Whether it’s to check your car’s fluid levels, change your oil, add windshield washer fluid, or replace your car battery, it’s necessary to maintain your engine motor in good conditions. Nevertheless, it can occurs that the bonnet of your BMW i3 doesn’t want to open, in this case, what can you do? This is specifically the query we will answer today and help you to get out of this irritating situation. To accomplish this, we are going to see what can be the causes of a stuck bonnet on your BMW i3 and then what are the possibilities to cure this trouble.


Why is my bonnet stuck on my BMW i3? What are the possibilities to open my bonnet?

As we revealed before, we will alternately see the causes for a bonnet stuck on your BMW i3, and what possibilities you can execute to get your bonnet open and repaired.

Broken BMW i3 bonnet opening cable

1st case situation. You may not be able to open the bonnet of your BMW i3 due to the opening cable. Indeed, with wear and tear, or due to a malfunction, the cable that goes from your passenger compartment to your bonnet may crumble after a while or get stuck in the shell that protects it. Though this is quite rare on newer automobiles, it is not inconceivable that you could be the victim of this trouble, specifically when there is excess humidity in the place where you use your BMW i3. If this is the case, there are couple of choices available to you and going to your auto mechanic seems to be the easiest and most practical method. You will have to take off the front grille of your BMW i3 to access the lock on your stuck bonnet. Using a large flat screwdriver you will be able to open your car’s bonnet lock by exerting a force on the lock to release it from the spring. Once open, you can try to locate the broken portion of the bonnet cable of your BMW i3, get rid of it from the passenger compartment and engine compartment side and change it.

How to open the bonnet of my BMW i3, regardless if I have a twisted opening lever?

Second situation which can generate a bonnet stuck on BMW i3. It is this time at the level of the secondary lever which is used to end the procedure of opening the cover of your car. Over time, this lever may break or twist, and thus prevent you from completing the opening of your engine compartment. You should still be able to unlock the bonnet from inside your car, but not fully open it. In this situation, a remedy is to use multi-function clamps and in the gap between the bonnet and the grille, grab the rest of the lever or the untwisted section of your lever and pull it with strength. This will open the locked bonnet of your BMW i3. Then if it is twisted, try to straighten it with your pliers. Or change it with a new one.

Play in the cable to open the stuck bonnet of your BMW i3

Before last justification of a bonnet stuck on BMW i3, you may facing a cable that is starting to have some play. Indeed, the bonnet opening system of your car is equipped with a cable that goes from the passenger compartment of your BMW i3 to the opening locker. This cable might become loose after a while. To remedy this trouble completely, there is only one alternative, change the hood opening cable of your BMW i3. However, you will need a one-off solution in order to be able to open the cover of your car, you will have to ask a friend or relative to help you. Position the person at the front of your BMW i3 who holds the lever down as if they wanted to finish opening the bonnet. And position yourself in the passenger compartment to pull the hood release handle on your car. If this doesn’t function, you can always try to do as in the case of a broken cable with a pair of clamps. Otherwise go to your garage.

Bonnet of my BMW i3 stuck

Finally, the last situation is when the bonnet gets stuck when the passenger compartment handle is operated. In this instance, to unlock the hood of your BMW i3, position someone at the front of your motor vehicle. And whoever presses moderately on the bonnet of the BMW i3, it will have the consequence of releasing some play so that the lock will be unlocked when you activate the interior handle.

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