I have a P reg petrol 1.1L Punto and I'm beginning to have problems
with the clutch. The car has got about 45,000 miles on the clock and
it is used for short trips with lots of lights and so on.
When the clutch is depressed for the last quarter of the travel to the
floor it begins to 'creak' and becomes difficult (but not impossible)
to depress. This problem has started to occur over the past few days.
I have a couple of questions:
1) I guess from the manuals that the car almost certainly has a
hydraulic clutch. How can I be sure?
2) If it is hydraulic where is the fluid reservoir?
3) What is the most likely cause of the problem and what are the
possible solutions or work arounds? I rather not spend a lot of money
on the car at this point and if possible I'd like to do the job
Thanks in advance for any help.
My brother just had the same problem with his year 2000 Fiat Punto 80 ELX
It actually was the pedals wich made a quirky noise !
BUT the shop said there was something with the clutch too so they replaced
the entire clutzh and still hadnt fixed the sound coming from the pedals
After 5 times they finally mounted the pedal rach away and grease the
bushings with special grease for plastic, !!! no ordinary "fix it all"
spray on plastic !
But after 2 days it was there again !
Well Well, today he's off to look at a second hand Coupe (no Turbo ) mechanics last longer !
He Will trade the Punto after 9 years of differrent FIAT cars
30 years of FIATs in the family,and me,,, FIATs since 1984
He's Punto has been in the shop for 20 times for differrent things
instrumentation fails all went black, new dashboard electrics
instrumentation fails, tank meter... new probe
Quirky pedal sounds
Some engine control managment failure
All in all SAD.
My Marea 2000 1.6ELX Has not had any problems.
the backlights collected waterdrops on the inside after 1 year but were
changed at no charge, exhaustsystem almost FELL OFF.. YES
The last fastening point were totally corroded
But were welded at no charge at the very SAME garage nu fuzz
If you have a hydraulic clutch, you will see the slave cylinder on top of
the cast casing, roughly under the battery. I think the fluid reservoir is
shared with the brake fluid - I've never found a separate one!!
I have a 1998 Punto 60SX and had a similar problem earlier this year at
about 50k miles.
It was diagnosed as a failing clutch release bearing - definately a garage
job as far as I am concerned. I had the clutch replaced at the same time. I
understand Puntos are prone to this. I greased the clutch release lever (?)
where it passes into the casing, which eased it for a while but did not cure
Sorry not to be able to offer any good news :-(
Water gets on to the clutch actuating spindle, it being in the worst
possible place for this (in the winter it is salt spray) then it
works its way down by capillary action, shaft rusts solid.
Wipers can suffer in the same way, and some alternator locations
ensure the fan sucks spray into the front bearing.
For the clutch a drop of oil off the dipstick occasionally helps, and
may free the shaft, but not cure the problem. Worth trying as you have
nothing to lose. If it frees up, stuff some calcium based grease
around where the spindle enters the housing, helps keep some of the
On Wed, 16 Jul 2003 20:21:18 +0100, "Rob Strang"
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