Secondary bonnet catch on Clio doesn't work, is it serious

Secondary bonnet catch on Clio doesn't work, is it serious

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SlowDarren

Original Poster:

10 posts

9 months

Sunday 6th June
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I currently have a Clio hire car and the secondary bonnet catch is not working, so the bonnet doesn't close fully.

Is this serious enough to ask for a replacement car or can I live with it?

I've sprayed a bit of WD40 but no improvement.

Thanks

The Rotrex Kid

24,589 posts

127 months

Sunday 6th June
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It’ll be serious if it fails at 70mph on a motorway yes.

Odd one though, never seen one with an issue on the newer cars.

SlowDarren

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9 months

Sunday 6th June
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Thank you.

It's Mark IV so I guess that counts as newer.

GreenV8S

28,860 posts

251 months

Sunday 6th June
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SlowDarren said:
ask for a replacement car
Ask whom?

If it's bought from a dealer without this being disclosed as a fault, you're probably entitled to get it fixed and I would certaily want it fixed. It may just be a matter of adjustment.

Pastie Bloater

694 posts

130 months

Sunday 6th June
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OP said hire car.
Also OP that's a failed primary catch, not secondary.
The primary actually latches, the secondary is just a little spring that could easily come open.

SlowDarren

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Sunday 6th June
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Pastie Bloater said:
OP said hire car.
Also OP that's a failed primary catch, not secondary.
The primary actually latches, the secondary is just a little spring that could easily come open.
Thank you. That's worrying.

InitialDave

8,681 posts

86 months

Sunday 6th June
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Older clios had a duff secondary catch, as the design was a sliding plastic affair that was basically rubbish.

But anyway, hire car? Take it back.

GreenV8S

28,860 posts

251 months

Monday 7th June
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Pastie Bloater said:
OP said hire car.
I missed that. Definitely needs fixing and the hire company will want to fix it too.

Pastie Bloater

694 posts

130 months

Monday 7th June
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Just a thought but have you tried pulling the bonnet release?
The catch could be latched closed but with the bonnet open, stopping you then actually closing the bonnet.

The Rotrex Kid

24,589 posts

127 months

Monday 7th June
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InitialDave said:
Older clios had a duff secondary catch, as the design was a sliding plastic affair that was basically rubbish.

But anyway, hire car? Take it back.
That was Clio 2, Clio 4 hasn’t had that issue.

InitialDave

8,681 posts

86 months

Monday 7th June
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The Rotrex Kid said:
That was Clio 2, Clio 4 hasn’t had that issue.
Yeah, I was just mentioning it in case there was something similar in terms of silly design decisions with later ones.

SlowDarren

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Monday 7th June
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Pastie Bloater said:
Just a thought but have you tried pulling the bonnet release?
The catch could be latched closed but with the bonnet open, stopping you then actually closing the bonnet.
Yes I have tried thank you. Is the bonnet release supposed to move the "primary" catch?

When the bonnet is open and I pull the bonnet release, I can hear it doing something, but I can't see anything moving.


SlowDarren

Original Poster:

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Monday 7th June
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Pastie Bloater said:
OP said hire car.
Also OP that's a failed primary catch, not secondary.
The primary actually latches, the secondary is just a little spring that could easily come open.
On further examination I think that the primary is latching to an extent, but isn't holding the bonnet down as snugly as it should.