There is an irritating
little problem on the SZ/RZ; where the bonnet prop enters the
front slam panel the hole isn't fitted with a grommet (not on
my car anyway!) and over time the prop, combined with the bonnet
weight, distorts the hole and it begins to look unsightly.
van de Beek recommends a solution which I've photographed
as the small, but very worthwhile, modification was completed.
You can see the damage,
even on my very low mileage example. A few more services and this
would be a real mess.
Find a piece of tubing
that fits over the bonnet prop. This is 10mm with a 1mm sidewall.
Then borrow someone's
hairdryer to soften the tube to assist with fitting.
You could also put the tube in warm
water but I didn't want fluids everywhere.
Lightly lubricate the
bonnet prop and area where the tube will fit, warm the tube and
push it on as far as it will go.
The tube I had was a bit
tight and took several more "warmings" and lots of persuasion
to go on, but it went eventually!
This is as far as mine
would go, even after lots of persuasion!