Removal

1 Remove the air cleaner assembly.
2 Remove the battery and battery tray.
3 Extract the retaining clip and release the selector cable end fitting from the starter inhibitor/reversing light switch lever of Fiat Punto (see illustrations).



Extract the selector cable end fitting retaining clip (arrowed)...



... and release the end fitting from the starter inhibitor/reversing light switch lever


4 Undo the nut securing the selector outer cable to the transmission support bracket of Fiat Punto and withdraw the cable from the bracket (see illustration).



Undo the nut (arrowed) and withdraw the selector cable from the support bracket


5 Firmly apply the handbrake, then jack up the front of the car and support it securely on axle stands.
6 Unscrew the nuts and disconnect the exhaust front pipe flange from the manifold downpipe. Recover the gasket.
7 Undo the bolts securing the front and rear exhaust system mounting brackets to the underbody. Lower the system and suitably support it.
8 Undo the retaining bolts and remove the exhaust system front heat shield.
9 Undo the bolts and remove the cover from the base of the selector lever housing.
10 Disconnect the selector cable end fitting from the base of the selector lever.
11 Extract the retaining clip securing the selector cable to the front of the selector lever housing. Withdraw the cable from the housing and remove it from under the car of Fiat Punto.

Refitting

12 Reconnect the cable end fitting to the selector lever and secure the outer cable to the lever housing. Refit the cover to the base of the housing.
13 Feed the cable up over the transmission of Fiat Punto and secure the outer cable to the transmission support bracket.
14 Refit the heat shield and exhaust system using a new gasket at the front pipe flange joint. Tighten the exhaust system fastenings to the specified torque settings.
15 Move the gear selector lever to the P (Park) position and rotate the starter inhibitor/reversing light switch lever fully clockwise to the end of its travel.
16 The cable end fitting should now be aligned with the peg on the switch lever and the end fitting should slide directly over the peg without binding. If this is not the case, slacken the end fitting lockout and rotate the end fitting as necessary. Tighten the locknut when the end fitting is correctly positioned.
17 Locate the cable end fitting over the starter inhibitor/reversing light switch lever and secure with the retaining clip.
18 Refit the battery tray and battery, then lower the car Fiat Punto to the ground.