Bonnet will not lock down

Discussion in 'Bodywork' started by PeterE320Cdi, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. PeterE320Cdi

    PeterE320Cdi Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Just topped up the screen wash and now the bonnet will not lock in place. The release handle in the car is hanging down loose. Any ideas for a quick fix?

    Thanks, Peter
     
  2. Howard

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    Has the nipple that is connected to the wire come out of it's locating point on the handle ...

    Get in the footwell with a torch and have a look .... if so clip it back in ...
     
  3. Dieselman

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    It sounds like the catches or cable has jammed. The handle should be pulled back up by the catch springs.
     
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    PeterE320Cdi Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Thanks for the advice, I can not see a loose wire so think it is corroded. I have sprayed WD40 all over the catches under the bonnet to see if it will loosen.

    Do you know if the cable & catches are sold separately or if it will all be in one expensive kit?
     
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    PeterE320Cdi Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    The WD40 seems to have done the trick. The handle is back in the normal position and the bonnet now shuts.
     
  7. Alps

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    mine done the same when i was at the petrol station, jiggled the handle about and seemed to sort it.
     
  8. IanA2

    IanA2 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Now you need to grease it.
     
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    kraftwerk Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I had this problem when I first got my 129. Took me a while to realise the release handle needs pushing right back in before dropping the bonnet.
     
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