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Fiat Punto Power Steering Problems – EPS Light On & Gone Heavy?

08 Mar, 09

Fiat Punto Power Steering Problems – EPS Light On & Gone Heavy?

Fiat Punto Electric Power Steering Column Repair Services

The Fiat Punto’s power steering system is not conventionally hydraulic, it utilises an Electric Power Steering (EPS) system which includes an Electric Steering Column. The column comes complete with an ECU coded to the vehicle and a steering motor.

Fiat Punto Steering problems are very common, however, as the ECU’s are coded to the vehicle, it makes it a lot harder for people to just swap and change them for a second hand unit which in most cases, is what customers would prefer rather than paying for a brand new one.

My Fiat Punto Steering Warning Light is on – what does this mean?

The most common fault with the system on the Fiat Punto is when the power steering warning light appears on the dash causing the steering to go heavy. There are a number of reasons why this happens but mainly due to the load on the electrical system. The primary reason for it’s failure is the “City Mode” feature. The City Mode function was designed purely for parking purposes, however people that use this function more frequently risk overloading their electrical system and burning out the Fiat Punto steering column, which could cost in excess of £600 new from Fiat’s main dealer.

Here at Power Steering Services, we are able to remanufacture these units and due to popular demand, we now carry these units in stock ready to be dispatched / fitted same day. All repaired Fiat Punto electric steering columns come with our Lifetime warranty. Our units are self-calibrating and will NOT require coding, once fitted the unit will calibrate to the vehicle and code itself with no user programming required.

So before you go out and spend £600+ on a Fiat Punto steering column, or attempt to purchase a second hand power steering unit for a quick cheap fix, give us a call first! Remember, there is no guarantee when buying a used part because you never know how the previous owner had driven the vehicle. With us, you get a Lifetime warranty giving you complete peace of mind.

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79 thoughts on “Fiat Punto Power Steering Problems – EPS Light On & Gone Heavy?
    • Hi Betty

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      I’ve sent over an email requesting some further information. Please respond there and I will do my best to assist you.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Fiat punto, power steering problem.
    We bought an 03 reg for our son first car, but ever since we had miseriously the power steering light came on. The car haven’t really been out on the road yet and he’s do to take his driving test soon. I had it in the neighborhood garage who knows about the problem these cars have. They’ve done dionostics, changed parts, (all second hand) . It’s a good thing I knew them, so they have been patient. The whole family drove before they closed every night to make sure it was alright before they gave it back to me. We took it home no problem, it sat for awhile but turned on to make sure it was okay, fine. the wife took our son out in for the first time and bingo the light came on. It’s frustrating because its for the youngster and he hasn’t been out in it yet.
    What do you suggest? Please help!
    Olando

    • Hello Olando

      Thank you for your enquiry,

      Where second hand parts have been used it’s possible the replacement parts have failed. This is such a common problem across the range of Fiat Punto that even if the second hand part was working yesterday, there is no guarantee it will work tomorrow and I’m afraid this is the risk involved when purchasing used parts.

      Our solution is to replace the unit with our remanufactured units – they come with a Lifetime warranty to give you complete peace of mind.

      We have sent you an email with full pricing and information. If you have any questions, please respond to the email.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

    • Hello Shijo

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      We’ve got the Fiat Punto steering columns in stock with a Lifetime warranty and have sent you an email with full pricing and information including fitting if required.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

        • Hello Mickey,

          Thank you for your enquiry, and many apologies for the delay in our response.

          An email has just been sent over now with pricing and further information regarding the EPS Column on your Fiat Punto.

          Kind Regards

          Jason
          POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • hi there, have 2002 1.2 active sport punto. I had sterring failure and got 2nd hand rack from breakers yard. fitted pump and ecu fine, worked for 3 days and BOOM it went again. Can you let me know a price for supplying me with the correct part/s I need to get it working again please. Regards, M

    • Hi Mark

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      We’ve got the replacement units in stock with a Lifetime warranty. I’ve sent you an email with full pricing and information along with a fitting quote if required.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Hello, I have a 54 plate Punto 1.2 with a failed ESP please could you let me know how much your ESP are and if the warranty is valid if I fit the part.

    • Hello Rory

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      We’ve sent you an email with full pricing and information to replace the Fiat Punto steering column. We carry these in stock and can offer a fitting service but can also supply the unit for you to get fitted yourself. Either way the unit is supplied with a Lifetime warranty.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Hi , my partner has an x reg punto , he was driving down a straight main road and all of a sudden steering became heavy and light has come on he’s never had a problem with the steering before , do you no what this could be ,? Could it be the electrics ? Thanks

    • Hi Kelly

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      It’s a very common problem. It might start off as an intermittent issue and then eventually become a permanent fault. We’ve got replacement units in stock and I’ve sent you an email just now with full pricing and information.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Hi..l have a 1.2 fiat punto sport active..03 reg..

    The steering while red light is on though the power steering works.

    I had it on diagnostics and the mechanic said it is probably just the sensor. I tied resetting the system by disconnecting the battery and the fuse etc, but it the red light came back on.

    Do l just need a new power motor or the whole column.
    Or do l need the whole column

    prices please

    • Hi Alan

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      It will be the whole column you need and we have these in stock. I’ve sent you an email with full pricing and information.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Hi my steering is heavy on my fiat punto 2003 dynamic 16v speedgear
    please help on new parts i require
    thanks
    steve

    • Hi Steve

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      We’ve got replacement units in stock for your vehicle. I’ve just sent you an email with full pricing & information.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Hi,

    My son has just bought a 55 plate Punto 1.2 Active Sport as his first car. He’s had a “black box” fitted by his insurer and then noticed his power steering light had come on and he lost power steering whilst driving it. The engineer who fitted the black box came back this morning, tested it and said that the box wasn’t to blame and that power steering problems are very common on the Punto. I fear we may have bought a “pup” but could you please advise me on how much a new column unit and fitting would be please. It is such a nice car and he doesn’t want to get rid of it if its easy to get fixed.

    Thanks

    • Hi Martin

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      We carry the replacement units in stock and can offer a supply & fit service. I’ve sent you an email with full pricing and information.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Hi the power steering has gone on my 2002 fiat punto go can you give me a price for the part i need to have it fixed please

    • Hi Dawn

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      We’ve got replacement units in stock and have sent you an email with full pricing and information.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Hi, power steering has gone heavy on 03 fita punto 1.2 8v. It is currently only when the car has been left a while. Please can you send me a price list through.

    Thanks

    • Hi Chris

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      We’ve got these in stock and have sent you an email with full pricing and information.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • I seem to have the same problem, power steering light has come on and city mode not working at all. How much firstly for part and secondly for part and fitting. Thanks

    • Hi Chris

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      We’ve sent you an email requesting further information. We need the year of the vehicle and your location for a customised quotation.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Hi Jason,

    I have a Punto 2004 which, surprise, surprise has this issue. Please can you send me full pricing information. I’m in GU14, Farnborough area and assume Basingstoke will be the closest to me. I have an MOT due at the end of the month and assume this will fail it? so will need doing ASAP.

    • Hi Kian

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      We’ve got the units in stock and can offer a same-day supply & fit service. We’ve sent you an email with full pricing and information including our fitting service.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Hi, I have a punto 03 active that has the same problem with the power steering, it seems as if when you go over a certain speed it works ok but when at low speed the light comes on and the steering goes really heavy. I recently put it in for an MOT and the garage said that it needs a new steering rack…. I was just wondering if you had any advice on weather this is the case and how much you would charge for parts/labour.

    Many thanks.

    Joe

    • Hi Joe

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      We’ve got these units in stock and have sent you an email with full pricing and information including the cost of our fitting service.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Hi Jason
    I have an 03 Punto, the power steering has become lose and when I full lock right it shuts down and I can barely turn the steering wheel. If I turn the car of and restart its fine. . I’d be gratful for advise and prices
    Thanks
    Steve.

    • Hi Steve

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      We’ve got these in stock and have sent you an email with full pricing and information.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Hi, my wifes 58 reg 1.4 grande Punto has the following Intermittant power steering issues :-
    No power, light on dash, key off and back on, then seems OK.
    Sometimes Heavy steer left, light steer right.
    sometimes feels a bit bumpy when turning.
    Your advice would be appreciated – we are in Peterborough.

    • Hi Ken,

      Thanks for the enquiry and apologies for the delay in getting back to you.

      We’ve got these Steering Columns in stock and have sent you an email with full pricing and information.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Hi PowerSteering,

    I have a 59 plate punto grande active.

    My powersteering light has come on and steering has become very heavy. Once switched off it returns to normality. This has been the case for a couple of months , normally when heavy use in on heating, wipers and music until last week where failures are seemingly every drive.

    Any chance you know what the issue is and if so, how can I get this fixed after being quoted 650+ to get the part to fix the issue?

    Many thanks,

    Matt

    • Hi Matt,

      Thanks for the enquiry.

      I can confirm we have these Fiat steering columns in stock and have sent you over an email with full pricing and information.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • My Fiat Panda100HP EPS problem is intermittent …switching on fog lights or rear screen heater returns steering to normal and extinguishes warning light.
    Increasing the load makes the steering okay..surely this is the opposite to what should happen.
    Alternator tested as ok.
    New battery
    Have you come across this problem before.

  • Hi, the power steering has failed on my fiat punto 1.2 ELX (2001). The garage that did the diagnostics told me it would cost in excess of £1K to get a new ps unit…which I can’t afford and the car isn’t worth spending that much on. Please could you tell me how much you would charge for supply & fit? Many thanks.

    • Hi Marta,

      Thanks for the enquiry.

      I can confirm we have these Fiat Punto steering columns in stock and have sent you over an email with full pricing and information.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • I bought a 55 plate Fiat Punto 2 days ago from a private seller and this morning the power steering went.
    I then have to pull over, turn of the engine, restart and it’s fine.
    The steering light comes up on the dashboard.
    Is this going to be expensive to fix? I am gutted as I only just bought the damn thing!!!

    • Hi Nikki,

      Thanks for the enquiry.

      We’ve got the replacement Fiat Punto Column units in stock and have sent you an email with full pricing and information.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Hello
    We have a 2002 Fait punto with a city button and the power steering as gone heavy and the light lit on the dash board. I have had an auto electrician read the fault code read and have told me it points to a faulty steering column. Could you give me a price for a replacement unit.

    • Hello Howard,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      I have sent over an email now with pricing and further information regarding the Fiat Punto Power Steering Column.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Hi….. Familiar problem….. Fiat Grande Punto Active 1.2 2006. Intermittent steering fault when power steering stops and steering goes heavy!

    Can you quote for parts and fitting please.

    Location is Cardiff, South Wales.

    Many thanks.

    • Hello Andy,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      I have sent over an email now with pricing and further information regarding the Fiat Punto Power Steering Column.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • I have a 2009 fiat grande punto. 1.4 16v go

    Steering problem intermittent, loss of steering and noise at slow manovering in one direction, it pulls to the left and won’t rest straight. Believe it is a steering column fault. Though can’t seem to find the right part number to purchase. 51826530

    Please could u email me a price. Also as I have the old unit do u take them back for a refund so u can reuse it? As need one ASAP so can’t wait for mine to be sent off then sent back?

    • Hello James,

      Thank you for your enquiry and many apologies for the delay in our response.

      I have sent over an email now with pricing and further information regarding the Power Steering Column for your Fiat Grande Punto.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Same as one of the posters above, fiat active sport ’03 with the intermittent issue, seems to be when turning right slowly/manoeuvring. Thanks,

    Ros

    • Hello Ros,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      I have sent over an email now with pricing and further information regarding a Electric Power Steering Column for your Fiat Active Sport.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Hi I have a 2006 fiat 1.4 8v grande punto, I have read above comments and am having same problem ie red light steering wheel on dash and very heavy steering could you please email price list for supply and supply and fit of eps motor thank your

    • Hello Jeff,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      Yes we get these units in on a daily basis. I have sent over an email now with pricing and further information regarding an Electric Power Steering Column for your Fiat Grande Punto.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Please can you send me over a price for one of your steering columns? I was performing a manoeuvre in my 02 plate 1.2 punto active and the steering went heavy and the light came on.

    • Hello Jo,

      Thank you for your enquiry and many apologies for the delay in our response.

      I have sent over an email now with pricing and further information regarding the Electric Power Steering Column for your Fiat Punto.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • could you send me price for fiat punto 1.2 power steering unit and fitting for 2000 model as red steering wheel light on and gone stiff, thanks. alan

    • Hello Alan,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      I have sent over an email now with pricing and further information regarding an Electric Power Steering Column for your Fiat Punto.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Hi. I have a 2006 punto 1.4 multi jet. Needs power steering motor assembly. Could you please send me a price for supply? Any other info needed just let me know.

    • Hello Billy,

      Thank you for your enquiry and many apologies for the delay in our response.

      I have sent over an email now with pricing and further information regarding a Power Steering column for your Fiat Punto.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

    • Hello John,

      Thank you for your enquiry,

      I have sent over an email now with pricing and further information regarding a Power Steering column for your Fiat Punto.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

    • Hello Ian,

      Thank you for your enquiry,

      I have sent over an email now with further information regarding a Power Steering Column for your Fiat Punto.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

    • Hello Sue,

      Thank you for your enquiry,

      I have sent over an email now with pricing and further information regarding a Power Steering Column for your Fiat Punto

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Hi,
    I have this very issue with my 2006 fiat punto. Stiff steering and a warning light! could you send me price and fitting info please

    • Hello Craig,

      Thank you for your enquiry,

      I have sent over an email now with further information regarding a Power Steering Column for your Fiat Punto.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Hi Jason, I have a 2005 punto 1.2 that’s had the red steering light come on, steering is fine now but it has gone heavy in the past. Could you forward me pricing information? Also I’m in Northern Ireland would this be a problem for shipping?!

    • Hello Darren,

      Thank you for your enquiry,

      I have sent over an email now with further information regarding a Power Steering Column for your Fiat Punto.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Hi

    I have a 2004 1.2 punto starting to demonstrate this problem (mainly after the temperature sensor went first and has now been replaced),

    Could you send me some information about the power steering column replacement.

    • Hello Jon,

      Thank you for your enquiry, and many apologies for the delay in our response.

      I have sent over an email now with pricing and further information regarding the EPS Column on your Fiat Punto.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Hi there,

    Pretty much the sAme issue as the above comments.

    I have a 2006 grande Punto 1.9 multi jet. My power steering had gone and I was advised to buy a second hand steering column. My mechanic has fitted this but the steering isn’t 100% I’m currently driving in city mode which is just about reflecting how driving without city mode would feel. I’ve been told by fiat that the columns need to be matching, I’ve got a picture of my faulty Collumn with a reading of: 55703373 which I believe is the most common. I’ve had check at the second hand one I bought but the stricker has come off so I’m unsure if it’s the correct one fitted, all wires connect fine though.

    How would I know if this is the correct/incorrect Collumn? How do I know if has been coded occordingly? And also how much would a correct Collumn from you guys cost? Cheers Phil.

    • Hello Phil,

      Thank you for your enquiry, and many apologies for the delay in our response.

      An email has been sent over now with pricing and further information regarding the repair of your Fiat Grande Punto EPS Column.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Please can u send me price for steering eps module for punto 2005. Have had the red light come on dash 2 or 3 times intermittently although car seems to be driving fine so far

    • Hello Mo,

      Thank you for your enquiry, and many apologies for the delay in our response.

      I have just sent over an email now with pricing and further information regarding the Electric Power Steering Column on your Fiat Punto.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Hello I jus boot Fiat Punto 1.3 Mjet and i Have sterrin wheel problem setrrin led is on and sterring wheel go hard what shuld I do

    • Hello Pece,

      Thank you for your enquiry, and many apologies for the delay in our response.

      An email with pricing and further information regarding the Electric Power Steering Column on your Fiat Punto has just been sent to you right now.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • I have a fiat punto grande active sport . The power streering has been a serious problem with it cutting off while im driving . Ive been told the same thing about its the column which will cost me alot, so i wanted to know how much it will actually cost to supply & fit this part?

    • Hello Kallum,

      Thank you for your enquiry, and many apologies for the delay in our response.

      I have just sent over an email now with pricing and further information regarding the Electric Power Steering Column on your Fiat Grande Punto.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

  • Hi. I have a 2005 reg punto with similar power steering issue. Initially intermittent and corrected by start and stop ignition . Now permanent loss of power assist. Can you quote me for replacement please. Including delivery to rep. Of ireland if possible. Cheers

    • Hello Patrick,

      Thank you for your enquiry, and many apologies for the delay in our response.

      I have sent over an email now with pricing and further information regarding the repair of your Fiat Punto Electric Power Steering Column.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      POWER STEERING SERVICES

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