Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2003 18:37:27 GMT
From: Paul Halliday <pjghnopsamyonder.co.uk>
Subject: Bonnet front adjustment


The car: 1989 Saab 900 T8 Special My bonnet/hood (hereafter "bonnet") has been bugging me recently. With it closed, I can fit my index finger between the headlamp and the bonnet on the off-side and my little finger in the nearside. Have a look at this picture to see what I mean: http://www.pjgh.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/saab/orca_episode3/source/orca_-_mesh_g rill.html I've had a thumb through the Haynes and found no mention of what to do here. I've opened the bonnet and had a good look at the mechanism. I think I've found what appear to be adjustment bolts. The bonnet to secured to the body either side of the radiator in the engine bay. In front of the radiator, there are two bolts that can be accessed by removing the grille. The off-side bolt is pretty sheared and couldn't be turned, but I was able to turn to near-side. Assuming I'm doing the right thing here, which way do I turn them to lower to bonnet at the front? The near-side is fully turned in, but slackening it off appears to allow the bonnet to raise at the front so I presume tightening it lowers the bonnet front. Could I lower it further by packing some washers behind the bolt? What about the off-side sheared nut? It should be a 13mm socket, but this spins on the nut. Is it worth forcing an Imperial socket onto this to remove and replace? Any advice would be very much appreciated, Paul 1989 900 Turbo S http://saab.go.dyndns.org/

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