Bonnet Alignment

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z3bedee
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  Z3 roadster 2.2i

Bonnet Alignment

Post by z3bedee » Wed 14 Sep, 2011 12:55

Hi all. I presume this is a common problem as quite a few people have mentioned it to me at meets and on this forum. It concerns the bonnet to bumper gaps at the front. Certainly the gaps on my car were wider on the drivers side than on the passenger side (sorry I have no pics but I have already fixed it). I have read all manner of posts where people are moving the bumper up and down etc. so I thought I would relay what the problem was with my car and how quick and easy it was to rectify as I suspect that it is the same problem on other peoples.
It was quite simply the drivers side catch that wasn't.....well catching
As you will see in the photo the spring wire that holds the bonnet down is missing. Fortunately it was just hiding inside and was stuck with gunge.

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A bit of WD40 and a quick broddle with a screwdriver and out it popped.

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I cleaned it all up, greased it, closed the bonnet and voila perfect fit with equal gaps at both sides.
If you are still not happy with the gaps there is an excellent post from Deano1712 of how to adjust them which again is very easily done without even touching the bumper. ( If you search on bonnet alignment the original post is from ms.smally and Deanos is part of that.
I hope this helps someone and saves a lot of unecessary dismantling. :)

rosewellian
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  Z3 roadster 1.8 TU
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Post by rosewellian » Wed 14 Sep, 2011 20:36

Thanks for this I will check mine and see if it also adjusts the front/rear alignment as my passenger side wiper arm is catching the bonnet and has rubbed the paint off. :(
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aceman
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Location: Wakefield

Post by aceman » Wed 14 Sep, 2011 22:34

rosewellian wrote:Thanks for this I will check mine and see if it also adjusts the front/rear alignment as my passenger side wiper arm is catching the bonnet and has rubbed the paint off. :(
I had that problem on my last zed cured by loosening the bonnet hinge bolts on the wings and lifting a few mm, did not noticebly effect the bonnet alignment and cured the wipers catching.
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Post by Bill- » Tue 20 Sep, 2011 09:33

rosewellian wrote:Thanks for this I will check mine and see if it also adjusts the front/rear alignment as my passenger side wiper arm is catching the bonnet and has rubbed the paint off. :(
On the e34 5 series I had, the wiper catching the bonnet was a common fault linked to the wiper mechanism weåring out and becoming loose with play in it.
I suspect this would be why your wipers are hitting the bonnet top, espesh as the Z3 Bonnet is attached to the car at the wiper end with big hinges which seems to me any bonnet movement would be at the other (grill/front) end

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