Bonnet release has s*** itself! any tips?

Submitted: Saturday, May 29, 2004 at 20:21
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Howdy all, how goes it?

Had a flat battery this morning & when i went 2 jump start the old Tojo 60 series, the bonnet/ hood release mechanism didnt work, leaving me with no access to the battery! So, I tow started it, but 2moro i need 2 get the old girl open. The internal switch is working fine and so it appears that the cable has broken/ snapped along the line somewhere ( near the actual latch? ). Something so simple seemed quite tricky to get around/ open the bonnet i tell ya!

I'm gonna have a crack at it 2moro, any tips/ ideas 4 an easy solution? (ie.get grill off, unscrew latch?, try 2 pull cable at other end ).

quite funny. any body else got a laugh out of it?

cheers in advance

Ro.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, May 29, 2004 at 20:54

Saturday, May 29, 2004 at 20:54
can you get up from underneath to where the cable release goes, and maybe pull the cable to release it?

RACV?? NRMA?
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Follow Up By: Michael - Saturday, May 29, 2004 at 21:00

Saturday, May 29, 2004 at 21:00
OHHH what a feeling..................................................let down again...
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Reply By: Member - Ray - Saturday, May 29, 2004 at 21:02

Saturday, May 29, 2004 at 21:02
As it's only a tojo get your local firies to practice with their spreaders to open it.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ken - Saturday, May 29, 2004 at 21:47

Saturday, May 29, 2004 at 21:47
Ray

Wash your mouth out with soap, and go to bed

Ken
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, May 29, 2004 at 22:01

Saturday, May 29, 2004 at 22:01
I like the Hooligan tool personally, aptly named too!
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Reply By: Bilbo - Saturday, May 29, 2004 at 22:14

Saturday, May 29, 2004 at 22:14
This happened to me once on a Suzuki Swift. If you lie on yer back under the radiator and look up, there is usually ( on most cars) a big gap beween the front grille and the engine bay front wall (that has the rad mounted on it). All I did was get a bloody long screwdriver and push back the blade of the latch where it meets the tapered pin that's par of the bonnet. The blade of the latch is the part that's pulled by the bonnet release cable. I think that's how I did it??? Long time ago. I don't think there's an 'easy' way.

Bilbo
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Saturday, May 29, 2004 at 22:18

Saturday, May 29, 2004 at 22:18
Hi Rowen,

Bugger of a problem isn't it!!! I had the same thing happen on my 80 series, except I had accidentaly pinched the cable when I re-installed the second battery tray.

Cut a long story short, I had to drill 2 small holes into the grill so I could get a socket onto the latch mechanism and undo it. Once the mechanism was free, the bonnet lifted up complete with the latch still closed and I could sort it all out.

The holes I drilled were behind the fins in the grille and you didn't notice them unless you bent down to look. Had actually forgotten all about it until your post.

Its funny for me now, but a bugger of a problem at the time! Had both batteries isolated at the time and had to get the bonnet open to be able to use the vehicle.

Cheers

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Reply By: Davoe - Sunday, May 30, 2004 at 18:47

Sunday, May 30, 2004 at 18:47
had this happen to my 75 series and with much manoevering and swearing i managed to undo the 3 bolts that hold the bonnet catch on also try (if you havnt already) bouncing up and down on the bonnet while someone activates the cable
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Reply By: Rowen - Monday, May 31, 2004 at 19:25

Monday, May 31, 2004 at 19:25
Howdy again guys.

cheers for your replies.

I took all your ideas on board... but it worked out even simpler!

i simply feed the bonnet release cable through the front grill & gave it a good old healthy yank & presto!

what initially coulda been a s*** ( especially on some newer cars ), turnd out sweet.

thanx again guys

Rowen
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