There was an article in the Modern MINI magazine all about what to do on this, think it was about 4 or 5 issues ago, thrown mine out now though.
Something to do with the release cable ferrule to the latch moving from is retainer so you hold it in place with the cable tie to stop it dislocating, something like that, you need to find a copy, maybe you can see one on line?
Not got an old Gen 1 MINI myself so not had the problem.
You say you think the cable has stretched and not allowing the mechanism to click in. Normally, the cable just pulls to release the catch thus unlocking the bonnet. The bonnet catches are normally fail safe, that is to say that if the cables were to break completely, the bonnet would remain locked. If the catch is not latching, I would suspect a seized cable which is not allowing the catch to fully release. All the bonnet closers I have seen have been spring loaded.
I will try and find out which modern mini mag that is. I do have some so maybe have it, but dunno if I chucked um.
I'm just speculating about the cable, the cable always unlocked it. It just doesn't lock it down into the latch? All I would say is I lodged a bit of metal in-between the latch bit and it locked? But I cant have a bit of metal in there!
Ill try and have another look and post back. Thanks again for replying.
I seem to recall it was a buying guide and typical problems associated with the early cars and what to look for?
Defo something about bonnet catch and tie wraps.
One of this years issues anyway, or late last year.
Could have been the one with the pink MINI on the cover?
If the inner cable isnt moving properly or fully then its obviously seizing, remove the cable at the latch, inner and outer, stand it upright by tying up to the bonnet and try to let some penetrating oil run down inside from the end keep doing it and leave it for a while and keep trying the opener to see if it frees off.
Failing that, you would need to completely remove the whole cable system, pull the inner out, and clean and grease it before reassembling.
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