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    URGENT HELP: Bonnet won't open, any other way? 8P S3

    Guys,

    Recently I have noticed that my bonnet has been harder to open via the lever under the dash.

    This evening, I went to try open the bonnet but alas, the latch would not disengage!!

    I don't want to yank at it too much because I will break it. I can hear the latch at the bonnet end moving slightly but it still is not opening.

    Anyone any idea's or experience (without contacting the local hoods) how to open the bonnet by other means??

    Will call into Audi tomorrow and ask their advice......

    Thanks

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    hi i work in a vw dealer and we see this problem quite alot its the catch thats corroded shut have you tried getting someone to push/pull (bang) the actual bonnet near or on top of the catch while someone works the release lever once you get it open you need to get the catch changed as soon as possible as in the worst case you have to get at the 3 screws behind the grill hope this helps

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    Thanks mate - I will try after dinner.

    I have the bonnet open on a regular basis and I notice every difference about my car so I will be surprised to see if it is corroded :-(

    I will let you know.

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    Get someone to push down on the front over the catch while you pull the lever.
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    My girlfriend is too scared lol

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    Trade her in for a more useful one
    Often if you get the weight off the catch it moves more freely.
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    Yup, need to try to work it as mentioned above. Once opened (fingers crossed) plenty of WD40 while you repeatedly work the latch open & closed with a screwdriver.
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    to be honest they do corrode for a passtime but as Khufu said above spay the c"£$ out of it and test it by flicking over the catch with a screw driver and pull the cable tho it also could be the rubber stops are too far out and need turning in a turn or two as that would make it sit up higher and put more strain on the catch just a thought

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    common problem on the mk5 golf too mate i bet its corroded as said get someone to either bang on the bonnet or push it down to try and release the catch then as said once opened lub the hell out of it
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    this happen to mine it turned out the cable between the lever and latch was faulty though
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    It amazes me to see such issues with our cars when a Lada from 1980 still goes on with no hiccups. I know our cars are more complex but for godness sake keep the simple stuff simple VW. No complex: Cup holder mechanisms, golvebox mechanisms, boot release, bonnet release, steering racks, window regulators, over sensitive electrical system etc etc. Just keep it simple man!!

    We dont need a cup holder to flip 360 deg and then does a triple somersault before opening like the one on the Polo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCRAW View Post
    We dont need a cup holder to flip 360 deg and then does a triple somersault before opening like the one on the Polo.
    Haha quality moment.

    Im rebirthing this thread due to noticing my bonnet catch was a little stiff. I had this issue with my Mk5 as well so took out the catch and lubed it up... as it happens it now wont re open the bonnet when it was fine before just stiff!!

    Haha. Gona try the banging procedure. In my mind it was my plan B but just wanted to check what others had done.

    Thanks guys

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    Problem solved. Easy! As it happens the bolt holes leave room for height adjustment on the height the bonnet sits from the bumper. I had lowered those settings haha.

    But to future bonnet catch fitters be aware that you need to loosly fit the 3 bolts then hold the catch from underneath and push up as you tighten.

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