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Bonnet issues

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Burkin, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. Burkin

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    Hi this morning I opened the bonnet of my a3 and it opened fine and so I topped up my water. I close the bonnet and it just pops up again. It won't close at all I tried pulling the bonnet release and everything but the bonnet will not close! I think it may be the metal pins that catch the bonnet in place but cannot be sure. Can anyone help me?
     
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  3. JRock247

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    My friend had a similar issue and after a little investigation he found that it was caused by the end of the bonnet release cable rusting inside the lock mechanism causing it to seize. Squirting a bit of WD40 inside the locking mechanism and exercising the bonnet release might free it up a bit for a quick fix but for a more permanent solution you need to take the lock mechanism out and clear out some of the rust. Then your car's bonnet release will be as good as new!
     
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    Ok cheers
     
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    Don't forget to post back your results for others to see.
     
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    Didn't seem to help really I think as I opened it the bonnet release cable has given in and closing didn't seem able still so I have booked it into the garage to sort it
     
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    Is the handle going back into position, or staying in the open position ? Cable could be sticking, or latch.
     
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    I got it checked by Audi Northampton yesterday and the bonnet catch was completely stiff and the bonnet release cable had snapped (as I thought) so they both had to be replaced unfortunately. I tried wd40 and it didn't help the mechanism so it was the only resort
     

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