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Bonnet cable problem

Postby goltho » Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:19 am

The bonnet pull became a little flimsy recently - by that I mean light to the pull - and the bonnet failed to open roughly one time in three. Yesterday, I couldn't get the bonnet open at all despite pulling carefully, then firmly, then took a chance and pulled very hard. Still nothing, so removed the mechanism from its pivot, unsnapped the lever with the cable nipple in it and pulled the cable just with the lever. The bonnet opened.

I managed to open it again three times whilst working on the car but it needed some effort and clearly it's not right. Do they stretch? Or does the bonnet latch give problems? Thanks.
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Re: Bonnet cable problem

Postby IanL » Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:53 am

If its a Bowden cable, they can usually be fixed by unclipping the end at the catch, lifting it high and getting oil in between the cable and the outer. Get a helper to work the release lever while you do it. You need to get the oil to flow all the length of the cable, so spray is not as good as an old-fashioned oilcan.

You should also grease the catch mechanism.

However, reading your words "light to the pull", that suggests the cable has frayed and is hanging on by a few strands, so replacement might be a good idea.
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Re: Bonnet cable problem

Postby goltho » Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:17 am

It was in fact an almost-seized mechanism which after freeing off, now works perfectly. The cable is fine.
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Re: Bonnet cable problem

Postby IanL » Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:56 am

The lever mechanism in the cabin, or the catch mechanism under the bonnet?
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Re: Bonnet cable problem

Postby goltho » Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:40 pm

IanL wrote:The lever mechanism in the cabin, or the catch mechanism under the bonnet?

Under the bonnet, sorry.
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