Help - Cmax Bonnet Wont Open !
Posted 23 August 2010 - 08:51 PM
Posted 24 August 2010 - 08:30 AM
MY WIFE HAS AN 04 CMAX 1.6TDCI AND I WENT TO TOP UP THE WASHER FLUID AND THE BONNET WOULD NOT OPEN. I TURN THE KEY LEFT AND RIGHT BUT THE BONNET DOES NOT POP UP. I HAVE BEEN ON A NUMBER OF FORUMS BUT THERE IS NO CLEAR ANSWER. SOME SAY ATTACK THE GRILL WITH A HACKSAW TO ACCESS THE LOCK. OTHERS SAW DRILL TWO HOLES BEHIND THE FORD BADGE TO ACCESS TWO SCREWS WHICH YOU THEN DRILL OUT. A THIRD MENTIONS REMOVING THE PLASTIC TRAY UNDERNEATH THE FRONT OF THE BUMPER AND OPENING THE LOCK WITH A BENT PIECE OF WIRE. THIS IS OBVIOUSLY A COMMON FAULT ON ALL FOCUS'S. HAVE YOU HAD THIS PROBLEM AND HOW HAVE YOU SOLVED IT?
my cmax does the same, still does. Don't know if this works on yours but i can open mine by applying some upwards pressure on the bonnet as i turn the key to position 1 then 2 and it opens. Its as though its jammed and needs a helping hand, hope this helps.
Posted 21 January 2011 - 08:37 PM
I had the same problem with the bonnet lock. I found posts suggesting smashing the grill to remove the broken lock.
This seemed to be a bit drastic so I had a closer look at my car.
The part that had broken was the bowden cable connecting the key lock to the release mechanism behind the front grill.
I solved the problem by pushing the front of the lock back thru the grill, then removing by pulling it away from underneath the car after taking off the plastic sump guard.
Then using a large screwdriver and hammer, the old plastic part of the lock can be carfully broken away without damaging the grill.
This then reveals a plastic cross which when turned left will release the catch then turning right will open the bonnet.
The expensive option is to buy and fit a new lock.
I made a bar with a cross cut into the end which I leave in the car with a torch in case I need to open the bonnet in the dark.
Posted 30 January 2011 - 12:35 AM
I have literally just been outside to look a little closer and you can see through the grill.
What I did to open it was to get a standard kitchen knife and insert it into the upper gap of the grille above the lock. push the knife into the rubber surrounding the cable and then, while keeping the knife pushed in, turn the key. With a bit of luck the bonnet should pop up. It may be safer to use something other than a knife but I used what I had on hand.
The next bit is a bit harder as you then need to push the knife, turn the key to 2 AND lift the bonnet and with a little luck the bonnet should now be open.
I still have to attempt this next bit, but from here remove the two 10mm bolts that secure the catch and remove the lock (don't forget the electrical connector to the lower right before removing completely) there should be a cross shaped section of plastic sticking out of the lock and I believe that re-connecting this to the cable end not the lock SHOULD fix the issue... no idea how to remove it yet and it may be that you need to replace the plastic cross but I will let you know if my method works when I have some light to try it.
Posted 30 January 2011 - 12:14 PM
I used a pair of pliers and very carefully pulled on the clip. After a couple of failed attempts it DID pop out of the lock. There are two clips the same as the other end and with a little wiggling it does come out. To reconnect the clip to the white section can take a little luck. The clips on that end are square and not tapered to clip in easy I put one side in and pushed the other side in with a screwdriver.
Once this is done reassemble the lock barrel, cable and white assembly back into the front of the car and then the lock assembly REMEMBER THE CABLE otherwise the alarm might not work replace the 10mm bolts and before closing the bonnet insert the key and turn to 2 with luck the top release arm will be seen to rotate.
if it does, close the bonnet and test and (hopefully) the bonnet lock now works.
I hope this helps.
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