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Fiat Grande Punto 2006-2009 updated version of article February 2021.
Brake pad replacement Fiat Grande Punto 1.2 2006 - 2009, on some cars is a job which can be done by a competent person or someone with reasonable DIY skills.
If you own a Fiat Grande Punto 1.2 2006-2009 you will no doubt be happy with your little car as I believe it is one of the best 3/5 door hatchbacks in its class. Compared to the older style Fiat Punto, the Grande Punto is not only a larger car but has many more refinements than any Punto which has ever gone before it.
This article will show you how to replace front discs and pads plus rear brakes on the Fiat Grande Punto 1.2 2006 - 2009 should you wish to save money on dealer prices and tackle the job for your own satisfaction.
Know your limits.
It is important that when working on your car that you follow all safety requirements to avoid injury to yourself or damage to the car. Knowing your limitations is important so if you are in any way unsure I would suggest using the services of a qualified technician for your car.
Front brake pad replacement.
Before You Begin.
If you are doing this type of job for the first time let me tell you that if you are in any doubt at all about your competence in doing the job do not do it and trust the job to a suitably experienced and qualified mechanic. When working on areas of a car where safety is of the utmost importance you must work within and know your limits as a DIY mechanic.
You will be working at the side of the car but may need to go under the car so you must make sure that the vehicle is adequately supported using axle stands and I would suggest as an extra precaution that a hydraulic jack be supporting the weight also.
Make sure that your rear wheels are chocked and that the vehicle is in gear with the handbrake firmly applied. I am providing this step by step guide just in case for some reason the videos don't load.
Removal And Refitting.
As you are happy that the car is safely supported you can begin:-
- Remove the road wheel
- Spray any nuts and bolts to be removed with W.D. 40 or similar to assist removal.
- Unbolt the caliper slides
- Remove and split the caliper (Piston section)
It is worth mentioning that it is a good idea to tie up the caliper and brake hose out of the way.
I tie it up to the coil spring so as not to damage the rubber brake hose or pipe.
- Now you can unbolt the remaining part of brake caliper containing the brake pads.
- Put the caliper to one side then you can undo the 2 screws with Torx heads on the disc.
- Remove disc from hub.
- Put the new disc on the hub and secure with the 2 Torx head screws.
- Using a suitable degreaser or solvent clean any oil, grease or debris from the new disc so the brake pads do not get contaminated on replacement.
Refit the brake pads into the caliper and it is ready then to re-bolt onto the vehicle. When replacing the pads on the near side front wheel you will notice that the pads come with a wire which is a sensor to tell you when the pads are ready for renewal. You may or may not have seen this warning light on your dash as a result. What I suggest when you do this side is take a photograph before you remove the caliper then you will fit it in the same way as it comes off.
It is always a good idea to take photos of how parts are assembled before removal if there is a chance you may not remember how they went.
Before you refit the caliper piston to the caliper body you will need to push back the piston in the caliper otherwise you will not get the caliper back on the body due to the new pads being thicker than the worn ones you have removed.
Pushing the piston back is easy providing you have a G Clamp or a caliper wind back tool as shown in the video. If using a small clamp you may need a piece of wood to go across the piston so that when you tighten the clamp it provides even pressure across the piston. Before you push the piston back take the cap off of the brake fluid reservoir as the fluid level may raise due to the pressure of the piston pushing back. A cloth maybe needed to catch any over-spill at the top of the reservoir. Be careful not to trap the rubber gaiter on the piston and push the piston back carefully.
Refitting of the caliper piston is the reverse of the removal.
Tools you will need for both jobs.
Listed below are the tools you are likely to need for the job of replacing the front pads on your Fiat Grande Punto.
- Wire brush
- Soft brush
- W.D 40 spray
- Brake cleaner spray
- Anti-squeal paste
- Copper grease
- Spanner 13 mm
- Wheel impact socket 17 mm
- Torque wrench
- Caliper wind back tool
- Crow bar or pry bar
- wheel chocs
If you don't have some of the required tools such as a caliper wind back tool they are well worth investing in for future use. if you don't want to buy such tools you may be able to hire them from a tool hire store for a daily rate.
The braking system on the Fiat Grande Punto 1.2 is made up using Bosch parts and are very easily accessible both online and in Motor Accessory shops. Obviously you can purchase your brake discs and pads from Fiat dealers but I am sure you will be aware that this is not a cost effective way to buy your parts to self fit. Dealer prices are always inflated, but you are guaranteed that you get genuine Fiat parts and are guaranteed replacements.
The parts which were bought for the car in this article were sourced online and saved the owner over £100 due to not having any labour charges to pay at a garage.
For the competent home mechanic, changing a set of discs and pads is relatively straightforward providing you have a reasonably comprehensive toolkit as well as axle stands and a hydraulic jack. Any tool kit you have will be worth the investment as it can be used time after time on all jobs as a DIY home mechanic.
Rear drum brakes replacement.
Rear brake shoe replacement.
I am including a step by step guide to the replacement of the rear brake shoes as with the front brakes as a fall back if the videos fail to load for some reason. I would hate for you not to be able to see the information having taken the time to find this article.
Remember it can be a good idea to photograph stages of removal so that when you come to refit your brake parts you can see exactly where all the brake parts go.
Follow the steps below.
- Remove road wheel after securing and jacking the vehicle up
- Remove drum undoing the 2 bolts
- Release the hub cover
- Undo stub axle bolt
- Pull loose hub off to get at the brake shoes
- Remove the springs and shoe retainers
- Lift off shoes and disconnect the handbrake cable
- Disassemble brake shoes and clean back plate and drum
- Refit in reverse using your photos
It is worth at this point to remind you to wear a mask and goggles as there are small particles of brake dust present which if inhaled can cause respiratory problems. Protecting your eyes is also necessary.
It is important that you keep a regular check on the condition of your braking system. Regular checks on a weekly basis of your brake fluid should be carried out. You should do this along with your fluid and oil checks weekly. Remember also to check the condition of your tyres in terms of tread depth, condition of side wall as well as the pressure. Running tyres at the wrong pressure can result in uneven wear and could limit the life of the tyre.
Once the parts have been put back on the car and the road wheesl secured you will need to road test the vehicle. Before moving the car you will need to prime the brake pedal by pumping it up and down 3 to 4 times until resistance is felt at the top of the pedal stroke. That way you know that the piston has pushed the pads close to the new disc ready to be used.
Be careful for a few hundred miles after replacement as your new discs and pads need to be bedded in and will not be 100% effective immediately.
Once the protective coating of the disc has worn off with heat and has turned silver you will notice that brake efficiency improves.
Congratulations you have saved yourself a great deal of money and have the peace of mind also that the job has been done correctly.
How do you feel now?
Thanks to AutoDoc.
Many thanks to autodoc.co.uk for producing the videos shown here. As you will agree they are of a very high standard of production and guide you through step by step all of the way.
What brought you here?
Was it the fact that you were searching on Google or maybe another search engine such as You-Tube that may have led you here? Maybe the article was recommended to you or you simply just came across by getting lucky? Either way you will be glad you did. I know I certainly am.
It's always a great feeling to learn new skills and do jobs that you might only ever have been able to get done by paying out your hard earned cash to someone else. Often the jobs you think will be the hardest really don't prove to be that hard.
Planning is a good idea and only do the job when you know you have sufficient time to do it. Working on a vehicle when you are short of time or are under pressure to get the job done is not a good idea. You just don't know sometimes what you will be up against. If you have 4 bolts or nuts to undo you can pretty much guarantee that one will give you a problem and so extending the length of the job.
Why this type of article?
The reason I produce this type of article is because I always do a Google search whenever I need help to diagnose and fix problems with any of the cars I have ever owned. The quality of some articles on the internet are not that good in terms of the accuracy of the information provided.
I like to always provide great value when I write and it is always my intention to get you the help you need when you need it. Hence the majority of articles I write are full of information, videos as well as hints and tips to get your job done when you find yourself on a budget. The other reason is I just like doing it which always helps I find.
So while ever people are searching online for fixes of any kind I hope to be able to cater for my audience. The primary reason as I say first and foremost is to help my readers.
As always many thanks for finding this article online, it is much appreciated. If I have missed anything from this guide please feel free to comment below or just let me know if you have obtained new knowledge as a result of reading and watching. Let me know how you get on when you have a go for yourself. It's always great to receive feedback of any kind.
As I have said before many times this guide was written with you in mind. Why not bookmark this article ready for when you do the job of replacing the brakes on your car. Perhaps you know someone who would benefit from this article or any of my many how to guides on car maintenance and other DIY jobs.
Cheers for now.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Steve Mitchell
Steve Mitchell (author) from Cambridgeshire on September 13, 2012:
Thanks Mike I will hop over to yours now.
Micheal from United Kingdom on September 10, 2012:
Just published my hub on brake safety and popped over here to get your link. happy hubbing.
Steve Mitchell (author) from Cambridgeshire on September 05, 2012:
We must link them. Thanks for the comment. Can't wait to read yours!
Micheal from United Kingdom on September 05, 2012:
You are not going to believe this but I had my disks and pads replaced today. How freaky is that.
I am writing hub on the topic.
It is totally different to this great 'how to' guide but I think they will compliment each other.
I'll let you know when it is published, so you can have a look.
Voted up useful and interesting.