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Re: Stupid question time

Post by scimjim » Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:13 pm

Much of it's covered in the owners manual. If you disconnect the cable from the bonnet release mechanism under the slam panel it will be easy to see if it's the cable or the mechanism at fault. General purpose grease on the mechanism and return spring, if the cable's corroded internally I'd remove it (tie a bit of string to it first :)) and try soaking it in oil or penetrating fluid. I'm not sure if they're still available new.


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Re: Stupid question time

Post by toomanysabres » Mon Apr 06, 2015 6:15 pm



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Re: Stupid question time

Post by Roger Pennington » Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:47 pm

If it's the cable that's corroded, then there do seem to be generic ones still available which may be suitable? e.g. here and here :)


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Re: Stupid question time

Post by Crowther » Thu Apr 09, 2015 12:19 am

The Wurzels! I'll add that to my approved playlist for in the Scim. Pre-'72 music only. An odd rule as I am a child of the 80s...


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Re: Stupid question time

Post by Scimher » Thu Apr 09, 2015 12:42 pm

...Brilliant! Hadn't heard that rather 'subdued' version before. Ah, the late great Adge Cutler................



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Re: Stupid question time

Post by normnod » Thu Apr 09, 2015 1:56 pm

Mine had got stiff at the bonnet end, squirted some GT85 up the end in situ and it was sorted.



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Re: Stupid question time

Post by drcdb15 » Mon May 11, 2015 8:42 pm

normnod wrote:Mine had got stiff at the bonnet end, squirted some GT85 up the end in situ and it was sorted.
Is that a fix to the problem, or a line from another Wurzels song ... ?? :lol:


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Re: Stupid question time

Post by AJL Electronics » Mon May 11, 2015 9:47 pm

Or something in a defence statement? ;-)


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Re: Stupid question time

Post by drcdb15 » Tue May 12, 2015 4:49 pm

Actually, to be serious for a moment...

I've had the bonnet release seize on both an Espace (garage released it from underneath, and showed me how) and on my X-type - I did a detailed assessment of that you can read on the Jag forums. With the right set up and the right bits from the socket set, it was a doddle I repeated many times.

But looking at the Scimitar.... er, if the bonnet release *does* break or seize... how exactly do you get in to release the catch? I can't see any way from the top or below without taking a hacksaw to the bodywork/bonnet... is there some way in past the headlamps?


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Re: Stupid question time

Post by scimjim » Tue May 12, 2015 4:53 pm

Yes, inner headlamp and bowl out.


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Re: Stupid question time

Post by Oldconn » Tue May 12, 2015 5:30 pm

If its a new cable you need, you can try Teleflex or Morse cables from marine chandlers. Morse make "stop" cables in various lengths, complete with "T" handle and threaded collar with nuts . Not the cheapest solution, but very effective.


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Re: Stupid question time

Post by toolmanchris » Tue May 12, 2015 5:43 pm

I think I brought something like this for mine and cut it to size

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/60-1-5m-T-bar ... 5ae2d8b38e


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