Removal

1 Disconnect the battery negative terminal.
2 Disconnect the selector cable end fittings from their attachments at the transmission selector levers of Fiat Punto (see illustration).



Disconnect the selector cable end fittings (arrowed) from the transmission selector levers


3  Extract the retaining clip securing each selector cable to the transmission support bracket of Fiat Punto, then withdraw both cables from the bracket (see illustration).



Extract the retaining clips (arrowed) securing the selector cables to the transmission support bracket


4  Firmly apply the handbrake, then jack up the front of the car and support it securely on axle stands.
5  Unscrew the nuts and disconnect the exhaust front pipe flange from the manifold downpipe. Recover the gasket.
6  Undo the bolts securing the front and rear exhaust system mounting brackets to the underbody. Lower the system and suitably support it.
7  Where an exhaust system front heat shield is fitted, undo the retaining bolts and remove the heat shield.
8  Undo the bolts and remove the cover from the base of the gear lever housing (see illustration).



Undo the bolts and remove the cover (arrowed) from the base of the gear lever housing


9 Disconnect the selector cable end fittings from their attachments at the gear lever linkage of Fiat Punto.
10 Extract the two retaining clips securing the selector cables to the front of the gear lever housing. Withdraw the two cables from the housing.
11 Release the selector cables from the support clip above the front subframe, then remove the cables from under the car (see illustration).



Release the selector cables from the support clip (arrowed) above the front subframe


Refitting

12 Refitting is a reversal of removal, bearing n mind the following points:
a)  Reconnect the exhaust system flange joint using a new gasket and tighten the mounting nuts to the specified torque.
b)  On completion, check that all gears can be selected without stiffness or binding. If necessary, adjust the position of the cable end fitting at the transmission end of Fiat Punto to improve gear selection quality.