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Re: Renault Clio 2 - Bonnet Catch Failures
I have a 52 reg clio which has the same problem with the bonnet catch, however it has never flown open YET. It does however constantly pop up when i am driving at any speed, like when you pull the lever up but luckily it has never completely opened. I was only aware that it had been recalled when i took it into renault for another problem as I too had not received a letter about it. I took my car into renault last week as my bonnet would not shut properly and after an hour of waiting around they came back to tell me that couldn't do the recall as my bonnet was not in line. If you look at it it's all in line but because I have panel damage on the side from when another person owned it, they will not sort the bonnet catch out unless I pay to get panel sorted. The car isn't worth spending lots of money to get a panel sorted when it wasn't anything to do with me in the first place.
I am now waiting for the catch to go completely when I am driving and for renault to say there's nothing they can do. They were fine with sending me off in a car with a bonnet which doesn't shut properly knowing that there have been all of these problems!
Same problem happened to my car, but was easy enough to resolve.
The primary catch was jammed open (wide spring tube), therefore only the secondary (plastic) catch was holding the bonnet down. The bonnet release lever inside the car was as if the bonnet was open constantly (loose).
I managed to remove the plastic panelling and the front grill in order to get the primary bonnet catch socket. Unscrewed the socket mechanism from the body, managed to clean and free the sliding plate in the socket using WD40 and a flathead. Try using pliers to squeeze the sliding plate shut and open until moves more freely. Coat well with more WD40 and carefully reassemble.
Bonnet now shuts as new, make sure you coat all moving parts with WD40 and clean off the grime.
Currently in aliholmes's garage:
2002 Renault Clio II extreme 1.2