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Welcome to my world. There is always a feeling of tension when pulling a bonnet release and finding it stiff and hard to pull. There is a danger it will break and cause untold troubles. This is why I remove and lubricate the cable whenever I encounter such a thing.

Sometimes the handle will break off and leave enough cable to grip with visegrips or similar. An assistant should be pressing down and releasing the bonnet while tension is applied to the cable.

If the cable broke further along and there is no access, you have to do whatever needs to be done to open the bonnet to gain access. Sometimes it is possible to remove enough components from under the engine compartment to provide access - pulleys, belts, cowlings, fan, radiator and so forth.

The other way in would be from the front removing grille, bumper and whatever panelwork that must be removed.

Neglecting to oil a bonnet cable can result in a lot of inconvenience, skinned knuckles and frayed patience and sometimes expense...

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