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post #739 of (permalink) Old 11th July 2007
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Cool Bonnet catch failure - caught in the nick of time?

I had a "recall" notice for my 51 reg Clio II last week, and took it in to have the bonnet catch checked. I had understood from what I had seen on TV that it was the plastic safety catch that was the problem, and had checked and lubricated this. I check under the bonnet at least once a week and had never had a problem with the bonnet closing properly.

When they had checked it at Renault they called me out and advised me that the main release mechanism was seized, and the vehicle unsafe to drive as the bonnet would not close. When they tried to close the bonnet it just popped up until caught by the safety catch.

I was somewhat puzzled as it had never failed to work properly before. They have ordered a new main catch mechanism and will supply and fit free of charge.

Not sure if this was a miraculous piece of good timing - or whether, as I have always believed, every time a garage touches my car they break something, and I am far better off maintaining it myself like I usually do!

In 40 years of motoring, always with older cars as I cannot afford new ones, I have never had a bonnet fail to close properly or stay closed before.
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