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    Hi, I've been reading all the good stuff on here about this problem. My cable is detatched at the bonnet end. No amount of pushing, shoving or pulling of cable is shifting it.

    Trouble is I've got a DTI with aircon. I've pulled the bumber at the bottom (can't get the tops mounts out as the bonnet is down so tight) and all I've got is 3 layers of rads i.e engine rad, intercooler and aircon rad. Look up and there is just a black plastic panel screening everything across the full width.

    Front grill is all blanked off at the top and the bit nearest the badge also has the linkage for the safety release in it's own housing in the way so no access their either.

    How on earth am I going to solve this. None of the solutions that I've found on the forum will work. I think my only solution is break out the grill and then fit a replacement.

    Any help gratefully received.

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    Tim.
    Last edited by Landytim; 16th December 2010 at 21:40.

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    I think you may have answered your own question.... best get the new cable and new grille ordered.

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    I've noticed the release mechanism loves to collect road salt and then rust to hell, it's well worthwhile all of us doing regular checks/lubes to avoid a situation like Tim's.

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    I was looking at mine the other day and was thinking that if you can get your arm up in front or the aircon rad to where the bonnet catch is from bellow the car, then using some strong flat steel, like the bands for attaching road signs to posts, shape a slight curve then push it between where the pin on the bonnet goes through the catch in the slam panel. Start closest to the grill then slide/wiggle/force it around towards the passengers side then keep sliding it around and stop a cm short of the opposite side of where you started. Leave the metal band there. This should allow the pin to slide over the catch spring connected to the release cable when you lift the bonnet.
    Just a thought.

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    What about removing the front bumper? Would that not give more room? Preface only have 3 screws in either wheel arch and 4 plastic rivets underneath do they not?

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    That would make it alot easier but there are 2 plastic rivets holding the bumper on under the bonnet, 1 next to each light. Maybe just breaking these is the best bet but not sure what would break first bumper or rivets. Both are missing from mine, i'll leave it this way just in case.
    Can the under tray bit (with the 4 plastic rivets) be detached from the bumper? If not then it seems removing the bumper and snapping the 2 rivets (if there) is the only way to gain good access without breaking the grill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisBilly View Post
    That would make it alot easier but there are 2 plastic rivets holding the bumper on under the bonnet, 1 next to each light. Maybe just breaking these is the best bet but not sure what would break first bumper or rivets. Both are missing from mine, i'll leave it this way just in case.
    Can the under tray bit (with the 4 plastic rivets) be detached from the bumper? If not then it seems removing the bumper and snapping the 2 rivets (if there) is the only way to gain good access without breaking the grill.
    Ah was not sure about that. Lower grills push inwards though, mabye enough room to get to those rivets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisBilly View Post
    That would make it alot easier but there are 2 plastic rivets holding the bumper on under the bonnet, 1 next to each light. Maybe just breaking these is the best bet but not sure what would break first bumper or rivets. Both are missing from mine, i'll leave it this way just in case.
    Can the under tray bit (with the 4 plastic rivets) be detached from the bumper? If not then it seems removing the bumper and snapping the 2 rivets (if there) is the only way to gain good access without breaking the grill.
    Yes, they can - I had to do it recently when I dropped a bolt down the front of the engine bay.

    They are the usual 3-pronged clips that you push the pin into the middle of to fix them in place. The only difference is that the centre pin has a cap on the end which means that you pull them out rather than pushing them in.

    Maybe removing these and the Torx screws at the front of the wheelarches will allow the bumper to move enough to get an arm or some tools up towards the bonnet release mechanism?

    As above, I don't know what would happen if you tried to force the clips under the bonnet, but maybe you can get away without needing to.

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    remove the bottom belly tray and reach up with a piece of steel/wood . you should be able to flick the release mechanism.

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    Sorry guys. none of this works, I had the lower sction of bumper off. Can't get the rest off as the bonnet is shut so tight you can't get any access to those other 2 plastic rivets.

    Even if I could there is no access to get to where the catch is. It's completely shielded by a big plastic cover over the whole of the underside of the slam panel. Not sure if this is something to do with it being a Signum but it's very different to all the photos and descriptions.

    I've ordered a grill and will have to resort to breaking the exisiting one tomorrow. Can't see any other option.

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