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    confused Bonnet release failed

    Can't release the bonnet using the drivers side pull handle, the bonnet is tightly shut. Any other way of opening it? Need to check the oil but last time I checked it was near full. 200mile journey to Cumbria on holiday for a week tomorrow. Help!

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    just get someone to push down on the bonnet for you will you pull the release ..........this should work.............yours is probibly like mine and needs greasing

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    well you can try pulling bonnet release at same time someone pulling bonnet up, it may work but cable may have had it,

    you car try dissconnecting cable from bonnet relase handle and pulling it with pliers ----- might work???

    in which case i think the only when it is to remove the headlight,

    this is a really awkward task.

    headlights arent designed to be removed with bonnet closed specialist tools required,

    or by replacment headlight of ebay.

    and a hammer --------still be cheaper than stealers

    HTH

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    This thread might help mate, pic as well

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    i had this problem, if i pulled the handle, and someone else pulled the bonnet up it was ok.

    Next to where the bonnet clicks in, there are two black rubbery things, unscrew them slightly, and it solved the problem

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    If the above doesn't help, you can remove the grille from underheath easily with bonnet closed.

    Then simply push the catch.

    Seems to be a common fault, the cable slips out of the bracket securing it to the front of car.

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