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Re: my 200 '95 Mk1 75sx 'Paddy Punto'

life often gets in the way, i have so many things i need to do to my cars and never manage to find the time...
Need to finish this engine swap on my panda and the pile of stuff for the ignis is just getting silly!! The wife's 500 needs a service soon too. Sadly I plain just don't trust anyone else to do stuff to my car, perhaps I am overly cautious but i always get upset about something when someone else does some work on my car lol.
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Re: my 200 '95 Mk1 75sx 'Paddy Punto'

That's a very good front wheel bearing all in deal. Well done .
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Re: my 200 '95 Mk1 75sx 'Paddy Punto'

So had the wheel bearing replaced, turns out it was the nearside and not the offside front, which the garage could tell once they had it up on the lift and could give it a decent spin (which is what side the garage who did my wheel balancing also predicted, silly me). They gave me the bearing afterwards and it was absolutely knackered, the grease between the ball bearings was like solid chocolate, may upload picture at some point. Good thing I didn't attempt the job myself, as apparently he needed 8 ton pressure on the press to get the bearing out!

Drove nice and smooth on the way home from the garage, but the next morning I noticed steering wheel wasn't straight(!) and the car was pulling to the left slightly, and also the left wheel was pointing left when I had a look at work, so rang the garage back up and they told me to bring it in for alignment that afternoon which was great.
Turned out the alignment of the left side was way off, possibly due to the car now having a fresh wheel bearing in and the wheel being aligned with the old bearing.
Stood and chatted with the guy as he worked, he had a hard time adjusting the tie rod as it was so corroded, in the end he used a fancy induction heater wrap device instead of a blowtorch to crack it loose.
All good now and while it still pulls a teeeeeny bit to the side, it's not very noticeable.

The chaps did however wonder when the MOT was due and jokingly advised that a fair few things would need looking at. The inner nearside CV boot had a tear in it which I knew about, but upon further inspection and a return journey to Brostol at the weekend, it's now flinging molygrease all over the place so I'm in the process of getting quotes for that. Steering rack boot also perished apparently.

Also a few miles up the road on my way to the garage initially, the right hand rear of the car started making some horrendous creaking/knocking noises after some potholed roads, which they thought could the drum brakes but I'm breaking sure it could be trialing arm bearing or subframe mount. Further investigation required.

Another battle won, but the war against aging components rages on!
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Re: my 200 '95 Mk1 75sx 'Paddy Punto'

keep at it, i had this with my panda when i started working on it and its basically got new everything at the front now, arms, inner and outer cvs, suspension top mounts, wheel bearings, tie rod ends, engine mount, gearbox mounts, shocks, springs, ball joints. Most of it looked original so by my reasoning it should be good for another 25 years and 100k lol. Once i finished engine swap I'll look at refreshing the rear end of it.

In intrigued by this induction heater thingy, i wonder how hot it makes it - they usually use oxyacetylene to heat things are alignment places, induction heater sounds fancy!
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Re: my 200 '95 Mk1 75sx 'Paddy Punto'

yeah from what I can tell it involves wrapping a jacket of coiled wires around the bolt, then passing high current through and heating the bolt itself, bit like an induction hob.

after a bit of googling I found the one he used on Amazon, not cheap tho!


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Re: my 200 '95 Mk1 75sx 'Paddy Punto'


I'm sold, i want one lol
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Get the price down to 110 and I will have one.
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Re: my 200 '95 Mk1 75sx 'Paddy Punto'

i recon most of us could build one for less than 100 quid.. whether it would be safe if i made it is another question though
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Update

Long time no post! Just been enjoying driving the Punto without too many (major) problems. Using it as a daily commuting 50 miles each day from Bromley to Maidstone and back without too much trouble.

Whilst getting both my girlfiend's Mini and my old fiesta MOT'd for my sister last month (which gave me loads of rear brake headaches), I checked the MOT expiry date on the Punto and it turned out to be the 20th September (not far off!). Wanting as much time as possible to tackle any unforeseen issues, I booked it in with the garage local to work on Monday 4th without too much prep work (just inflated tyres and fluids), meaning I could still drive about on the existing MOT certificate while getting any work done.

As expected, poor Paddy failed on a couple of things, but not as bad as expected! Failures were:

- Rear brake light offside not working (knew about this as it's an intermittant problem, not the bulb and have just received 2nd hand light cluster to replace existing)
- Nearside inner CV boot perished & letting in debris (knew about this from previous wheel balancing)
- Nearside steering rack gaiter split (mentioned when I had wheel bearing & tracking done
- Rear parking brake below efficiency requirements
- Rear offside parking brake little/no force
- Failed emissions on high CO on 2nd fast idle test

Advisories were
- Inner side of all tyres worn
- Nearside outer CV boot torn but not letting in debris

So overall not too bad, plan of action over the next week is:
- replace rear light cluster using same bulbs and hope brake light issue is solved

- picked up set of rear brake shoes to put in this week, which will hopefully solve parking brake issue along with adjusting handbrake cable

- Emissions wise I've got a new air filter to go in, and picked a bottle of Wynn's Clean Burn (already gone in the tank) and Emissions Buster(?) I got for cheap off ECP while getting the brake shoes. The car had been left sitting in the garage car park all morning before the test at 12:15, but these bits should hopefully bring my Carbon Monoxide levels down under 0.20% (was 0.63%). I've also been driving the car a bit harder to get the revs up a bit, and will do so before bringing it in for a retest.

- All the boots/gaiter work I'm going to get the garage to do next week. 90 for inner CV boot replacement + outer boot on the same side (advisory) only the cost of part + 37.50 for steering rack gaiter I already have the part for = around 150 all in. After my experience with the CV boots while replacing the clutch, I'm happy to pay this as I don't want to deal with that mess again!

So it's looking positive from my point of view, especially as there was no mention of rust that the welding for the previous MOT was done to fix. I was kind of hoping they would highlight any problems with the rear suspension (bushes etc), but I guess I'll have to figure those out on my own!

Will update sometime next week, maybe with some photos as well!
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50 miles a day?! Respect!! I wouldn't want to do that in any car, lol!
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50 miles a day?! Respect!! I wouldn't want to do that in any car, lol!
Back when I first started this job and still living at my parents' around 3 years ago, I was commuting about 50 miles EACH WAY in the Punto! Probably why the headgasket went about 2 months later!
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Re: my 200 '95 Mk1 75sx 'Paddy Punto'

tbh i dont think 50 miles a day is that much.. i know loads of people that do way more daily. I used to do 48miles everyday and its not that bad unless your route is a busy traffic route really.
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Fair enough. My daily commute is about 8 miles, lol!
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this is my usual commute atm

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another quick update

went back to garage on Tuesday to book Punto in for CV boot and steering rack gaiter work - no availability til Monday (after final retest date of Friday) - panic follows

rang round a couple of places and found a garage local to me in Bromley that could fit me in before the end of the week, for probably cheaper than the original MOT garage (dropped it in that evening as well!).
Nearside inner and outer CV boots done, nearside steering rack gaiter (the one I bought was wrong size), plus he adjusted my handbrake for me and gave the car a bit of a once over which was an added bonus. 150 all in

Chucked a bottle of 'Magic Bullet Emissions Buster' into half a tank that evening (in addition to Wynn's clean burn the tank before) in preparation for a retest on Thursday. In addition to the 25 mile drive to work (ragging it) I took the car out at lunch before dropping into the MOT garage (again ragging it). Left it with them for a few hours (was hoping they'd test straight away ) and when I called up later was told it had failed again. Everything else fine except emissions, CO actually higher this time at 0.8 compared to 0.6!

So no chance of making the retest date, and another 50 down the pan.

So.....after a bout of depression and then acceptance, did some thinking and gave my 'new' garage near home a call. Have ordered a new type-approved Cat for around 50 and a new lambda sensor for around 26 (ebay stores), and will bring Punto in to them next week before MOT runs out on the 20th.

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