Whether it’s to check your car’s fluid levels, change your oil, add windshield washer fluid, or change your battery, it’s fundamental to keep your engine in good conditions. Although, it can happen that the bonnet of your Lexus IS doesn’t want to open, in this case, what can you do? This is exactly the question we will answer in this article and help you get out of this irritating position. To do this, we are going to see what can be the triggers of a stuck bonnet on your Lexus IS and then what are the solutions to remedy this problem.
Why is my bonnet stuck on my Lexus IS? What are the solutions to open my bonnet?
As we revealed previously, we will alternately see the explanations for a bonnet stuck on your Lexus IS, and what solutions you can execute to get your bonnet open and repaired.
Broken Lexus IS bonnet opening cable
First case situation. You may not be able to open the bonnet of your Lexus IS due to the opening cable. Indeed, with wear and tear, or as a result of a malfunction, the cable that goes from your passenger compartment to your hood may crumble over time or get stuck in the shell that protects it. Even though this is quite unusual on newer cars, it is not unimaginable that you could be the victim of this problem, especially when there is extra humidity in the location where you use your Lexus IS. If this is the case, there are couple of choices available to you and going to your auto mechanic seems the most effective and most practical approach. You will have to take off the front grille of your Lexus IS 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 the broken part of the bonnet cable of your Lexus IS, remove it from the passenger compartment and engine compartment side and swap it.
How to open the bonnet of my Lexus IS, regardless if I have a twisted opening lever?
Second situation which can generate a bonnet stuck on Lexus IS. It is this time at the level of the secondary lever which is used to finish the action of opening the cover of your car. As time passes, 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 scenario, a treatment 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 strength. This will open the locked hood of your Lexus IS. Then if it is twisted, try to straighten it with your pliers. Or swap it with a new one.
Play in the cable to open the stuck bonnet of your Lexus IS
Before last trigger of a bonnet stuck on Lexus IS, you may be victim of a cable that is starting to have some play. In truth, the bonnet opening system of your car is equipped with a cable that goes from the passenger compartment of your Lexus IS to the opening locker. This cable might become loose over time. To solve this problem completely, there is only one alternative, replace the hood opening cable of your Lexus IS. 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 Lexus IS 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 Lexus IS stuck
Finally, the last case is when the bonnet gets stuck when the passenger compartment handle is operated. In such a case, to unlock the hood of your Lexus IS, position someone at the front of your car. And whoever presses moderately on the bonnet of the Lexus IS, it will have the consequence of releasing some play so that the lock will be unlocked when you activate the interior handle.
If you have any additional questions about the Lexus IS, do not hesitate to consult our Lexus IS category.