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Old 05-04-2008   #1
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Exclamation Lots of mk1 punto problems. Please Help!!!

Hey everyone, Iím new on the forum please be kind.


Iím having a few problems with my mk1 punto and I was hoping that some of you could help me out.


So here goes:


1) The handbrake doesnít work at all on a slight incline, it works fine on a flat road so Iím guessing the cable just needs tightened? Is there an online guide to do this or do I need to buy a Haynes manual?


2) The heater only blows out cold air and Iím guessing thatís because thereís a pipe missing. It's a silver foil type pipe and it looks like the pipe goes between the radiator and the air filter before entering the car so this must be the reason why my heater isnít working because I donít have that pipe?


3) Thereís seems to be a small leak in my radiator somewhere as I have to refill the water/antifreeze every month or so. However, the leak seems to have stopped as I donít have to refill the radiator anymore. Should I just leave it as it seems to have fixed itself? I was going to put radweld in it when it was leaking but then heard some horror stories about it. What should I do?


4) And FinallyÖ some scum broke into my car and now the drivers door lock is damaged. I can usually open it from the driverís side but it never locks (not really a problem since I can use the passenger door lock for this). They also damaged the ignition but I managed to fix that. Strange thing is they never took anything (including the DVDs in the boot, very lucky). So whatís the best way to get this fixed? (Iíve read one of the guides about replacing the door lock using another lock from a scrap punto which seems easy enough)


I know thatís quite a long list but any help would be much appreciated. I canít take photos of anything right now as Iím at university and my car is back home so hopefully Iíve explained everything in enough detail. If Iíve left anything out please let me know.


Thanks in advance,


Mark
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Re: Lots of mk1 punto problems. Please Help!!!

Quote Originally Posted by scotland101 View Post
Hey everyone, Iím new on the forum please be kind.


Iím having a few problems with my mk1 punto and I was hoping that some of you could help me out.


So here goes:


1) The handbrake doesnít work at all on a slight incline, it works fine on a flat road so Iím guessing the cable just needs tightened? Is there an online guide to do this or do I need to buy a Haynes manual?

Ok first look @ the brake shoes as self adjuster lets go

2) The heater only blows out cold air and Iím guessing thatís because thereís a pipe missing. It's a silver foil type pipe and it looks like the pipe goes between the radiator and the air filter before entering the car so this must be the reason why my heater isnít working because I donít have that pipe?

Most probably air in cooling system (nothing to do with that pipe)

3) Thereís seems to be a small leak in my radiator somewhere as I have to refill the water/antifreeze every month or so. However, the leak seems to have stopped as I donít have to refill the radiator anymore. Should I just leave it as it seems to have fixed itself? I was going to put radweld in it when it was leaking but then heard some horror stories about it. What should I do?

Head gasket because also fits above fault ie air in cooling system

4) And FinallyÖ some scum broke into my car and now the drivers door lock is damaged. I can usually open it from the driverís side but it never locks (not really a problem since I can use the passenger door lock for this). They also damaged the ignition but I managed to fix that. Strange thing is they never took anything (including the DVDs in the boot, very lucky). So whatís the best way to get this fixed? (Iíve read one of the guides about replacing the door lock using another lock from a scrap punto which seems easy enough)

Get a lock set (& better music as not worth stealing)

I know thatís quite a long list but any help would be much appreciated. I canít take photos of anything right now as Iím at university and my car is back home so hopefully Iíve explained everything in enough detail. If Iíve left anything out please let me know.

Your car is in a bad way & could easily cost more than it,s worth to repair if you use a garage. also don't keep driving with head gasket gone
Thanks in advance,


Mark
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Re: Lots of mk1 punto problems. Please Help!!!

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Hope this helps
Thanks for the reply.

I probably should've mentioned the head gasket was fixed last summer for the MOT and it's only done about 500 miles since then so maybe the head gasket isn't the problem? I'll follow the guide for bleeding the cooling system and go from there.

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