GET AN OLD WIRE COATHANGER AND STRAIGHTEN IT OUT WITH A SLIGHT HOOK BEING LEFT ON ONE END. GET A TORCH TO PINPOINT THE RELEASE CATCH. INSERT THE HOOK END AND PULL THE WIRE IN THE DIRECTION REQUIRED TO DISENGAGE THE CATCH. YOU COULD ALSO TRY USING ALONG SCREWDRIVER TO OPEN IT USING THE SAME METHOD
i found that by fully extending the bonnet release lever and having someone else pull the bonnet upwards at the same time got the bonnet open, then i made sure i lubed the catch on the bonnet and works fine so far.
If the cable has broken
grip the broken end with pliers or
vise grips and then pull
I've just finished grappling with the jammed bonnet of a 2003 Punto due to a broken operating cable. It would seem the only way to open the bonnet without damage to the car is to remove the bonnet release mechanism held by 2 13mm nuts to front of the engine bay.
The best way to remove these nuts I found was to use 2 wooden wedges to gain better access. I covered the wedges with a rubber glove sprayed with wd 40 and pushed them between the front lip of the bonnet and the plasctic facia immediatley below - roughly 3 to 4 inches either side of the badge. The plastic below the bonnet bends not the bonnet.
I've viewed posts that suggest using an socket wrench , extension bar with a knuckle end attached to the socket via the gap in the plastic radiator facia. In practice I found this angle of attack too acute to losen the nuts hence the wedges. Also the wedges gave a better view of the nuts.
I also removed the number plate and a plastic vertical reinforcing stringer to get an arm up along side the radiator and guide the socket onto the nuts.
Like many posts on www initially I was convinced that all I had to do was find the right button / lever and the bonnet would spring open! This is not the case. Unfortunately the release mechanism is only exposed when the unit is removed. Long screwdrivers, coathangers or garden canes can not work.
this is the easy way takes 5mins and you dont break anything,drive your car on kerb with passenger wheel on kerb,with a torch slide under passenger side front of car (just behind the rad)look for the bonnet cable or feel just above rad,(it helps if you get someone to wiggle cable inside car)once you got cable about 2 inches from bonnet catch push towards drivers side,the nearer you get cable to bonnet catch the better and then the bonnet will open
on the steering column beneath steering wheel
fuse for power steering on fiat punto if your looking for the fuse under the bonnet big black box on the right open up the box and you will see the big blue fuse in the middle of the top row .
I think the Punto has electric power steering, so no fluid.
large fuses under bonnet near battery, the rest ( on rhd ) are behind panel/shelf to right of steering wheel.
Fiat punto power steering reservoir on a y reg were can i find it
fiat punto's dont have steering fluid. they have electric motors instead.
it is on the steering column below the steering wheel
The bonnet release clip is located under the steering wheel below the steering wheel height adjustment lever. it is (in my case) a bright orange color.On year 1999-> model it is just below the dashboard plastic level, to the door side of control pedals, just crouch down and have a look.If the level is slack, then the bonnet release cable has snapped.You'll have to jack the car up, and access / pull the cable from underneath.
The sensor lives beneath the driver's seat
Unfortunately the power steering unit is on the way out.
AnswerThe Bonnet is called the Hood in the U.S. Pull the lever inside the car, on drivers side. Then release the hood (bonnet) with the lever located in the front grille.If the level is slack - it points to a snapped bonnet release cable.To open the bonnet in this situation (on a Fiat Punto), you'll need to get under the car.I jacked up the car, placed it on a stand on the passenger side, and reached up underneath. I've videoed it - quick to do once you see it.http://bit.ly/Yh1dQ9TAG: Fiat Punto, Bonnet Cable, Snapped Bonnet Cable
it nis under the steering wheel