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I had a Renault engineer and my insurers representative looking at my car today....
They both agreed that...
Main catch cable mechanism moved freely but the return mechanism had ceased... Problem 1
The safety catch return was being hindered by the plastic dowel holding the lever...Problem 2
The guy from renault reckoned I was driving with just the safety catch holding the bonnet and I have hit a bump that has loosened it or something... my insurers suggested that it could have been due to the non/partial return of the safety catch.
If it is down to safety catch return due to the plastic on plastic hinderance which I believe it is...then I think it is a poor design and Renault should recall and rectify for other people...The return spring for this mechanism is strong but the plastic design of the lever stops the spring working properly. If you push the lever slightly when it is open the spring recoils the mechanism very positively.... I don't know if I have explained this well... I am trying to find my PC bluetooth adapter to put on some pics.
I will now have to wait for an official response from Renault (and my insurers).