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    Default Bonnet catch - Smashed my grill.. now what?

    Just shredded my hands to bits & now am at the end of my tether with it.

    My bonnet cable seems to have become disconnected at the bonnet side, the release handle/cable is slack.

    I've smashed my grill to bits & now am still left unable to get the bonnet open?

    What exactly am I supposed to be doing now? I can follow the bar up from the little catch you press once the bonnet cable is pulled (To lift the bonnet) But it does nothing when I push it, & I cant access any further due to the plastic/rubber showd thing.

    Anyone able to help?

    Best regards

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    I think you have to push the spring lever to get it to make that first pop.

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    All I can feel/see is a round metal spring facing upward so how would I be able to push it?

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    http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showth...t=bonnet+stuck
    Try this mate it worked for me,bit of fiddling and a lot of swearing but it worked

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    With the diesels you have the intercooler rad in the way , best way i have found is when the grill is out the way , get a large flat screw driver and with the blade turned side on put it up against the spring at the back of the slam panel if you push against the spring you should feel it being forced back , now just give the end of the screw driver a good whack with a hammer and it will pop the release mechanism
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    Done! £10 for a replacement grill & it's fixed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJ0063 View Post
    Done! £10 for a replacement grill & it's fixed!
    You're lucky, I just tried this with nothing but a fail. Sorry for the thread ressurection.

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    Nice arty fart bit at 1 min 7 sec

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    That's a bit brutal lol, I managed by breaking to fins top right managed to get a long screwdriver under the plastic cover that hides the mechanism and dunt the leg that comes off the spring

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronnie63 View Post
    That's a bit brutal lol, I managed by breaking to fins top right managed to get a long screwdriver under the plastic cover that hides the mechanism and dunt the leg that comes off the spring
    Yeah i took that plastic bit off that hides that bit, but I guess the diesels are harder to get to. I can barely see the spring, it's a *****, seriously

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