Bonnet lock release cable - removal and refitting

Removal
1 Working inside the vehicle, remove the three retaining screws, and withdraw the lower steering column shroud.

2 Remove the retaining screw, and withdraw the release cable bracket from the steering column.

3 Working in the engine compartment, pull the cable sheath end fitting from its bracket, and release the cable end fitting from the lock lever (see illustration).

7.3 Bonnet lock release cable end fittings - models up to 1987
7.3 Bonnet lock release cable end fittings - models up to 1987

4 Release the cable from the clips in the engine compartment.

5 Pull the cable through the bulkhead into the passenger compartment, taking care not to lose the bulkhead grommet.

Refitting
6 Refitting is a reversal of removal, but ensure that the grommet is correctly located in the bulkhead, and that the cable is free from sharp bends and kinks. There should be a small amount of free play at the lock end of the cable if necessary re-route the cable to achieve this condition.

7 Note that should the release cable snap while the bonnet is shut, the bonnet may be opened as follows.

8 Apply the handbrake, jack up the front of the vehicle and support on axle stands (see “Jacking and Vehicle Support”).

9 Using an inspection lamp or torch, look up between the radiator and the radiator grille panel and locate the circular hole below the bonnet lock (see illustration).

7.9 Access hole (arrowed) below bonnet lock
7.9 Access hole (arrowed) below bonnet lock

10 Insert a screwdriver through the hole so that it passes to the right of the lock striker.

Twist or lever the lock sliding plate to the right until the striker is released. The bonnet can now be opened.

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