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Re: Renault Laguna I - Phase 2 - Bodywork - Bonnet opening problems !

Originally Posted by Dancingdad View Post
Excellent. Lot better then cutting holes.

Free em off and grease everything but it's still going to be heart in mouth time when you close the bonnet again
Learnt a lot this week! Think part of the problem was that the latches were packed with grease, I went well OTT and the downside it collected all sorts grit and stuff that restricted its movement, so out with old tooth brush and repeated soaking in a container of petrol to de-solve everything after a couple of hours it was sparkling and when it dried off I hit it with loads of WD40, now I thought the cable had stretched but a slight pull now has the catches popping open so easy. When the time came to close the bonnet I cut a length of plastic string, like the stuff farmers use on their bailing machines and tied it to the nearside catch pull (plastic bit where both cables join) then ran it across and down the hole next to the one for the headlight adjustment and drop it down through the plastic under cover, the bit sort of triangular shaped and tie it off on one of its slots, then give it a pull to check it operates ok before you drop the bonnet for the first time, I have left mine on if I ever has a cable or catch go titsup.
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Re: Renault Laguna I - Phase 2 - Bodywork - Bonnet opening problems !

Too much grease can be as bad as too little, especially if as you say, it's collected muck and grit.

WD40 isn't a lubricant as such, will dry.
Try a light oil like 3 in 1

Like your emergency release BTW
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Re: Renault Laguna I - Phase 2 - Bodywork - Bonnet opening problems !

Originally Posted by ~Rob View Post
Mines been like this a while. I need to get a new cable from Renault as the plastic clip at the right side has broken so it doesn't pull the joining cable across.
I had exactly the same problem with my old Lag, phoned up the local dealer about the price of a new part, it went something like this

"that will be 120 for both catches sir"

"HOW MUCH??? for two bits of plastic??"

"I'm afraid you have to buy the complete catch we don't sell the plastic bits on their own"

"B*******s to that, that's 2 month's worth of beer"

so I decided to make my own, a couple of hours later using a hacksaw a couple of drills and a couple of files I came up with this

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It's not identical but it doesn't need to be, I used steel because I had some lying around but aluminium would be just as good and easier to work, I made 4 in total to use on my 2 old Lag's 3 have been fitted and work perfectly I'm just waiting for the last plastic one to break before fitting this one but the best part was not having to hand over my beer money to the dealer
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