Going the right way
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: United Kingdom
When I pull the internal bonnet release on my 156, nothing seems to happen. There's no noise and no obvious bonnet movement but then the bonnet does open using the exterior catch. I have checked with the bonnet shut and it seems to be secure.
An auto electrician once recommended very strongly against mains battery chargers that plug into the cigarette lighter socket although apparently the solar ones are OK - something to do with amps? Not a clue, personally as nobody has ever been able to explain why electricity doesn't fall out of the socket when you take a plug out.
Bump or tow starting is not a good idea but if there is no other way - and I have been there - get up to about 20mph and use 3rd gear, feeding the clutch in gently to prevent sudden jerking. Can be done with a diesel but due to the higher compression, I'd try maybe 25 or 30mph. If you are being towed, use a really long line just in case it won't start because you need lots more room to stop in without servo-assisted brakes and your steering won't be too good either. I had the very unpleasant experience of ramming a friends Rover 3500 with my Capri many years ago. We haven't spoken since....
As for RAC/AA, try Britannia Rescue instead.