How the Hell Do You Replace a Bonnet Release Cable – VW Polo
How old a Polo? I’ve done it but taped the new one to the remains of the old one through the bulk head, bit of fairy liquid to get it through the grommet and some gentle pushing and pulling done. That was 2001 Y plate one.
Much harder was re-welding the pedal box without removing it! 6’1″ upside down in the foot well with welding torch!Posted 4 years ago
Right, job done! Only took 6hrs 🙁 Few things I’ve learnt though, first is that there isn’t much information out there especially as this was the third result on google when I searched for bonnet release cable replacement. Schadenfreude to you all.
Learnings to date:
1. If your bonnet is stuck do not pull so hard on the release lever that you snap it off and slice your hand open. Simply get some one to either push down on the bonnet or pull up while you gently pull the lever.
2. If you lever is broken, do not take pliers to it and pull so hard that you snap the ball end off. The cable is probably fine! Simply repeat learning 1. while pulling gently on the cable.
3. Do not get over excited and remove the old cable, it is your friend. By removing it you will create a maze which your new cable will never be able to pass! Simply tape the new cable to the old cable with electrical insulation tape, end to end as the space can be tight, and pull one while pushing the other cable through the car.
4. Do not allow your better half to join proceedings towards the end of the job, ultimately you will take responsibility for the errors and they will take all glory for doing the job. Also, they will bugger off when you need to clean up and replace all the other bits.
Jobs left to do:Posted 4 years ago
Seal up where irreplaceable grommet has been dislodged with silicone sealer.
Find bonnet hatch bolt which was dropped into engine bay.
Replace blown headlight which was the initial reason for getting into the bonnet.
I got to learning 1 on my MkV Golf – snapped release handle but no injury. Luckily Google offered me the “gentle tug on cable with pliers whilst a helper pushes down on bonnet” suggestion before I enjoyed steps 2-4. Still a bit iffy even with a new handle, but CBA to replace the latch unit.Posted 4 years ago
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