Removal

1 Firmly apply the handbrake, then jack up the front of the car and support it securely on axle stands. Remove the approphate roadwheel(s).
2 Release the brake caliper hydraulic hose (and, where applicable, the ABS wheel speed sensor cable) from the brackets at the base of the suspension strut of Fiat Punto.
3 Unscrew the two nuts and remove the bolts securing the base of the suspension strut to the top of the swivel hub.
4 Pull the swivel hub outwards at the top to release it from the suspension strut of Fiat Punto.
5 Have an assistant support the strut from underneath the wheel arch. Working in the engine compartment, unscrew the nut securing the upper mounting cup to the strut piston rod while counterholding the piston rod with a suitable Allen key. Lift off the upper mounting cup and withdraw the assembly from under the wheel arch (see illustrations).



Unscrew the nut securing the suspension strut upper mounting cup to the piston rod ...



... lift off the mounting cup and withdraw the strut from under the wheel arch


Refitting

6 Manoeuvre the strut assembly into position under the wheel arch and locate the upper mounting cup over the strut piston. Refit the retaining nut and moderately tighten it at this stage. Final tightening of this nut is carried out with the car resting on its roadwheels.
7 Engage the lower end of the strut with the swivel hub, then fit the securing bolts and nuts. Tighten the nuts to the specified torque.
8 Refit the brake caliper hydraulic hose (and where applicable, the ABS wheel speed sensor cable) to the bracket at the base of the suspension strut of Fiat Punto.
9 Refit the roadwheel, and lower the car to the ground.
10 With the car resting on its roadwheels, tighten the suspension strut upper mounting cup retaining nut to the specified torque.