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  1. LeonLion

    LeonLion Full Member

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    Hello, I'm having a problem with opening my bonnet, due to the catch not letting go and the plastic lever being completely useless. The level is pushed out of the grill quite bit and won't go back in either.
    Added an image showing what seems to be preventing the bonnet from opening.
    I tried sticking screwdriver in there and lifting it but to no avail
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  2. Sparkie

    Sparkie Angling Adict.

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    It’s due to build up of crap.
    Did a thread a while back. Had same problem. Needs 2 people really. One pull up bonnet far as poss. Loads of spray ed40 etc. Screw driver to push mechanism while wiggling the latch should free it. Took us about 5 goes. Use a torch too so you can see clearly.
    I’ll try and find thread.


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  3. LeonLion

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    Would the build up of crap also explain not locking fully unless pressed down really hard? As I had that problem just before this happened.
    What part of the mechanism do I need to push with the screwdriver? Is it the one that the spring is latched onto?
    Here's a picture to help.
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  4. Sparkie

    Sparkie Angling Adict.

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    Gave everything a poke and wiggle to try and get it all moving. There’s big build up where you can’t get to ( of course and it’s the worst as it reduces movement of lever. Right at the back. )
    I also tried moving the front and rear latches as much as poss.
    While doing all this and once or twice letting it all go, bonnet down and a quick shove on the bonnet Again to help it all start moving. Pull release from inside.
    Then prodded about. Yanked pretty hard on the release lever ( outside ) while pushing latched and it popped open. Then cleaned and greased before closing.
    I know that’s not technical but it’s all we could come up with as I was stressing out as Track day was approaching. It may help.


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  5. Sparkie

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    Main build up of crud is more or less these areas. Right hand arrow pointing to behind the front latch. [​IMG]


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  6. Sparkie

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    Could contribute to being hard to lock down, yes.
    Maybe a big bit of crud got in there. If it’s blocking where two parts latch then will make it worse.


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    Alright, cheers mate. I shall try and attempt to get it open tomorrow in the morning. Hopefully won't take me all day.
     
  8. bruceR

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    I had this happen a few years ago, managed to get it open the bonnet so stripped it out and gave it a good clean - boy there was some crap in it - greased it and refitted, not had any problems since (touch wood!)


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  9. Zardoz

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    Going to give mine a preventative scrub, not had any issue with the catch but don't remember ever giving it a good clean out.
     
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    Always a good pre-winter idea as it’s one of the pieces that get neglected most of the time


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  11. LeonLion

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    I managed to unlatch it. My problem was that the cable had come out of place and was no longer pulling the release lever. So I had to get under the car behind the radiator and try and find the lever with my hand. Got it after about 15 minutes of fiddling around.
    I will still clean the catch mechanism because it definitely is too dirty.
    Thanks again for the help.
     
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