelander, so can generally get by. ( starter motor x 2, alternator x3, water pump, clutch fork, cross rod, track rods, shocks, springs, heater, electric windows motors, exhaust etc..)

I have similar issue with Fiat here in France. My wife took the 2014 Punto 1.2 8v for a 400 euro oil change ( sorry "service"), and was told we would need an additional EUR 956 of work before the Controle Technique ( MOT ).
This was front brakes 450 EUR, wipers 56 EUR exhaust 450 EUR. I did the pads and discs this weekend (bought online for 85 EUR), and the wipers (Bosch Aero Twin) 21 EUR the pair.
I was going to attack the exhaust this weekend coming and about to order the bits.
A glance under the car ( I have access to a pit ) has shown that the outside of the silencer is coming off, but the exhaust is not blowing yet, and the main pipe from the cat to the back box is in pretty good nick.
I could not see and joints in the original exhaust from the back box all the way forwards, so would I be right in thinking that the OEM unit is a one piece, and that to fit a new back box ( Walker 23290 / Bosal 148-109 / other recommendations accepted ).
I just need to grind thru the stock pipe somewhere about 1m10 from the end, take off the old silencer, clean the pipe up a bit with a file / emery paper, then past and clamp the Walker exhaust back on, and hang it back up.
Or am I missing something here ?
Previously on my landies when I have changed exhausts, I have changed sections between the joints, so am not in the habit of grinding off OEM parts.
Thanks for any advice.
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Hello everyone, I find this forum really good.
I am a Punto Posting noob, so please be kind.

I am not a mechanic but have done plenty on my land rover defender and freelander, so can generally get by. ( starter motor x 2, alternator x3, water pump, clutch fork, cross rod, track rods, shocks, springs, heater, electric windows motors, exhaust etc..)

I have similar issue with Fiat here in France. My wife took the 2014 Punto 1.2 8v for a 400 euro oil change ( sorry "service"), and was told we would need an additional EUR 956 of work before the Controle Technique ( MOT ).
This was front brakes 450 EUR, wipers 56 EUR exhaust 450 EUR. I did the pads and discs this weekend (bought online for 85 EUR), and the wipers (Bosch Aero Twin) 21 EUR the pair.
I was going to attack the exhaust this weekend coming and about to order the bits.
A glance under the car ( I have access to a pit ) has shown that the outside of the silencer is coming off, but the exhaust is not blowing yet, and the main pipe from the cat to the back box is in pretty good nick.
I could not see and joints in the original exhaust from the back box all the way forwards, so would I be right in thinking that the OEM unit is a one piece, and that to fit a new back box ( Walker 23290 / Bosal 148-109 / other recommendations accepted ).
I just need to grind thru the stock pipe somewhere about 1m10 from the end, take off the old silencer, clean the pipe up a bit with a file / emery paper, then past and clamp the Walker exhaust back on, and hang it back up.
Or am I missing something here ?
Previously on my landies when I have changed exhausts, I have changed sections between the joints, so am not in the habit of grinding off OEM parts.
Thanks for any advice.
yep the exhaust issues sound familiar mine a 2012 was bad when i bought it 3 years ago peeling is worse but only a tiny blow on it just makes an advisory for MOT (as did my previous 2007 grande )
You are correct in that yes factory is 1 peice but you can buy the back box and hack it in
Or better still replace with s/s custom made
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Thanks for your reply derbyshire GP.

Do you have any suggestions for SS exhaust suppliers?
I am not looking to spend a fortune and I am not after performance gains or a fruity sound, just something MOT compliant, that wont rust thru after 4 years.

But if the price means having to sell my other kidney, then I'll go for the Walker 23290 and grind-paste-clamp it in.


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Any exhaust specialist in the UK would be able to custom build an SS system for under 200 for a GP. You'd need to ring around a few places in France for quotes as I couldn't even hazard a guess what the cost there might be.
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Here in the UK loosing the outer skin of the silencer is not an MOT (annual safety check) failure. Just cut it off neatly. No need to replace it if it's not blowing. Unless you want to of course.


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OE systems are often a single piece.
If replacing just one part, line it up and mark the cut point carefully. Remember the new piece has to overlap the old, so don't cut too much off.

But, as said, the outer layers peel off without affecting performance or integrity, so will last a long time like that. I think there are three layers, so only needs changing when the last, inner layer fails.
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Thanks for all your advice.
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