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peter2b
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done it again

Post by peter2b » Thu 26 Feb, 2015 10:19

fitted a new bonnet catch( thanks Andy) onto the slam pannel gently lowed the bonnet then swmbo came into the garage said that look good now and lent on the bonnet :( ,guess what can't get the bonnet release to work ,lever by your right knee has tension when pulled but the bonnet doesn't pop up, I think the plungers are too short and are jamming in the catches,any one got a easy way to release the bonnet catches please
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Mor61e
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Re: done it again

Post by Mor61e » Thu 26 Feb, 2015 12:34

I'm sure you would have tried this but just on the off chance you haven't, get 1 person to pull up on the bonnet while the other is pulling the release handle. It might not have enough tension to pop it by itself but with a bit of extra force it might work
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mwpe
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Location: Camberley

Re: done it again

Post by mwpe » Thu 26 Feb, 2015 13:00

Mor61e wrote:I'm sure you would have tried this but just on the off chance you haven't, get 1 person to pull up on the bonnet while the other is pulling the release handle. It might not have enough tension to pop it by itself but with a bit of extra force it might work
You actually probably need to get someone to press down on the bonnet to release the tension on the latches. I had this problem on my E46 compact :)

deni2s
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Re: done it again

Post by deni2s » Thu 26 Feb, 2015 13:15

Push the car on some uneven ground and try then - the roadster is quite flexible... that helps me, when I can't open the hood.

peter2b
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Re: done it again

Post by peter2b » Thu 26 Feb, 2015 13:32

cheers ,great minds think the same , i thought I would try getting swmbo to pull the lever whilst I jumped on the bonnet, nice to know I'm not the only one to get stuck
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Davejue1
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Location: Mansfield

Re: done it again

Post by Davejue1 » Thu 26 Feb, 2015 13:33

mwpe has the same thought as I. Get someone to press down on the latches. Should do the trick. :)
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Fender2004
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Re: done it again

Post by Fender2004 » Thu 26 Feb, 2015 13:52

Like the idea of driving on uneven ground, have to try and remember that one. :rtm:
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Re: done it again

Post by beerbelly » Thu 26 Feb, 2015 16:48

i come across this a lot at work I usually pull the catch and at the same time reach over the door and slap the bonnet near the scuttle they always pop up

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andy18n
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Re: done it again

Post by andy18n » Thu 26 Feb, 2015 16:50

Someone at the beer and burger event at East Mids aeropark told me a trick to release the bonnet last year and for the life of me I can't remember it. Sorry. I can't even remember his name but its the chap with the blue Z3 with refurbished Lotus White leather seats - think it might have been 'Mint' on here? He warned me to keep the bonnet latches well lubricated!!
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Davejue1
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Re: done it again

Post by Davejue1 » Thu 26 Feb, 2015 18:39

andy18n wrote:Someone at the beer and burger event at East Mids aeropark told me a trick to release the bonnet last year and for the life of me I can't remember it. Sorry. I can't even remember his name but its the chap with the blue Z3 with refurbished Lotus White leather seats - think it might have been 'Mint' on here? He warned me to keep the bonnet latches well lubricated!!
Your right it's 'mint'! :)
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bazza1966
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Re: done it again

Post by bazza1966 » Thu 26 Feb, 2015 19:02

He is also called Dave sometimes :roflmao:
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Davejue1
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Re: done it again

Post by Davejue1 » Thu 26 Feb, 2015 19:10

bazza1966 wrote:He is also called Dave sometimes :roflmao:
He is! Nice fella, nicks ya seat when your at meets as well, have to watch them sort you know!! :D
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Mint
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Re: done it again

Post by Mint » Thu 26 Feb, 2015 20:39

Davejue1 wrote:
bazza1966 wrote:He is also called Dave sometimes :roflmao:
He is! Nice fella, nicks ya seat when your at meets as well, have to watch them sort you know!! :D
And I'll do it again Dave :D :D

Yes I had this problem with the bonnet. I couldn't release it myself so took it to an indy. It took 3 blokes, 2 on the bonnet pressing down above the latches and the other pulling both the inner and the outer of the bonnet release cable from inside the car. They had to remove some of the trim to get at the cable fully. HTH.
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peter2b
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Re: done it again

Post by peter2b » Sun 01 Mar, 2015 18:45

all sorted thanks for all the tips ,found another thing that might help others, the small hose that goes from the over flow tank to the top of the radiator, If the pipe gets snapped, I found to get the brass tube that renforces it back in to the pipe without breaking it again, I used a 30w soldering iron i put it into the brass tube line it up with the pipe gentle pressure and the heat softens the pipe alllowing you to slowly push it fully into the pipe, I then used twin wall silicon 5mm bore pipe to connect in to the rad
job done
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Re: done it again

Post by TR4man » Sun 01 Mar, 2015 21:49

Well done - I guess your wife owes you a really big favour.....

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Southernboy
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Re: done it again

Post by Southernboy » Mon 02 Mar, 2015 10:43

New radiator overflow hose connector......... I had the same problem with the little pipe breaking off...I made this up and threaded the hole in the radiator, screwed this in with some epoxy, let it set hard and reconnected the rubber pipe with a small clamp..

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