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How can you open the bonnet of a 2000 Fiat Punto when the lever beneath the steering wheel seems to be disconnected?

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2015-07-14 15:55:30
2015-07-14 15:55:30

GET AN OLD WIRE COATHANGER AND STRAIGHTEN IT OUT WITH A SLIGHT HOOK BEING LEFT ON ONE END. GET A TORCH TO PINPOINT THE RELEASE CATCH. INSERT THE HOOK END AND PULL THE WIRE IN THE DIRECTION REQUIRED TO DISENGAGE THE CATCH. YOU COULD ALSO TRY USING ALONG SCREWDRIVER TO OPEN IT USING THE SAME METHOD

i found that by fully extending the bonnet release lever and having someone else pull the bonnet upwards at the same time got the bonnet open, then i made sure i lubed the catch on the bonnet and works fine so far.

If the cable has broken

grip the broken end with pliers or

vise grips and then pull

Mike 2

I've just finished grappling with the jammed bonnet of a 2003 Punto due to a broken operating cable. It would seem the only way to open the bonnet without damage to the car is to remove the bonnet release mechanism held by 2 13mm nuts to front of the engine bay.

The best way to remove these nuts I found was to use 2 wooden wedges to gain better access. I covered the wedges with a rubber glove sprayed with wd 40 and pushed them between the front lip of the bonnet and the plasctic facia immediatley below - roughly 3 to 4 inches either side of the badge. The plastic below the bonnet bends not the bonnet.

I've viewed posts that suggest using an socket wrench , extension bar with a knuckle end attached to the socket via the gap in the plastic radiator facia. In practice I found this angle of attack too acute to losen the nuts hence the wedges. Also the wedges gave a better view of the nuts.

I also removed the number plate and a plastic vertical reinforcing stringer to get an arm up along side the radiator and guide the socket onto the nuts.

Like many posts on www initially I was convinced that all I had to do was find the right button / lever and the bonnet would spring open! This is not the case. Unfortunately the release mechanism is only exposed when the unit is removed. Long screwdrivers, coathangers or garden canes can not work.

this is the easy way takes 5mins and you dont break anything,drive your car on kerb with passenger wheel on kerb,with a torch slide under passenger side front of car (just behind the rad)look for the bonnet cable or feel just above rad,(it helps if you get someone to wiggle cable inside car)once you got cable about 2 inches from bonnet catch push towards drivers side,the nearer you get cable to bonnet catch the better and then the bonnet will open

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