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Bonnet cable snapped, bonnet shut. Ideas?

Discussion in 'Land Rover Discovery' started by Disco Moneypit, Jun 14, 2009.

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  1. Disco Moneypit

    Disco Moneypit New Member

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    As per the tittle chaps.

    Went to fit my snorkel yesterday, pulled the bonnet release cable and 'ping!' the bloody thing snapped whilst the bonnet was shut.

    Car is a 96 300TDi Disco. I have already tried pulling the lever back from behind the grill, but it does nothing.

    Any other ideas?



    In advance [​IMG]


    ps; i've just done a quick search on here, but nothing immediantly stood out
     
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    Gorilla Bar!?
     
  4. sp33der

    sp33der New Member

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    Sorry, can't help but my bonnet pull is really tight, gotta pull real hard and I just know it's gonna go twang one day so i'll hope some good answers come up.

    Cheers
    Rich
     
  5. Disco Moneypit

    Disco Moneypit New Member

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    Looks like I'll have to order a another new bonnet cable tomorrow, ready for collection on Wednesday, then book it in somewhere for Thursday morning.

    I hate havinbg to fork out for work to be done to my cars, but I reckon this is one of those jobs that I would soon run out of patiance with and just end up angle grinding the bloody bonnet off!
     
  6. gemsdad

    gemsdad NOT BOTHERED.

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    hi,where abouts in spain are yer bonny lad,up the toon.:D:D
     
  7. ratty

    ratty I'm not special I'm limited edition

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    kids'll do anything fer a bag of tudor.;):p
     
  8. sp33der

    sp33der New Member

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    Tudor, canny bag 'o crisps! (Very old advert! :D ) I'm in sunny Javea on the Costa Blanca and it's fecking hot at the mo! Up the Toon indeed...as long as fat Ashley gets out of it! :mad:

    Cheers
    Rich
     
  9. LiftedDisco

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    I had exactly the same problem and always went to open the bonnet with a slight feeling of apprehension...

    Turned out that the pull mechanism was full of mud and muck... I spent some time knocking mud (and dust) out of every bit of it that I could get to from both above and below (remove grille if necessary).

    Get someone to operate the pull as you attack it with screwdriver and batter it (gently) with hammer to loosen any other grime.

    Then soak the whole lot in WD40, getting plenty down the cable.

    'tis truly a well oiled thing of pleasure now...
     
  10. bugbog101

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    Hiya fella..

    Mine snapped but I was able to get mole grips on the cable & pull it open. A good tip but not much use now for ya but when you replace the cable squirt some WD down the cable, good olde capillary action will do the rest to keep it semi free.

    I see you fitting a snorkel so I take you'll be doing a fair bit of off roading ? So, instead of fitting a new cable fit quick release bonnets clips, means drilling thru your bonnet but if your off roading it then 2 holes in your bonnet won't matter.

    Hope this helps fella.
     
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    gemsdad NOT BOTHERED.

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    hi,my fav crisps were the tudor mint sauce,mmmmmm.javea is a grand place,we had some friends who lived there and owned the GB bar in beni,sadly he got bitten by some sort of centipede thing and this eventually caused his death.:eek:,.
     
  12. Disco Moneypit

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    Bloody good idea.

    A bonnet cable is only £7, so I reckon I will get this one fitted then in summer, (if we have one this year), get bonnet pins fitted.
     
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    look on ebay, disco1 bonnet cables are about a fiver delivered next day;)

    (yes i got 1, yes it turned up next day, yes its still sat on top of my toolbox waiting to be fitted:doh:)
     
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    Thanks for the heads up but I'm in credit by £22 at my local LR main dealer, so want to get that credit used up before the end of the month.
     
  15. Paul D

    Paul D Old, nackered 'n broke, but the Landy is fine . :) LZIR Despatch Agent

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    Mine needs a new fuel filter if you're feeling flush ... ;)
     
  16. Disco Moneypit

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    Honestly Paul, try them, you might just be suprised.

    I found Sytners / Gray Paul, or whatever they are called in Sheffield to be very snobish and completely diss-interested, but if you speak to Simon or Paul at Gordon Lamb in Chesterfield many, (but not all), of their prices are competative. I'm sure this is the case for main dealers up and down the country. Some will be staffed by knowledgeable enthusiasts who will do you a good deal. Others will be staffed by stuck up monkeys.


    ps; I am in no way affiliated with Gordon Lambs, just trying to stress the point that main dealers shouldn't be dissmissed straight away for parts.

    pps; I recently needed a starter motor and altinator for the Disco. Main dealer price for the starter motor was about £25 more than a local LR indy parts supplier, (just a bit too much IMO), but the starter motor was over £700, thats £565 more than the indy. I was told by the parts manager of the main dealer that he and other enthusiast parts managers were trying to get LR to reduce the retail price of parts for older models in order to compete with the indy parts suppliers. He was hopefull of a resalution before the end of the year. Watch this space.....

    For regular service items I have found them to be within 10% of the indy parts suppliers. Which to me is worth it if I am buying genuine parts.
     
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    Feeling flush?

    Bloody hell. Works been on it's arse for me since June of last year, (my last good month).

    Not only am I trying to sell engineering equipment to an industry that is on it's arse in the middle of a recession, but Sterling has tanked against the Yuan by 1/3rd, which in itself has pretty much swallowed up all of what little profit I had left. Added to which diesel is on it's way back up and I get through at least 1 1/2 tanks a week, and it's bread and water at the Moneypit household.

    Could you lend us a fiver? :(
     
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    Paul D Old, nackered 'n broke, but the Landy is fine . :) LZIR Despatch Agent

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    LOL, yeah I sometimes use main dealers .. so long as I know the part number (Microcat is really useful here .. ) and they are within a smidge of the indy .. at least i know they're equivalent quality to what's just broken!

    I swapped the old 'selling engineering stuff to engineers' a while back .. now have a company house rather than a company car! (School Caretaker)

    No money, but job for life (as close as you can nowadays) and house/rates/repairs etc taken care of .. I class it as being semi-retired and plan to be so until i do retire (I'm 50 later this year).
     
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