hi all bought myself a 05 2.0l jts veloce today,
the problem i have is after opening the bonnet i cant seem to close it.i managed to close ita good slam but this does not always work.
does anybody have any solutions?
The other concern i have is the cambelt is due as the car has covered 72,000,and was last changed at 38,000,where is the best place to get this done at a good price?
I just overhauled my one, It had to be pushed down hard to close and no amount of dropping the bonnet would get it to shut !!!!
It now closes being dropped 6-7 inches.
The following was done roadside and if I was at the workshop it would have been done using a chemical parts washer.
Remove the catch assembly, its just a few bolts, once removed check if the cable release is smooth and operates fully in/out without having to push back in under force with the bonnet release catch, if its free and works ok then continue to the next part.
If the cable is stiff or seized pull the cable out of the slam panel back to the battery area and lift up vertically so you can get some oil down inside the cable covering to free up the inner wire.
Leave it to soak and top up every few mins whilst you are doing the next part below.
* Take the catch assembly and soak in old washing bowl with strong detergent use a old toothbrush to thoroughly clean all the catch parts to make sure they move freely, if you want to strip it down take a picture so you remember where the springs go (I usually get called away when working and need reminding where bits belong), wash off after cleaning with hot water then dry with heat gun hot air drier or paper towel, re-grease moving parts and spray the rest with penetrating oil to cover the catch.
Then refit once the cable has been freed up, (if it was necessary) .
Once you have the catch fitted with the release cable fitted, leave it finger tight on the bolts and push the catch assembly as far down as it goes, adjust the rubber stops on the bonnet all the way out, let the bonnet down to rest on the rubber stops and look to see how much the rubber stops need winding in to to align it with the wing top edges then adjust the rubbers accordingly.
Once you have this approximately done raise the catch and nip the bolts up then gently put the bonnet down on the catch to see if it needs raising/lowering/left/right adjustment.
Continue this way until the bonnet locks in the correct position then fully tighten the catch bolts.
Drop the bonnet only ever under 10 inches to see if it locks ok
If you lived a bit closer I would quote you for a cambelt change
Wherever you get it done make sure a tensioner kit is used not just the belt.