How to open a broken car Bonnet (Toyota Yaris)

At some stage the latch that allows one to open the bonnet on our Toyota Yaris has broken. While this hasn’t been a major inconvenience (the car was off the road pending a new exhaust) I have, over the last few weeks tried various methods and jiggery pokery to get the bonnet open!

Here is what worked for me in the end (with thanks to https://www.wikihow.com/Open-a-Hood-with-a-Broken-Latch for providing additional ideas).

First of all I unhooked the latch mount within the car and ensured that it was “pulled” as far as possible:

I then proceeded to prise the engine grille upwards as far as possible – this gave me enough access to get a screwdriver in to prise off the two generic chassis mounting clips that held the grille in place (see below)

Here are a couple of views of the bonnet bracket which can now be easily unlatched using a screwdriver:

(Finish off with a spot of WD40 methinks!)

UPDATE

While not an exact match I did enjoy this video (especially the bit about the flying screwdriver):

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