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    Quote Originally Posted by Haizum74 View Post
    Fantastic, thanks a load for that. I think if I end up having to break the grill, some chicken type wire and no nails will give me a decent homemade grill.
    If you want to/have time to take pics as you fix it, I'll post up a how to if you'd like? Or you can?

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    Quote Originally Posted by antz View Post
    No worries mate. I managed to do mine with an eggcrate grill without breaking it, never done it on a standard grill though
    Oh as for greasing, am I doing the whole thing or just where you mentioned?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinup_gal View Post
    If you want to/have time to take pics as you fix it, I'll post up a how to if you'd like? Or you can?
    Heh I was actually thinking of doing that as there isnt much on internet explaining it. Oh you mean the grill or the cable?

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    All of it please every step of the way it will help other people loads

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    What Pete said lol if you don't mind

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    ok, I just tried on mine (so it definately works!!)
    Lay on your back on the floor in front of the car, with your legs facing toward the drivers side.
    Put your right arm in the drivers side of the large bumper hole, and manouvre your arm up toward the bonnet
    you will feel the bonnet latch mechanism, on the drivers side of it you will feel where the cable is (or would be going to), feel just the other side of the metal frame that the cable goes into, and you will find a small lever.

    With your fingers push the lever toward the drivers side of the car and the bonnet will simply pop open as normal.



    It is fiddly/and a real squeeze but it is dooable. (i just tried it on my car 5 times!!)
    But it requires no tools, and best of all no broken parts!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lozccw View Post
    ok, I just tried on mine (so it definately works!!)
    Lay on your back on the floor in front of the car, with your legs facing toward the drivers side.
    Put your right arm in the drivers side of the large bumper hole, and manouvre your arm up toward the bonnet
    you will feel the bonnet latch mechanism, on the drivers side of it you will feel where the cable is (or would be going to), feel just the other side of the metal frame that the cable goes into, and you will find a small lever.

    With your fingers push the lever toward the drivers side of the car and the bonnet will simply pop open as normal.



    It is fiddly/and a real squeeze but it is dooable. (i just tried it on my car 5 times!!)
    But it requires no tools, and best of all no broken parts!!!!
    Do you mean the large hole to the right of the fog lights? If so we tried that and can only get arm up about 5cm from the latch to the right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinup_gal View Post
    What Pete said lol if you don't mind
    No problem, already got my housemate to help with the pics lol. Lets hope saturday isnt crappy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haizum74 View Post
    No problem, already got my housemate to help with the pics lol. Lets hope saturday isnt crappy.
    Thanks ever so mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haizum74 View Post
    Do you mean the large hole to the right of the fog lights? If so we tried that and can only get arm up about 5cm from the latch to the right.
    When I open it I put my arm in horizontally with my elbow against the drivers side fog light, then rotate my arm upwards between the radiator and the bumper reinforcing bar.

    I'll get the mrs to take some pics of me opening it, hopefully the method will be clearer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lozccw View Post
    When I open it I put my arm in horizontally with my elbow against the drivers side fog light, then rotate my arm upwards between the radiator and the bumper reinforcing bar.

    I'll get the mrs to take some pics of me opening it, hopefully the method will be clearer.
    Ok I think I get ya, we went in straight and up rather than sideways and rotate (no matter how thats worded it sounds wrong lol)

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    I've just loaded a video to hopefully help explain.

    Everything is done from the drivers side of the bumper.
    sorry for my poor camera skills!
    The section in the middle of the video is just trying to show the actual mechanism you are trying to find.

    http://s1189.photobucket.com/albums/...229_204859.mp4

    Hope it helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lozccw View Post
    I've just loaded a video to hopefully help explain.

    Everything is done from the drivers side of the bumper.
    sorry for my poor camera skills!
    The section in the middle of the video is just trying to show the actual mechanism you are trying to find.

    http://s1189.photobucket.com/albums/...229_204859.mp4

    Hope it helps!
    That is bloody spot on, thanks a load for doing that. When I do a write up do you mind if I add the video too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haizum74 View Post
    That is bloody spot on, thanks a load for doing that. When I do a write up do you mind if I add the video too?
    yeah, No problem!

    Glad I gould help.

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    Well despite my mate being able to get his hand up there the back of the catch is too close to the radiator to flick the release so we are back to square one, my forearms and arm is too big to fit in it. Looks like a bumper off job unless I go in through the grill

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    what about using something like the bent end of an allen key to 'hook' the catch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lozccw View Post
    what about using something like the bent end of an allen key to 'hook' the catch?
    No joy on that either. I ended up having to go through the grill, undo the three 10mm nuts and release it that way. It gave just enough to 'finger' the release but as it was full of crap and rusty it was too stiff to release. Job now done but what a hassle just for a run of cable. Now to either source a grill (maybe eggbox) or make my own if I can be arsed. I will do a write up later and add your pics and vid in too (joint collaboration)

    Oh and my wrists and hands are scratched to shreds with the grill lol

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