Note: A balljoint separator tool will be required for this operation.

Removal

1 Firmly apply the handbrake, then jack up the front of the car and support it securely on axle stands. Remove the relevant front roadwheel.
2 Hold the track rod, and unscrew the track rod end locknut by a quarter of a turn. Do not move the locknut from this position, as ft will serve as a handy reference mark on refitting,
3 Partially unscrew the nut securing the Fiat Punto track rod end to the steering arm. Using a balljoint separator tool, separate the track rod end from the steering arm (see illustration). Remove the nut and lift the track rod end from the arm.



Using a balljoint separator tool to separate the track rod end from the steering arm


4 Counting the exact number of turns necessary to do so, unscrew the track rod end from the Fiat Punto track rod.

Refitting

5 Carefully clean the track rod end and the track rod threads.
6 Renew the track rod end It the rubber dust cover is cracked, split or perished, or if the movement of the balljoint is either sloppy or too stiff. Also check for other signs of damage such as worn threads.
7 Screw the track rod end onto the track rod by the number of turns noted during removal. This should bring it to within a quarter of a turn from the locknut, hold the track rod and securely tighten the locknut.
8 Ensure that the ballpin taper is clean, then engage the taper with the steering arm on the swivel hub.
9 Refit the track rod end retaining nut, and tighten the nut to the specified torque.
10 Refit the roadwheel, and lower the car to the ground.
11 Have the front wheel toe setting checked at the earliest opportunity.