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#1 rob3


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Posted 10 January 2006 - 04:50 PM

Anyone got any good ideas to stop this happening? Its ****ing up my paint work :wub:

Cant adust the bonnet, as then it wont shut. Its got after market stainless wipers on, im thinking these maybe @ fault

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 05:43 PM

Don't open it so far, if needs be cut the bonnet stay down a bit and reshape the end.

#3 1984mini25


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Posted 10 January 2006 - 06:43 PM

What I’ve always done is

Fold up a rag and place over the wipers
Thus when you open the bonnet it is cushioned from the wipers

Also you could try and bend one o the ends of the bonnet stay so it don't open as far


#4 gsms


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Posted 10 January 2006 - 07:57 PM

Can you not find a compromise position when bolting it to the brackets?

ie: Not so far back that it catches the wipers, but not so far forward that it won't close? I used to have to do this. Or are the wipers still to big?

By the way, my bonnet hinge bolts snapped a little while ago, and in a way it was a blessing (in another way its very annoying). So what I do now is use a little watch-strap thing to fasten the bonnet around the brackets/hinges (just incase the bonnet wants to fly off on the motorway). Then when I need to work on the engine, I undo 2 straps, and take the bonnet off. Simple as that! It's much easier to work on the engine now, rather than ducking under the bonnet!! :grin:

Give it a go! (But make sure it's secure at both the front and rear!)


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Posted 11 January 2006 - 07:36 PM

Or you could buy some real quick release bonnet hinges in you really don't want it to fly off and aren't feeling like a chav! :thumbsup: :w00t:

This is normally just an adjustment issue, not just of the bonnet but also of the wipers. If you slacken off the octagonal (unless your car is really old...) nut under the wiper arm and the two nuts on the wheelbox under the scuttle you can re-align the wipers so that the spindle is pointing directly away from the screen. When you re-tighten everything you should find the wipers clear of the bonnet and wipe the screen better. Be very careful with how you align the spindles as it's really easy to get it wrong. The spindle should be at 90 degrees to the screen when viewed from the side, and perpendicular to the screen when viewed from above. This is the hard bit as you need to take the curve into account but it can be done with a little patience. The rubber blocks rotate around the spindles to adjust the angle when it's all loose.

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