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Cant open bonnet of Ford Focus x reg grill operated key lock wont turn

The lock is broke, couldnt get key to turn the mechanism, used wd40 then the pins dropped, couldnt get key in lock, told to drill lock out, now I have no barrel and still cant see how to open bonnet. Any help please

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  • markthemormo Jul 19, 2008

    I am still wanting a solution to my own problem if I get it I will pass it on

  • markthemormo Jul 19, 2008

    I have another problem with the engine cutting off when I dip the clutch, this can be rectified temporarily by flicking the accelerater pedal as I dip the clutch pedal. Its a bit tricky but it works. But how do I solve the problem. The computer check wasnt conclusive.

  • morahmorgan Feb 06, 2009

    unable to put new bonnet lock together (ford mondeo) to suit car key offormer lock!!!! any solutions.................

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Stuck lock, bonnet won’t open ,,,
You do not need to drill holes in the grill or pay ford £200+
DIY..How?
Look into the grill at the top you will find the bottom of 6 plastic revscrews, 4 you get two via the grill slots use a chisel and cut them off, Then one either end of the grill. Place the chisel between two plastic layers, gently lift , check and cut, one each end.
With a wiggle that’s the top loose, There are two clips holding the bottom in place Put your fingers through the bottom slot in the grill, push down clip and greatly pull the grill, do both sides, It won’t come right out but your aim to loosen it., The lock is held in place in a sleeve with a plastic clips each side, you have push the barrel with a suitable item, this is to push it out of the sleeve and out of its housing, It may need a tap!!
Gently wiggle and pull the grill off

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The lock is a ‘lock barrel along a shaft to a white plastic coupling’ this fits in to the ‘bonnet lock’
The security is at the coupling to bonnet lock in the form of a cross shaped plastic key
The key is fitted and held in place in the coupling, and when installed it’s fitted in to the lock, and once it’s in the lock part it will not come out, so therefore any jolt, pull, movement dislodges the plastic key from the coupling side and due to its design it will not slot back in so the lock barrel just rotates
To open you have to apply pressure on the shaft towards the left and into the coupling and turn the key in the lock barrel at the same time in a aim to get the coupling to catch the plastic key (take a few minutes) but it opens in the end if this is the fault, (alternatively remove the two bolts that hold the bonnet catch to the bonnet)
Once bonnet open remove the bonnet lock mechanism, then with draw the lock barrel, shaft, coupling, By looking in side you will understand regarding the cross key
Anyway you need to remove one of the catches from the side of the plastic key This way it will fit back in to coupling.
Reassemble
This is a brief description But the cost to me was 45 minutes, £2 for a pack of plastic rivets / screws, and I cached my bumper with the chisel £5 for a touch up stick Total £7. Well worth the time and effort

Posted on Nov 01, 2009

  • alz009 Oct 30, 2010

    thanks for this advice!!!! I was having problems with my alarm going off due to a broken relay in the latch sensor the part cost £50 but ford charges £150 to undo 2 bolts! I decided I could fit this my self but they don't tell you that you need a new cross plug which is £2 if you don't get this at the same time when you close the bonnet it won't open again!!!! Then instead of breaking your grill you can take off the bottom pan reach up through the engine to the latch mount bolts and undo them, you do have to leaver the latch away from the front due to a circular plastic piece that sits inside this is a slow difficult process but 100% worth it. I caused no damage at all

  • andymacscamp Jan 24, 2011

    If you undo the front section of the undertray, you can clearly see the short cable/shaft going to the bonnet catch. With a pair of mole-grips, crimp this cable tightly and turn in the direction of opening, then back the other way to release the 2nd catch. Undoing the bonnet catch on the bonnet won't work as it is on the inside skin of the bonnet. However, if you undo the 2 screws on the catch mechanism, just above the radiator and prise it backward with a screw driver, the bonnet should lift enough to undo the electrical connection.

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Hi i have mondeo on a 51 plate... the hood (bonnet) lock stopped working... i had to buy whole new lock from ford £40... drilled old one out not a problem but now i cant put lock kit togerther.. i have worked out all but the little round bits and spacers...
any ideas???

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Many many thanks for the help here,my battery was flat so i couldnt get to a garage if i wanted to..i tried drilling out bolts but not having decent drill ended up sawing the bolts off..i had to cut the grill including badge out but have friend who can plastic weld it back..screwdriver trick opened bonnet and i could replace battery...

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