Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Capel St Mary, Suffolk, UK
If I understand your problem correctly, it is the hood cover clamps that are not releasing. I had the same problem on mine. If alfatec1967's solution does not work (which it didn't on mine) it may be the connections within the motor that releases the clamps. This is the motor that is attached to the spindle that alfatec1967 refers to.
I dismantled the motor and cleaned the brushes and the copper contacts on the spindle. This was a fairly simple job, and has cured the problem at least for the last few months.
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