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posted on September 9th, 2017 at 09:25 PM
Bonnet Release - 1970 Beetle


Anybody have any tricky suggestions as to how to get my bonnet opened. Appears the release cable has stretched or the adjustment to the release mechanism has loosened off. Tried just about everything to get it opened with no success.
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posted on September 9th, 2017 at 11:48 PM



Cut the handle in half & unscrew it off the latch underneath, then buy a new handle.



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posted on December 7th, 2017 at 09:59 PM



have a handle for you
maybe a cable if need
will post




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posted on December 8th, 2017 at 04:12 PM



Hi

This is what you need to do with lever to get just a bit more travel that can sometimes pull the cable enough open the bonnet. You pull the lever over so that it can go past its normal stop.

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posted on December 9th, 2017 at 05:28 PM



If Steves method doesn't work, try the following. Its a bit brutal, but you can try threading an old towell through the handle, then grab each end of the towell and pull down towards the ground with a swift strong pull. Maybe have someone else on the lever at the same time. This might shock the lock open. Worked for me years ago
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posted on December 13th, 2017 at 07:18 AM



am in M'field Sundaypm, if u r keen I can bring the handle and help



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posted on January 16th, 2018 at 08:14 PM



Sorry guys, been a busy time over the last few months but appreciate your advice. I'll give the 'non brutal' ones a go and see how I get on.
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posted on January 18th, 2018 at 08:01 PM



There is a VW Workshop Bulletin released in May 1972 - Repair instructions for hood lock cable
With the five methods of repair, most covered above.
I can scan and send it to you
or if someone can show me how to post pics on the forum.




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posted on April 24th, 2018 at 08:17 PM



Thanks Everyone, I actually got the bonnet opened with the tea towel method..............but, oh my God !!!..........how do I stop this from happening every time I close the damn thing ?? :grind:

I've tried to adjust the latch, catch, cable .....nearly everything, but it still happens 2 out of 3 times. I'm getting a bit tired of asking strangers passing by to help me open the thing !
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posted on April 24th, 2018 at 09:07 PM



Have you tried a bit of Inox or WD40 on it - mine gets hard to open if it gets too dry



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posted on April 25th, 2018 at 09:13 AM



Lube the cable, the best way is to disconnect the cablet from the lock and put the end somewhere higher than the lock lever and drip some oil down, that will make it silky smooth.

as a safety measure I attach another piece of wire to the lock and run it outside the body near the rear of the headlight bucket then you can also hide a spare key under the bonnet, if you get locked out of the car just undo the bonnet from under the car.
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posted on April 26th, 2018 at 05:31 PM



I'll try both of these ideas but I do like the 'back-up' unlock method. DO you use any particular type of wire ?
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posted on April 26th, 2018 at 07:58 PM



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Thanks Everyone, I actually got the bonnet opened with the tea towel method..............but, oh my God !!!..........how do I stop this from happening every time I close the damn thing ?? :grind:

think i will become a vw consultant as I am travelling a lot and housesitting in your region and fix it for you..




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posted on April 26th, 2018 at 08:28 PM



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I'll try both of these ideas but I do like the 'back-up' unlock method. DO you use any particular type of wire ?


I just used tie wire (that we use to tie reinforcing steel) for mine and it works fine, but I have considered changing it to flexible stainless wire




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posted on April 27th, 2018 at 08:01 AM



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I'll try both of these ideas but I do like the 'back-up' unlock method. DO you use any particular type of wire ?


I did the back up on my 1303
I just used single strand insulated copper
Make sure it is secured well inside - i used 2 BP connectors (electrical) with the plastic cut off so I could tread it through




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posted on May 1st, 2018 at 06:41 PM



Thanks guys, sounds like the flexi stainless might be the go !! Once I get this done think I'll posting it in the For Sale section. Been a great project and ride but I haven't had it on the road for nearly 6 months.....:mad:


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