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My E270 CDi 2002 bonnet is stuck

Discussion in 'Bodywork, Tyres, Wheels & Trim' started by gmee, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. gmee

    gmee Senior Member

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    I cannot release the nearside bonnet catch. The o/s releases ok but the little catch in the grill doesn't pop out, it has to be searched for and pulled out. When the little catch is pulled it release the o/s but the n/s catch remains firmly closed. I cannot see how to get in to release the bonnet catch by hand. I have tried squirting WD40 through the grill into the area where the catch is to no effect. I cannot see how to remove the grill from the outside - can anyone help please?
     
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    Try pushing down on the bonnet a little to take the pressure off whilst pulling the release catch.

    Failing that, shift the bonnet from side to side to see if that helps.
     
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    gmee

    gmee Senior Member

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    I have tried both these methods with no results but thanks for your quick response
     
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    ahh ok, has it released to the first stage i.e the bonnet pops up a bit but needs the catch pulled?

    If so, that would indicate the cable is still connected/working.

    I guess it's going to be the actual front catch unable to do the final release or the actual mechanism is stuck.

    If you can lift the bonnet high enough with a helper try locating the pin which locates into the front cross member. Once found maybe use a piece of wood with a small hammer to nudge it in different directions with the hope of freeing it up.
     
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    gmee

    gmee Senior Member

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    The cable does seem to be working ok. The o/s part of the bonnet release a little but the n/s is firmly closed - not any room to get fingers in to lift and lifting o/s does not give much more room. It definately looks like the pin is stuck in the cross member locking hole.
     
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    television Always remembered RIP

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    The cable will have slipped or broken, it may be possible to get under the front of the car and move the lock with a large screw driver
     
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    i have fixed the problem. I managed to get the car on a ramp and did exactly what Television suggested so thanks very much to him and the others who offered suggestions.
     

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