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#76 jeebowhite

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Posted 19 March 2014 - 02:31 PM

The white collet you seek is behind the black rubber grommet you need to remove this first.



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Posted 20 March 2014 - 08:19 PM

Tried this repair on my Focus Cmax 2004 tonight. Ordered 12" long nose pliers and 300mm screw driver even though I might have one some where! Dirt cheap off Amazon and took advantage of my free Prime trial for next day delivery.

 

However, the pliers would not fit through the holes in the grille, I was luck in that I could still just manage to open the boot and removed the rubber stopper. I then close the bonnet and was able to get my screwdriver in above the cable on the white connecter as shown in the pics. However, when applying pressure and turning the key I heard no popping or clicking of it going back together.

 

If i turn the key down to the left I hear no mechanism same as before with lots of messing i can get it to open so far but turning to position 2 does not release the bonnet.

 

I must admit I was doing this on my own and it was getting dark, I'll have one more go tomorrow with my wife turning the key.

 

Anyone done this who lives in Cheshire and keen to assist?

 

Any other recommendations? If this doesn't work what's the next cheapest alternative?



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Posted 20 March 2014 - 08:38 PM

Should your long thin screwdriver's head be going into one of the holes on the white piece and apply pressure?



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Posted 20 March 2014 - 08:45 PM

Same as in these videos?

 

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 09:02 PM

Nice find there Wayne!



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Posted 20 March 2014 - 09:12 PM

Who can suggest a nice long thin cheap metal thing to get into one of the.holes? My flat head screw driver.is too big and is it essential to get into one of the holes? I wire coat hanger is too bendy.

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 02:14 AM

most flat head screwdrivers should do the job. I recently bought a set of long reach cross and flat head screwdrivers from "Family Bargains" (Part of the 99p family) for £1.99 I think. Looks like if I ever need it, it will do the job nicely!



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Posted 21 March 2014 - 02:38 AM

A suitable length of threaded bar from a hardware shop should fit through the grille and give you suitable grip to push it.

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 08:29 AM

Does it need to go into one of the holes? I'll have another go before setting off  for the Lakes later today.



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Posted 21 March 2014 - 01:16 PM

I dont think it needs to go in the holes, but if it helps you to grip the screwdriver in place, then its a good place to start!



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Posted 06 April 2014 - 03:02 AM

I had this problem with my Focus ls 08. To fix this problem for my car. all i had to do was reach up from under the car and clip in a white rod that connects the lock.



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Posted 06 April 2014 - 03:54 AM

Some models have a hinged rod and some have a wire.
The wire type are the most problematic as any pressure applied from the side of the wire causes the tamper protection to kick in.
The rod type just tend to snap or unclip.

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 09:04 AM

The images are not working. Is there a chance this post could be fixed please?

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 08:55 PM

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 10:59 AM

Thanks for getting back to me. Between my first post and your reply, I took the catch out the car and noticed the white plus shaped peg on the actual catch needs pressing back into the white socket on the cable with the lock. What happens though is the white plus bit sink back into the enclosed catch mechanism. Is it supposed to do this as it doesn't seem to protrude far out enough to reengage the female hole. Any ideas?

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