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  • [Corsa C 2000-2006] Looking for advice on car body corsa c

    this is i my first post here and am looking for some advice on my son's car. it is a 04 plate corsa 1.2 (corsa c i think) anyway recently he had a very minor shunt where an ambulance braked in front of him and he rolled into the back of it at maybe 10-15mph.
    prior to this shunt i am not sure if the defects in the pictures i will post existed or not. i can physically see no sign of any movement in bonnet or wings, nothing is loose and it all looks in line however as you come down the bonnet to the front of the car the gap between the bonnet and wings gets wider maybe 1/2 inch its almost as if the bonnet has shrunk slightly.
    anyone any ideas?
    thanks.

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  • #2
    Double check the slam panel. I had similar damage years ago on an earlier model corsa which bent the slam panel, crash bar, and bonnet lip.
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    • #3
      thanks for the reply, i will have to google this slam panel, am guessing its not a repair the home enthusiast could do and he's stuck with it like that?

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      • #4
        The slam panel is the front member that runs across between the headlights when underneath the bonnet; the panel that the bonnet catch is on.

        As the bumper is plastic, on low speed impacts it tends to just flex, however the slam panel is metal and so that will deform.
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        • #5
          If it's not too bad it can be pulled back straight.
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          • #6
            thanks for the replies, you guys make it sound so simple
            so if this slam panel is deformed has the impact caused it to push back and kind of pop the wings out further than they should be? so in theory the slam panel needs to pull forward and the wings should go back in.....is that correct in an overly simplified way?

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            • #7
              I think its more likely that the bonnet has been distorted by the slam panel,rather than the wings pushed out. If possible try and compare measurements with an identical car. If the slam panel was pushed back towards the engine in an impact, then so was the catch on the bonnet. Although it may look normal the bonnet may indeed be shorter than it was, but bowed upwards, either permanently or,every time you shut the bonnet..Or the slam panel catch may have been dislodged upwards, so the bonnet no longer shuts down as far as it did. Is the bonnet as easy to shut as it used to be. Are the catch on the bonnet and lock on the panel still exactly aligned?
              You could try a test. Tie some fairly thin but strong cord around the bonnet catch,slam panel,and shut the bonnet. Tie the other end of the cord around a tree,lamp post etc. Get someone to carefully watch the panel gap , while the car is pushed (not driven) gently and gradually away from the tree. If the gap starts to decrease slightly (even if it springs back again) you know this is where the problem lies, although it may still be the source even if there is no movement. Be careful to stop before anything is damaged. If distortion is not too bad you may be able to pull things back permanently using a similar but heavier duty method. Body shops often correct panel gaps by fairly crude and quite brutal methods.
              Once you know where to look a distorted slam panel may be quite obvious. If the source is not obvious an expert may be able to sort things out quite quickly and cheaply if no parts or spraying is involved.
              Last edited by Bugman; 18-06-2015, 04:25 PM.

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              • #8
                The line of the bonnet looks distorted in that last picture. If you can get a photo of the bonnet open, looking down at where the bonnet catch is and the radiator, someone should be able to tell you if it looks right or not.

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                • #9
                  I've had another look at the photos and more convinced than ever that the bonnet is distorted. As Danny says there are possibly a couple of tell tale dents at the start of the crease,suggesting the bonnet has bent out of shape from this point forwards.The shut line no longer follows the same curve as the headlights,which would not have changed. If you can correct the shut panel you may be able to coax the bonnet back into near enough the right shape.

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                  • #10
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