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    Or my own clumsiness lol... Knocked/kicked the bonnet release getting out of car, thought i'd only tapped it so went into work...

    Just tried it now and its still out and lose - but not broke. but bonnets not popped? does the bumper now need to come off

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    If the cable is still attached just pull the whole handle out as if you were riping it out. The 2.2 is very open underneath. If you can get it on ramps you might be able to get your hand up and realise the spring.

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    if it don't work mate, you'll have to take the bumper off. i had this problem a couple months ago

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    Quote Originally Posted by rushy View Post
    If the cable is still attached just pull the whole handle out as if you were riping it out. The 2.2 is very open underneath. If you can get it on ramps you might be able to get your hand up and realise the spring.
    you cant as the bumper covers the bottom of the radiator where the striker is directly above

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    you have any problems. give me a shout Leemarksmith. i have found an easy way to open without damaging anything

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    Quote Originally Posted by rushy View Post
    If the cable is still attached just pull the whole handle out as if you were riping it out. The 2.2 is very open underneath. If you can get it on ramps you might be able to get your hand up and realise the spring.
    wont that brake it bud? or is it on a detachable hinge...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keithy View Post
    you have any problems. give me a shout Leemarksmith. i have found an easy way to open without damaging anything
    How? gonna run out in a bit and try yank it...

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    if it dont open by pulling the cable. ty this

    1. jack up car
    2. remove the bumper
    3. remove the bottom radiator mounts(this gives you a couple more inches to get your hand in)
    4. Reach up the front of the radiator and pull the rubber/plastic cover which covers the striker. Pull it towards the front of the car over the top of the radiator.
    5. Lying down uder the car looking up using a torch between the radiators, you will now see the lock and striker
    6. whilst holding the torch. Use your other hand with a long screwdriver to go from the front over the top of the radiator to undo the lock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keithy View Post
    if it dont open by pulling the cable. ty this

    1. jack up car
    2. remove the bumper
    3. remove the bottom radiator mounts(this gives you a couple more inches to get your hand in)
    4. Reach up the front of the radiator and pull the rubber/plastic cover which covers the striker. Pull it towards the front of the car over the top of the radiator.
    5. Lying down uder the car looking up using a torch between the radiators, you will now see the lock and striker
    6. whilst holding the torch. Use your other hand with a long screwdriver to go from the front over the top of the radiator to undo the lock.
    Cheers, gonna give it a pull... will have to try above at weekend. good job i filled the washer jets up this morning

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    Problem is 2 of the fittings for the bumper are inside the bonnet, you might be able to swing the bottom out though. With your Irmy grill you have more room to play with, you might be able to get in through the grill with some curved pin noes pliers and undo the spring.

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