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'01 156 Sportwagon: Bonnet Not Opening


As some of you may be aware I bought a 2001 Sportwagon yesterday, one of the known issues was that the bonnet would not open.

Just wondering if anyone else had come across this problem in the past and what the best bet was in order to get the sucker open?

Apparently the AA told the bloke before that had it the only way was to smash the front grill in, I'd rather not do that obviously. Is there any other way of getting this sucker open?

The bonnet release lever inside the car feels normal apart from there's no 'cluck' which would usually indicate the bonnet being released.

Any ideas???

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Re: '01 156 Sportwagon: Bonnet Not Opening

Two man job with one pulling the release and the other
pushin/pulling on the front? (Ooooh Errrrrr! )
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Re: '01 156 Sportwagon: Bonnet Not Opening

Get someone to push up and down on the bonnet while you push and pull the cable lever in and out. No dents please.:

Jack her up, safely support her and see if by joining a few of the WD 40 tubes together you can access the release mechanism from below? Squirt it.

Good torch, lamp, you may find a thin pry bar gets to it, from either underneath, or from the front. Some 156'er out there knows a trick or two I bet?:
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Re: '01 156 Sportwagon: Bonnet Not Opening

try using a coat hanger,or even have a word with an alfa dealer cos 156's were recalled for faulty bonnet opening mechanisims,so be careful maybe thats why it stays shut(you don't wont it to open when its moving)
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Re: '01 156 Sportwagon: Bonnet Not Opening

Whay hey Dazza a new car
Before I owned my car, this happened to it and I have the reciepts for a new grille as the garage smashed the old one to open the bonnet....I'm assuming that is the way in.
Any details of this new motor, surey be a thread or two somewhere?
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Cheers for the advice guys, I'll give it a go next weekend probably, can't be bothered today,

Jase, here's the link mate:

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