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Had a pretty shit morning at vw, my bonnet had seized and was absolutely impossible to release looking at one stage like the grill might have to be cut off (real carbon fibre circa £££)


Anyway, won't bore you with the detail but the mk5 bonnet release mechanism is extremely vulnerable to all the elements, water, salt, dirt right at the front of the car, and is right in front of the radiator so is cooked nicely at 90 degrees celsius every day, this all plays total havoc with it, and more so in this hot weather.

So everybody out there, open your bonnets, copper grease, olive oil, wd40, ky jelly, whatever you can get and lubricate the life out of it, as it is a BALLACHE if it seizes up.

Don't say i didn't warn you


 

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I chuck a bit of WD40 on mine every now and then and pull the leaver a few times to work it in just to stop this happening. Found it was starting to seize a bit after the winter.

well worth doing
 

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Oh Niall, that's really bad crack. Hope it got sorted with not too much damage.

:quickly goes to lubricate the bonnet hinges:
 

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Having to break the grill to open the bonnet was a requirement on the Corrado as well. It's a security thing, otherwise anybody could pop the hood and cut power to the alarm, steal your blue coil covers, hide a 3 week old salmon in the scuttle area, etc etc
 

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I went and had a look at mkv r32 to buy a few months ago, everything was going fine until he couldn't open the bonnet, felt sorry for the bloke really. Didn't buy it in the end, felt he was just one of these blokes who don't bother checking under the bonnet as he said the last people to open the bonnet was the garage he uses.
 

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Thanks for the heads up mate - will take a look at this on the weekend!
 

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