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Bonnet: common faults and their symptoms

  1. Failure of the bonnet lock
    • The bonnet cannot be closed from the first attempt, and closing it requires applying significant force.
    • When driving, the bonnet vibrates, and lifts when passing obstacles.
    • It is not always possible to open the bonnet from inside the passenger compartment, the lock sometimes gets jammed.
    • Sometimes the bonnet may open spontaneously when driving - this is the evidence of complete failure of the bonnet lock.
  2. Deformation
    • The bonnet does not fit tightly to the seat.
    • Sometimes, there are difficulties with opening or closing the bonnet.
  3. Torn of bonnet cable. In case of this fault, opening the engine compartment cover is impossible; it gets jammed in the closed position.

How to repair or replace the bonnet?

Repairing the bonnet of a vehicle may consist in replacing some elements, for example, the lock. Sometimes, if no serious damage is present, adjustment may be sufficient. It consists in loosening bolts and nuts shifting the lock with catch and tightening it in the optimal position. This is a simple procedure that can be done by every vehicle owner.

In case of insignificant deformation, the bonnet is restored, that involves, dismantling, removing of dents, restoring the the original shape of the component, anti-corrosion treatment, and applying a new layer of paint and lacquer, followed by polishing. This work should be entrusted to specialists of service station, since it requires special skills and knowledge.

In case of significant damages or massive deformation, the component is to be replaced. This work should be performed at a service station, as this is a complex procedure that requires special skills.

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