Whether it’s to check your car’s levels, change your oil, add windshield washer fluid, or change your battery, access to your car’s engine block is important to keep it in good working order. But, it can happen that the bonnet of your car doesn’t want to open, in this case, what can you do? This is precisely the question we will answer today and help you get out of this annoying situation. To do so, we are going to see in turn that they can be the causes of a stuck bonnet on your car and then what are the solutions to remedy this problem.
Why is my bonnet stuck on my car? What are the solutions to open my bonnet?
As we explained earlier, we will take turns to see the reasons for a bonnet stuck on your car, and what solutions are available to you to get your bonnet open and repaired.
Broken car bonnet opening cable
First case scenario. You may not be able to open the bonnet of your car because of the opening cable. Indeed, with wear and tear, or because of a malfunction, the cable that goes from your passenger compartment to your hood may crumble over time or get stuck in the sheath that protects it. Although this is quite rare on newer vehicles, it is not impossible that you could be the victim of this problem, especially when there is excess humidity in the area where you use your car. If this is the case, there are few solutions available to you and going to your mechanic seems the simplest and most practical method. You will have to remove the front grille of your car to access the lock on your locked 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 part of the hood cable of your car, remove it from the passenger compartment and engine compartment side and replace it.
How to open the bonnet of my car, even if I have a twisted opening lever?
Second possibility which can generate a bonnet stuck on car. It is this time at the level of the secondary lever which is used to finish 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 solution is to use multi-function clamps and in the gap between the hood and the grille, grab the rest of the lever or the untwisted portion of your lever and pull it with force. This will open the locked hood of your car. Then if it is twisted, try to straighten it with your pliers. Or replace it with a new one.
Play in the cable to open the blocked bonnet of your car
Before last cause of a bonnet stuck on car, you may be victim of a cable that is starting to have some play. Indeed, the bonnet opening mechanism of your car is equipped with a cable that goes from the passenger compartment of your car to the opening locker. This cable may become loose over time. To solve this problem permanently, there is only one solution, change the hood opening cable of your car. 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 someone to help you. Position the person at the front of your car 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 work, 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 car stuck
Finally, the last case is when the bonnet gets stuck when the passenger compartment handle is operated. In this case, to unlock the hood of your car, position someone at the front of your car. And whoever presses moderately on the bonnet of the car, it will have the consequence of releasing some play so that the lock will be unlocked when you activate the interior handle.