Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2001 18:05:01 GMT
From: Ernesto Grundseth <>
Subject: Re: 96 V4  - Stuck Bonnet (Hood)

This exact thing happened to me. I just took the grill off and unscrewed the front facia. When the front facia is loose you can realign facia so it lines up with the pin. Then use a big screwdriver and get someone to pull on the cable(or linkage if your cable broke). Regards Ernesto In article <>, "Simon W," <> wrote: >I've had a minor disaster with my 1972 96 V4. I didn't check that the >bonnet (hood) had located in its runners before I pushed down on the nose to >lock it. > >Now I can't open it! In fact the extra tugging has resulted in the bonnet >release cable breaking (bugger!). > >So, does any one know of a way to open it up without resorting to an angle >grinder. Because the rear of the bonnet hasn't located properly the locking >pin isn't central in the body hole. Even manually operating the locking >mechanism has no effect. > >To make it worse this happened 20 mins before its MOT (annual roadworthiness >check). Which it failed, obviously, for being "unable to open bonnet" (and >a couple of other things which I won't go into). > >Any ideas? > >-- >Simon > >Brighton >England > > >

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