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the bonnet release cable on my mgf has broken does anyone know how I can get bonnet open. Grateful for any help.
 

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the bonnet release cable on my mgf has broken does anyone know how I can get bonnet open. Grateful for any help.
If you find out let me know. Time was when one asked this question one at least got replies from people saying they know but couldn't possibly divulge the secret :)
 

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When I had a problem with the release cable, people were willing enough to help when I had furnished enough proof that I was the actual owner - you can appreciate that information of this delicate a nature will not be given out willy-nilly over an "open" forum.

You COULD be any old Tom, Dick, Harry or car thief !! (no offence meant, btw!!)
 

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When I had a problem with the release cable, people were willing enough to help when I had furnished enough proof that I was the actual owner - you can appreciate that information of this delicate a nature will not be given out willy-nilly over an "open" forum.

You COULD be any old Tom, Dick, Harry or car thief !! (no offence meant, btw!!)
And I was just about to share my secrets as well, HURUMPH!

Sorry to those asking, but to come in as a completly new face and to ask such a delicate question, you may very well find yourself stone-walled.
 

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If you happen to be a member of the AA or RAC they can do it for you.
I am in the South of France so it would be a long way to call them out:)

The wife's MGF has an almost dead battery (just clicking instead of turning over). It's used almost daily so perhaps the lights were left on.

'No Problem!' I said thinking that I would just charge the battery for her but the battery is under the bonnet & the bonnet release catch just pulls & has no resistance definitely no click of the bonnet opening.

Please could someone PM me with the secret of how to get the damn thing open?

Thanks in advance

Cheers

Nigel
 

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Incidentally I am not sure how revealing this 'secret' in the forum could possibly aid any potential car thief. If they were party to the 'secret' & were able to open the bonnet without opening the boot first all they could nick is the spare wheel (cheap non-alloy not to exceed 50mph one) or the battery. It may be a 'secret' but it's not a very valuable one except to an owner who needs to get the bonnet open to charge the battery, use the spare wheel, check the hydraulic levels or top up the windscreen washer bottle.

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i actually dont know how to do this... i know the trick to get into the boot heaven forbid you look the keys in!

could someone pm me what to do... just in case mine ever breaks... would be nice to have the knowledge stored away! :)
 

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Incidentally I am not sure how revealing this 'secret' in the forum could possibly aid any potential car thief. If they were party to the 'secret' & were able to open the bonnet without opening the boot first all they could nick is the spare wheel (cheap non-alloy not to exceed 50mph one) or the battery. It may be a 'secret' but it's not a very valuable one except to an owner who needs to get the bonnet open to charge the battery, use the spare wheel, check the hydraulic levels or top up the windscreen washer bottle.





How can you say that, it is a secure area, and if people were on holiday say, there is no saying what could actually be in there, just because it normally carries a spare wheel, a jack, wheel brace and nut cover remover, does not mean that is all that ever will be in there.

I can understand your annoyance, but would you be happy if we bandied around your key number and the four digit number to overide your immobiliser on open forum. I think not.
 

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Incidentally I am not sure how revealing this 'secret' in the forum could possibly aid any potential car thief. If they were party to the 'secret' & were able to open the bonnet without opening the boot first all they could nick is the spare wheel (cheap non-alloy not to exceed 50mph one) or the battery. It may be a 'secret' but it's not a very valuable one except to an owner who needs to get the bonnet open to charge the battery, use the spare wheel, check the hydraulic levels or top up the windscreen washer bottle
...and the battery, which in turn powers the alarm system...

I know someone who was so worried about people trying to break into his Fs bonnet area he went to the effort of installing a second plunger switch to trigger the alarm. NAC MG of course simply fitted a metal box fixed to the underside of the bonnet that shields the original plunger switch to the new TFs, they too think it's an area that needs protecting - but i digress...

I have a lot of information on this, but not a full working solution written up - although i do understand the principles (just not got round to it). Sadly, i too am of the opinion that posting this information on an open forum is not a good idea, however i will reiterate that there is a really simple mod that all of you should do to prevent this happening to your cars, i've posted this before a couple of times, but here's the deal...

Open the bonnet and with a 10mm socket set undo the bolts that secure the slam panel. Do not remove the two bolts either side of the latch mechanism (yet), these hold on the anti-thief shield and it will drop off into the radiator well if you undo them.

The pair behind the badge are a right pain to refit as they are not captive, you may be able to manouvre the slam panel enough with these two in place, but ideally you would remove them as you need to access the back of the panel - hold the bolts in place, working through the narrow gap to refit them.

With the slam panel loose you should now be able to inspect the underside, undo the last two bolts holding on the anti-thief shield and look at the release mechanism. The cable is looped over a small lever, the loop sadly can come loose, so the modification is to use a small zip tie and secure it in place, this will save a lot of grief as only a snapped cable will prevent you getting in there now and providing the break isn't at the release lever, there are ways around this.

Refit the shield, position the slam panel and refit the pair of nuts and bolts on the strut behind the badge (small fingers help here!), refit the securing bolts (replace with stainless steel items is a good idea too!)

Peace of mind, zero cost, gotta be good! :D
 

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According to a couple of PMs I received he 'secret' such as it is appears to be to lie under the car & blindly poke with a stick or screwdriver in an effort to undo the catch. I don't think that this is revealing too much to any potential thief. I tried this method without success.

I was able to eventually get the bonnet open by bumping up & down on the bonnet while my wife wiggled the release in the boot the bonnet sprang up. As it turned out there was nothing wrong with the cable or release mechanism but the spring catch had been sticking. After anointing everything with copious amounts of WD40 the bonnet was slammed shut again & now can be easily opened.

Thank you for the PM with the ingenious solution of charging the flat battery via the cigarette lighter as this could have been a lifesaver for us if we had not been able to get the bonnet open.
 

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According to a couple of PMs I received he 'secret' such as it is appears to be to lie under the car & blindly poke with a stick or screwdriver in an effort to undo the catch. I don't think that this is revealing too much to any potential thief. I tried this method without success.

I was able to eventually get the bonnet open by bumping up & down on the bonnet while my wife wiggled the release in the boot the bonnet sprang up. As it turned out there was nothing wrong with the cable or release mechanism but the spring catch had been sticking. After anointing everything with copious amounts of WD40 the bonnet was slammed shut again & now can be easily opened.

Thank you for the PM with the ingenious solution of charging the flat battery via the cigarette lighter as this could have been a lifesaver for us if we had not been able to get the bonnet open.
I need a new bonnet release cable - are they expensive and easy to install?
 

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KarlosRyan - not if you have the right tools and do it yourself...

and as far as the battery is concerned... you can charge it if you can get in the boot... since its positive feed connects with the alternator at the alternator fuse on the engine bulkhead.. so remove the fuse... and connect your positive charge terminal to the passenger side fuse terminal.. and the negative to any convenient good bare chassis point or earth..

the post about the bonnet release is old now... there are many ways to open the bonnet if the cable has broken..


but if you want to buy a new one, and get someone else to fit it... the premise of " expensive" and " easy " depends on your ideas of both..
 

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People don't answer this question on the forum because then thieves know how to get the bonnet open. If you want to know, send me a private message and I'll tell you.
 
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