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Old 19th May 2007
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Now and again I indulge in a bit of 'spirited driving', as you do. It's bumpy roads here, with occasional take-offs over low bridges and lots of potholes. Lately every time I hit a big bump, the bonnet catch pops up. Happened twice today, once when I was overtaking someone, which was inconvenient.

On the underside of the bonnet there are two circular rubber guides, and I've rotated these pointing due forwards (they were 45 previously), which seems to help. Is there some adjustment to the main metal catch I can make to stop this happening, because looking at it I can't see how I could adjust it at all.
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i soak mine with pb blaster when they act up.never had to adjust one ever. sonds like the main catch is not closing all the way.
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Remove the grille
Loosen the 2 6mm screws that hold the latch in place
Push the hood pin down on the hood latch, using the taper to center it
Tighten the latch in place
Adjust the cable if needed
Adjust the pin length with washers/spacers if needed
Adjust the rubber stops to just barely contact the hood when latched
Grease the latch and pin
Oil the safety catch pivot and spring
Refit grille
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Nice one Jim, I'll have a go at that this morning.
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Hi Jezzadee,

Sorry if I'm late with this info, and you've already tried the other suggestions...

My car was doing exactly the same thing, for months and months, I was having to stop at least 5 times during my daily commute towards the end before fixing this.
What I did, after going down the remove grill and inspect mechanism route, what to turn the pin (on the bonnet), a 1/4 turn. The "head" of the pin had got very worn on the edges that engage the catch. Once the pin was slightly rotated, the catching action of the mechanism was restored. The pin is still in place, (i.e. it's not losened enough for it move of it's own accord), and I've now done about 1,500 miles without a single pop!
Shaved 20 minuites off the commute time too!

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Cheers for the info Mark - I undid the whole pin today, cleaned it up and reassembled, so hopefully that's done it. If not I'll try giving it a 1/4 turn.
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