Bonnet Release Cable Snapped
Posted 02 September 2012 - 02:10 PM
Posted 02 September 2012 - 04:54 PM
If there's some cable left hanging them try fishing it through the grille with a coat hanger, spray it with WD40 and try opening that way.
If no cable is accessible them you will probably have to cut a hole in the grille and access the catch that way.
Posted 02 September 2012 - 06:46 PM
Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:30 PM
It may be worth ringing a couple for quotes and go from there.
Posted 03 September 2012 - 07:38 AM
Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:52 PM
What ever you do, don't cut a hole in the grill. This is a really easy and straight forward job. Minimum tools and no swearing! I parked the car up on a kerb so I could get under it, then undid the bolts (10mm and 8mm) that hold the drip tray on. then push the whole tray towards the back of the car and it just pops off. Watch your eyes, it will be full of dirt. Then, lay on your back and look up through the gap. You can clearly see the lock mechanism. Unclip the sensor (a bit fiddly but makes it easier for the next bit). You will be able to see 2 x 10mm bolts either side, you can get to these easily with a small socket wrench and when undone, be careful because the lock cover will fall onto your face. Once the cover is off, you can see the catch lever at the bottom, flick it to the left and hey presto, bonnet open!
Hope this helps, the comments above almost had me attacking the grill with a hacksaw blade!
Posted 02 May 2013 - 08:03 AM
Given Stimmos suggestion I strongly advise the use of a pair of goggles, or similar. If you do not have a pair of goggles, perhaps a hemet from a suit of armour, a motorbike, or a welders shield
Posted 02 May 2013 - 08:30 AM
I would imagine the OP has fixed this by now given the age of this thread.
The key is then to follow SteveTR's how-to thread on the Smax owners club forum to prevent it from happening again.
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