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Join Date: Jun 2005
Adjusting the ZS/45 Bonnet latches and buffers
If your bonnet is not at the correct height or is rattling around, this should help you.
There are 4 adjustable items , 2 strikers and 2 buffers that control the bonnet height and rigidity:
These are adjusted by loosening the nut behind the spring and screwing the striker pin in or out. Don't forget to re-tighten when you have finished. If the nut is tight, it may be easier to remove the striker from the bonnet and work on it away from the bonnet to avoid damage.
the other adjustment is 2 buffers:
When correctly adjusted, the buffers control the bonnet height at the edges so it is flush with the wings, and the strikers are adjusted to put a load on the buffers to stop it rattling.
Here is how it can be done:
1. Screw the buffers fully down
2. Close bonnet and make 100% certain that both latches are operating at around the same point. If they are not both latching, unscrew the striker a couple of turns on the striker that is not being latched.
3.See where the striker springs cause the bonnet to rest at the wings.
If it flush with the wings then the bonnet will probably be rattling a little. Adjust the striker by screwing the pin in (clockwise) by 1 or 2 turns.
If the bonnet is proud of the wings, screw the striker in until it is 2-3mm below flush
If it is more then about 3mm below flush, there may be too much load on the strikers for the release cable to stand, so let the striker out a little.
4. Unscrew the buffers so the bonnet is flush when closed. When correct, the bonnet will not rattle, should open without excessive force on the lever and should be easily closed.
I don't find it easy to avoid funny noises in cars, but sometimes you just have to.... Or do you?
Join Date: Aug 2016
Re: Adjusting the ZS/45 Bonnet latches and buffers
Currently, among MANY other things, chasing down a front end noise that knocks over bumps.
This would NOT have been one of the things I`d have thought of myself. Just been and set the bonnet up an absolute treat with thanks to ANOTHER Sheddist "how to".
Not sure if the Legend that is Sheddist still frequents ZS cyber land but I would VERY much like to shake that man`s hand and raise a glass with him.
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