Whether it’s to check your car’s fluid levels, change your oil, add windshield washer fluid, or replace your auto battery, it’s crucial to keep your engine unit in good conditions. Nevertheless, it can happen that the bonnet of your Citroen Cactus doesn’t want to open, in such a case, what are your options? This is specifically the concern we will answer today and help you get out of this annoying situation. To accomplish this, we are going to see what can be the triggers of a stuck bonnet on your Citroen Cactus and then what are the possibilities to remedy this problem.
Why is my bonnet stuck on my Citroen Cactus? What are the possibilities to open my bonnet?
As we revealed previously, we will alternately see the causes for a bonnet stuck on your Citroen Cactus, and what possibilities are available to you to get your bonnet open and repaired.
Broken Citroen Cactus bonnet opening cable
1st case situation. You may not be able to open the bonnet of your Citroen Cactus resulting from the opening cable. In fact, with wear and tear, or because of a malfunction, the cable that goes from your passenger compartment to your hood may fall apart after a while or get stuck in the shell that protects it. Nevertheless this is quite unusual on newer cars, it is not improbable that you could be the victim of this problem, especially when there is excessive humidity in the location where you use your Citroen Cactus. If this is the case, there are couple of solutions available to you and going to your auto mechanic seems to be the simplest and most practical strategy. You will have to take off the front grille of your Citroen Cactus 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 find out the broken part of the bonnet cable of your Citroen Cactus, get rid of it from the passenger compartment and engine compartment side and replace it.
How to open the bonnet of my Citroen Cactus, even if I have a twisted opening lever?
Second possibility which can generate a bonnet stuck on Citroen Cactus. 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 open the bonnet from inside your car, but not fully open it. In this scenario, 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 Citroen Cactus. 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 stuck bonnet of your Citroen Cactus
Before last justification of a bonnet stuck on Citroen Cactus, you may be victim of a cable that is starting to have some play. In fact, the bonnet opening mechanism of your car is equipped with a cable that goes from the passenger compartment of your Citroen Cactus to the opening locker. This cable may become loose after a while. To remedy this problem completely, there is only one solution, change the hood opening cable of your Citroen Cactus. 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 somebody to help you. Position the person at the front of your Citroen Cactus 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 mechanic.
Bonnet of my Citroen Cactus stuck
Finally, the last case is when the bonnet gets stuck when the passenger compartment handle is operated. In this instance, to unlock the hood of your Citroen Cactus, position someone at the front of your car. And whoever presses moderately on the bonnet of the Citroen Cactus, 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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