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NO bonnet release cable :(

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by martinivw, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. martinivw
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    Anyone know how to release the bonnet latch when there is no cable attached??,
    The plastic housing under the bonnet where the 2 cable parts join (as its a 2 part cable) had snapped causing a loss in tension resulting in the cable coming off the latch and landing in the belly pan :(
    i had the car up on the ramp yesterday to see if I could get to it from the bottom,
    no joy :(,
    I think cutting the grill to try and access the latch might be an option? but thought I'd ask if anyone had any better ideas?
    :(
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    Did this myself once - got to the latch from the underside by removing the radiator fan - lots of scuffed knuckles and swearing from what I remember. I also seem to remember having intercooler hoses off, but I'm pretty sure we didn't drop that out too. Not too helpful I know (I must have blocked out the exact solution due to the pain of the experience), but there is definitely a route to the latch from underneath. If grills were cheaper, i'dve just cut it!
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    The old way was to drill a hole in the grill at the right point and use a screwdriver as a lever. not sure it's still possible but might be worth some research.

    ...or you could just call your breakdown service and have them do it.
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    Great idea, I think direct line will get a call this week before I cut out grill,
    i could see my neighbours blinds twitching as I acted out my Basil Faulty routine again today lol
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    lol yea, hitting it with a branch will do it. :lmfao:

    If the breakdown guy reaches for a drill, tell him you're gonna take pictures - then he'll be more thoughtful. :icon_thumright:
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    Thats a bugger of a job tbh
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    Tell me about it :(
    Im doubtfull about breakdown service looking at it,
    I do like a challenge!! :weight_lift2:
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