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    Hi guys,

    Well. Here we are at our roadworthy inspection and the left bonnet release has come loose and won't unlock. Any hints??

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    a long screwdriver inserted between the bonnet and bumper can be used to push the catch open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by faulksy View Post
    a long screwdriver inserted between the bonnet and bumper can be used to push the catch open.
    Thank you, we did get it open - and I found another thread that explained options, but I was in a panic at the time! Daphne is still nowhere near ready for registration, laws have tightened up a lot since I last registered a classic.

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    Melanie - I do not want to publish the fix on a public forum. Read the PM I am sending
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    Oo, a secret fixÖintriguing! I'll know who to ask if mine ever gets stuck!


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    That work for a 1971 ID19 Safari? Hope so, I just asked that question last week? I guess enough torque on the screwdriver would force it ope... worst case it screws up the bracket a bit, but sure beats cutting a hole in the hood.
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    Hello, it's not a question of torque. At the very front of the catch mechanism is a hole. You push the rod into this hole and it pushes the catch mechanism open.
    There is a guy on ebay selling this tool, one look at it and you can see you can make one from a paint roller used behind radiators. Walmart must sell them.
    Don't stick your screwdriver in and twist, you will balls it up
    Have you downloaded the manual I mentioned in my reply to you Safari post, it will all become clear
    Brand New Citroen ID19 DS19 DS20 DS21 DS23 Bonnet catch opening tool MR4538 | eBay

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    At the end of the 814 repair manual (vol 1) is a drawing for making the bonnet release tool. See p448. I made one by bending and cutting a cheap paint roller handle. It sits hidden in the inside roof rail (alongside a spare clutch cable and a few other bits and pieces), for those rare occasions when needed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajaxvte View Post
    At the end of the 814 repair manual (vol 1) is a drawing for making the bonnet release tool. See p448.
    On my digital copy, page 448 is a very nice plan for building a coal wagon (or something similar). The bonnet tool is on my page 453. I'm not sure if that is because I added into the PDF extra pages that were missing on the downloaded copy, or because the downloadable copy has been updated and expanded. I don't want to hammer the site by downloading it again to check.

    There have been several digital versions of this over the years thanks to the efforts of the NSW Club and then others and it is periodically cleaned up and tidied. Length changes as a result. I did a page by page comparison of my hard copies to the latest digital copies last year. The currently available downloadable version is about the best you are going to get. It's a bit confusing where the A3 fold out pages would have been, but that's not a problem. I printed a copy out to keep as a spare in the workshop.

    I vaguely remember moving one or two pages that were in the wrong places though that may have been in volume 2 (or even manual 518!). Incidentally, I found several photos in the digital copies that are better quality than in my printed copies. i think this might be because the PDF is taken from bound versions of the originals (from after 74?), whereas my hard copies are the ring binder versions from March and December 74.

    Anyway, if you're looking for the diagram of the bonnet release tool, its three pages from the end of the 814-1 manual - page 6 of the "Specifications of tools not on sale" section - wherever that is in your particular digital copy.
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