If you have decided that the engine must be removed for overhaul or major repair work, several preliminary steps should be taken.
Locating a suitable place to work is extremely important. Adequate work space, along with storage space for the car, will be needed. If a workshop or garage is not available, at the very least, a flat, level, clean work surface is required.
Cleaning the engine compartment and engine/transmission before beginning the removal procedure will help keep tools clean and organised.
An engine hoist will also be necessary. Make sure the equipment is rated in excess of the combined weight of the engine and transmission of Fiat Punto. Safety is of primary importance, considering the potential hazards involved in removing the engine/transmission from the car.
The help of an assistant is essential. Apart from the safety aspects Involved, there are many Instances when one person cannot simultaneously perform all of the operations required during engine/transmission removal.
Plan the operation ahead of time. Before some of the equipment necessary to perform engine/transmission removal and installation safely (in addition to an engine hoist) is as follows: a heavy duty trolley jack, complete sets of spanners and sockets as described in the rear of this manual, wooden blocks, and plenty of rags and cleaning solvent for mopping-up spilled oil, coolant and fuel. If the hoist must be hired, make sure that you arrange for it in advance, and perform all of the operations possible without it beforehand. This will save you money and time.
Plan for the car to be out of use for quite a while. An engineering machine shop or engine reconditioning specialist will be required to perform some of the work which cannot be accomplished without special equipment. These places often have a busy schedule, so it would be a good idea to consult them before removing the engine, in order to accurately estimate the amount of time required to rebuild or repair components that may need work.
During the engine/transmission removal procedure in Fiat Punto car, it is advisable to make notes of the locations of all brackets, cable ties, earthing points, etc, as well as how the wiring harnesses, hoses and electrical connections are attached and routed around the engine and engine compartment. An effective way of doing this is to take a series of photographs of the various components before they are disconnected or removed; the resulting photographs will prove invaluable when the engine/transmission is refitted.
Always be extremely careful when removing and refitting the engine/transmission. Serious injury can result from careless actions. Plan ahead and take your time, and a job of this nature, although major, can be accomplished successfully.
The engine and transmission assembly in Fiat Punto car is removed downwards from the engine compartment on ail models described in this manual.