Has anyone tried drilling some more holes in the grill to access the 2 outer nuts for the bonnet catch? like the one in the centre but as high as you can get them?
Can anyone tell me the distance between the two top nuts so if i did try it at least they would be the right distance apart?
Thats easy to find out, and I could do this tomorrow if I remember. The problems with that are:
- You could be working with aged, brittle plastic;
- By making more holes, you are risking more debris being sucked onto the mechanism in future;
- This will give you no more access to the mechanism, you are already looking up through a substantial angle in the first place (~30 degrees or more). This means that even if you can get a socket through, it won't be able to grip the nuts unless you have an extraordinary tool.
The entire front plastic parts are made with very brittle plastic that isn't meant to be drilled. It's cheap, low quality stuff that only looks pretty because its painted.
I bet getting a flexible socket onto that sounds inviting, but I'd gamble it wouldn't work. The plastic section on top of the bumper will make this impossible to do as well, no tool is flexible enough, while still giving torque to undo the front nuts. They are about 10cm in and at least 5 cm up the way. The centre nut is the easy one to do as it is low down, the other two are one and two orders of 'magnitude' more difficult to do respectively; being off level with any front access without getting your hand through the grille.