Whether it’s to check your car’s fluid levels, change your oil, add windshield washer fluid, or change your auto battery, it’s crucial to maintain your engine motor in good conditions. But, it can occurs that the bonnet of your Volkswagen Beetle doesn’t want to open, in this instance, what can you do? This is precisely the question we will answer today and help you get out of this annoying position. To accomplish this, we are going to see what can be the causes of a stuck bonnet on your Volkswagen Beetle and then what are the solutions to solve this issue.


Why is my bonnet stuck on my Volkswagen Beetle? What are the solutions to open my bonnet?

As we described before, we will alternately see the causes for a bonnet stuck on your Volkswagen Beetle, and what solutions are available to you to get your bonnet open and repaired.

Broken Volkswagen Beetle bonnet opening cable

1st case scenario. You may not be able to open the bonnet of your Volkswagen Beetle as a consequence of the opening cable. In fact, with wear and tear, or as a result of a failure, 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. Despite the fact this is quite unusual on newer vehicles, it is not inconceivable that you could be the victim of this issue, specifically when there is excessive humidity in the place where you use your Volkswagen Beetle. If this is the case, there are couple of solutions available to you and going to your auto technician seems to be the most simple and most practical technique. You will have to remove the front grille of your Volkswagen Beetle to gain access to 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 Volkswagen Beetle, take it off from the passenger compartment and engine compartment side and replace it.

How to open the bonnet of my Volkswagen Beetle, even if I have a twisted opening lever?

Second situation which can provoke a bonnet stuck on Volkswagen Beetle. 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. With 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 bonnet 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 bonnet of your Volkswagen Beetle. 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 Volkswagen Beetle

Before last cause of a bonnet stuck on Volkswagen Beetle, you may encounter a cable that is starting to have some play. In fact, the bonnet opening system of your car is equipped with a cable that goes from the passenger compartment of your Volkswagen Beetle to the opening locker. This cable may possibly become loose after a while. To solve this issue forever, there is only one method, replace the hood opening cable of your Volkswagen Beetle. 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 Volkswagen Beetle 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 Volkswagen Beetle 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 Volkswagen Beetle, position somebody at the front of your car. And whoever presses moderately on the bonnet of the Volkswagen Beetle, 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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