Originally Posted by neverbuyanalfa
It is a design fault - if it had been designed correctly the problem would not happen. What other modern cars needs the bonnet catch dismantling to maintain it because it seizes up due to the way it has been designed.
Renault have been targeted by BBC Watchdog for similar occurances on the Clio II since January 07. Watchdog also maintain that the fault is a flawed design even though inspections have been carried out by VOSA who agree with the manufacturer that there is no fundamental design problem, but purely a corrosion issue.
Do you chase after the manufacturer if your car needs welding to pass its 10 year MOT?
Many manufacturers have had stiff or siezing bonnet catches, it is an enviromentally induced problem.
As a technician for the last 13 years, I know to look for this problem and clean/lube as necessary. The manufacturers I am aware of do include a bonnet catch check on the service schedule.
I think that is where the problems start, people become lazy and don't check anything on their cars, with some it is remarkable that they work out how to put fuel in the tank, as for checking tyre pressure, oil/fluid levels, etc. there is no hope!
Exactly! Most people are incredibly naive when it comes to their cars, EG tyres worn to the canvass and obviously low on pressure, with baby seats in the back! Scarey!
'My tyre pressure monitor is faulty, it says I've got a flat tyre'
'Have you checked your tyre pressures recently?'
'Well...they were checked at the last service....10K ago'
You'd be amazed at the number of enquiries I get asking how something works etc...
R-T-F-H = READ THE ? HANDBOOK!