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2000 Megane bonnet catch stuck

Hi, I can't open the bonnet on my Megane. The catch operated by putting my fingers under the bonnet is released, but I suspect that the one operated via the lever/cable beside the driver's seat is sticking.

I have tried wire coat hangers, screwdrivers and all sorts of other things but can't get it to move. Seen some other posts with similar problems but following their advice I still have the problem.

Firstly, I want to check that I really am trying to move the right part; so if I move the bonnet catch out of the way, the bit that seems to be caught over the 'pin' that's welded onto the bonnet is just behind it. Should I be able to move that to the left? I have sprayed a load of WD40 on it and it still wont move.

Secondly it might be easier to get at from under the car, or through the front grille. Can this be done easily? There's a big black piece of plastic directly under the bumper (called a dirt tray?). Can I safely remove that to get easier access?

I would prefer to go through the front grille (the wing shaped bits either side of the badge) but I don't know if they can be removed without opening the bonnet, can they?

If anyone can help I'd really appreciate it. The garage is quoting me 50 just to take a look at it!

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Re: 2000 Megane bonnet catch stuck

if the cars drivable then go get both new cables from a dealership then go to an independent garage as ask if they could wip the car up on a ramp and undo the catches from underneath. make sure the catches are clean and not gunked up, i find mine fail more often if gunked up than clean.

ask about.. the taxi drivers (minicabs, not black cabs) where they go, it should be the cheapest.
its simply not worth messing about and damaging the car to get it open. and keep away from stealerships....50 ha thats a joke for 5 min work.
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Re: 2000 Megane bonnet catch stuck

Thanks for the advice mord, I'll give what you suggest a try.
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