Re: BBC Watchdog report :: Faulty Renault Clio bonnet catches
Its been a common fault with the mark 2 clio for several years and Renault know about it. They recommend that you keep the catch well greased and replace it after a few years. I had a T reg clio 2 and In 2009 Renault replaced the bonnet catch free of charge because of bad publicity about many of these bonnet catch failures. It was featured on the Watchdog program.
Anyone heard of any problems with the bonnet catch on Clios? My bonnet opened while I was driving along at 60 mph and caused £2,500 worth of damage even though the interior bonnet catch had not been pulled.
Having reported narrowly surviving a Clio bonnet opening incident in the overtaking lane back in 2014 I havent posted here for a while.
I see that the incidents have continued and posts, including mine, have been removed from the thread........am I being paranoid?
BTW my bonnet mechanism turned out to be in perfect condition yet Renault wanted to replace it.......on the mangled bonnet!! When asked why replace something they maintained wasnt faulty???.....it all got very vague and defensive. I got rid of the car and bought something safe. I'll never sit in a Renault again.
My 2000 Clio Grande Mk 2 (pre-facelift) has had a sticky catch in the past, but it never flew open.
Mine was fixed, first by lubricating the catch under the bonnet with engine oil and working it left and right, until it was moving freely. Then I finished the job by fitting a return spring at the bonnet catch itself, a tension spring to make sure the cable is pulled back when I let go of the lever.
Every car can be different as it gets older. On my car, the cable and black plastic lever in the footwell move freely with no sticking or roughness, so I don't plan to change them. The new return spring is enough.
Oh, and please everyone keep an eye on the safety catch. Check it weekly, every time you lift the bonnet to check your oil and coolant.
Bonnets have two catches as "belt and braces", so unless both fail, the bonnet should stay down.
Personally, I always put a drop of oil on the lock mechanism with my normal fluid checks.
While the safety catch should prevent a sudden opening, it is asking a lot with the force on a bonnet at 70 miles an hour.
Better safe then sorry.
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