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#1 jones47

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 02:10 PM

Can any one tell me how to open the bonnet as the cable has snapped, tried to access from underneath but impossible,

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#2 Stoney871

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 04:54 PM

Is any cable left hanging from the catch or has it snapped off right by the release?
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.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 05:07 PM

Here's a link

http://www.fordowner...t-lock-problem/

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 06:46 PM

The car is a S-MAX and the cable has snapped right by the lock, even if i cut a hole in the gril will have to unbolt lock as it is completely covered, is there any easier way

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:30 PM

If you take it to a garage they will probably cut the grille too.
It may be worth ringing a couple for quotes and go from there.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 08:44 PM

Thanks for for that guys

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 07:38 AM

I think you have to access the back of the latch from underneath - car on ramp - lots of tools & swearing I believe!

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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!



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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 :P



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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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Posted 11 October 2013 - 06:26 PM

Hi all,

 

New member, thanks for the above advice helped alot, I would just like to add that if you have the 2.2 TCDi then this is a lot harder job as there is a air charge cooler, in the way and the horn mounted at the right hand end of the cooler.

 

It is a bit of a git to remove, but straight forward job to do with very little mechanical knowledge.

 

Took me 3 hours to do it in all, once cooler removed there is the air intake above it which makes life hard to gain access to the bolts mentioned above as it is clipped in on top, bottom and both sides, but again straight forward enough and I have big hands recomend using a 10mm rachet spanner once losened of by ratchet to allow better access ( and to reduce the swearing and spanner rash )

 

Top tip before refitting remove your head lights ( 2 x Screws and 1 x Cable ) to allow better access to the hoses at either end of the cooler back together in 30 mins much easrier.

 

In all easy job for a mornings work and for £22 for the cable and to save £130 labour charge :) , but if you have access to ramps or a pit that would be much better than using a curb as i think removal of the cooler would be a big swearing job, at least portable car ramps to allow better ground clearance.



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Posted 13 October 2013 - 03:38 PM

Have you treated it to prevent it snapping again in the future?



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Posted 18 October 2013 - 10:36 PM

Have you treated it to prevent it snapping again in the future?

 

No i haven't as the new cable now comes with a rubber boot over the elbow to stop this happening again.

 

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 09:50 PM

That rubber boot won't stop the issue.

 

The issue is that the steel cable itself rusts inside the Bowden sleeve.

 

You need to treat it with grease or it's just a matter of time before it will snap again.



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Posted 10 November 2013 - 06:18 PM

Hi,

How easy is it to replace the bonnet release cable on an  S-Max?  I got as far as removing air filter, battery cover and battery, but how on earth do you remove it from the bulk head in the passenger well?   The cable just disappears up behind he wiring loom. :(



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