Thanks to 7T5 for the tip. I used to be a mechanic in the 60's (Morris 1000's, 105E's etc.) and was already doing the things that you have suggested. I am a Suffolk man and not keen to pay £80 per hour for something I can do myself.
Thanks also to other replies for their suggestions.
HiMy cable failed in the box under the bonnetIt was fixed under warranty and the mechanic said that they jack it up remove the drivers side wheel and arch liner and get to it from there, takes about 1 hrHope this helpsBarry
This thread illustrates the usefulness of the forum. Having read this (and other threads), I have saved another trip to the dealer, having found that the plastic shoulder had come away from the housing behind the lever in the cabin. A two minute, zero cost fix, rather than a two hour round trip to the dealer ...