Help please I can’t open my bonnet!

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Help please I can’t open my bonnet!

Post by Ru5tyMac »

I’ve got a 2014 caddy maxi, the bonnet release has been stiff for a while but now it’s so stiff the handle just pops of and I can’t get the bonnet open, any ideas??

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There’s a little housing in the grille that splits open, it’s happened to a few people now. I think it’s usually a wheel off, arch liner off and in that way to get it open again.
If it’s that, and you replace it, put a few cable ties around your new one.


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It sounds like you've still got a working wire but its stiff and the handle has popped off.
Pull the wire inside with a pair of pliers and fix the issue by cleaning and greasing the latch mech, you'll then need to replace the handle with a new one so it doesn't pop off.
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Mate that’s a great idea il have a go tonight thanks!
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@the swan fiend"
I tried doing this today with my 2013 Caddy - couldn't see where I could get the bonnet open. No junction box, no obvious way to reach the latch.

Are there any images of this about? I've seen a few threads that all seem to say the same thing about going through the wheel arch - but I'm not quite savvy enough to figure it out without visual guidance, it appears...

I have booked it into a garage next week as a backup.
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There's a bit of info in this thread which you will be able to see once your upgrade is processed viewtopic.php?t=31170
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If your nimble enough.. I was able to slide under the van, you could jack it up if needed. Using a long screwdriver you can release the mechanism.. Saves time on removing arch lining.
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@dan@biali
Awesome, thanks - I did wonder if there was a thread I couldn't see! I'll have another go when I have access.
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@tycra
I just couldn't see where to poke said screwdriver. I'm also probably not nimble enough but I have ample brute force and ignorance...
If I know where to poke I will get there. I just need something visual to help, I think.
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Re: Help please I can’t open my bonnet!

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We keep this issue out of the public forums for very good reason but there's probably some tit on YouTube that's done a 30m video about it otherwise your local garage should sort it for you when you next go in.

If your issue is on the handle end like the cable broken or come out of the handle you can carefully pull the cable with some pliers to open it.
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The cable is intact at the handle end but with not resistance. There wasn’t a snapping feeling when it happened but more of a soft pop. Which makes me think the cable popping out at the junction box sounds like a strong possibility.
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Im unsure if different models will be harder to access that way tbh. Id recommend a good light source and eye protection and it should be easy enough.

If you dont get it sorted and no one else chimes in to say it will be harder for your model ill get a few pictures/ video when i get a chance
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Post by Mikelewis »

@tycra - that would be awesome, thanks.

There’s a chance that the info is in a thread I can’t view yet. Upgrade pending so might get more info soon.
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