Bonnett release lever will not open bonnet series 3 bmw
The bonnet release mechanism in car will not allow bonnett to open,have stripped lever mechanism and reassembled ,still no good.
Have removed both front radiator grills to expose cable at front of car,where adjuster is situated on cable ,have exposed inner cable and tried to move,with little success,however the right hand side as you face the bonnett is free,leaving the left handside stuck firm ,at the moment i am not sure which way to procceed ,.I have even considered a can opener . Perhaps you can help me out ,as i am convinced there has to be a simpler way. your sinceerly happy motorist. the year of car is 1999
Re: bonnett release lever will not open bonnet series 3...
The cable is routed from the lever to the drivers side fender where there is a box mechanism. There, 2 cables are pulled by the release cable and each runs to a latch on the corners. It sounds like you only released one of the latches. Trace back to the box where the cable splits.
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Provided there is still resistance felt in the lever indicating that the cable is still intact have someone put one hand on the bonnet between the grill and the left head light and the other hand in the same place next to the right headlight and while pushing down on the bonnet in these two locations then have someone pull on and hold the lever up then release your weight from the bonnet and try pulling up whilst the person is holding open the lever, if it opens the two bonnet latches need lubricating.
i assume you have tried pulling the cable including the outer insulator, then next step is from the front left corner of the bonnet!!:using a long 90 degree needle nose pliers,grab the black insulator and move towards the wing (important to only access here otherwise radiator/condensor can be damaged, if this fails then the end of cable BALL is broken! . access thru behind the grille FROM UNDER THE VEHICLE (locate the cable entry hole on the bracket, the release lever is onthe blind side of it ) good luck, tricky but a good pen flash light will be very useful. once open relace cable and TEST MECHANISM AND OPERATION without closing bonnet!
You will be able to open the hood if you pull off your splash guard and use a long long flat head screwdriver or something like that. You'll see the hood latch in front of the radiator with the cable attached to it at the top near the hood, put it on the drivers side edge of the bottom of the latch and pry to the passenger side, the lever moves from the drivers side to the passengers side, the cable basically pulls the top of it to achieve this. so your doing the same thing on the bottom with the screwdriver.
Release the latch from underneath by the lever that you have to pry towards the passenger side. Then open the hood, and repair or replace the safety release mechanism. This is very simple to remove out from the hood.
Okay, so the hood latch cable on your BMW 3 series has broken. Normally the cable itself will snap and a you can purchase a new cable that can be threaded through the casing and reconnected to the hood latch. You will need to get the hood open, so hopefully there will be some access to the hood latch mechanism from underneath the front of the vehicle.
Anti-clockwise quart of rotation turn the "Ford" blue symbol placed in the middle of radiator grill. Now you will see the bonnet locking hub. Insert and turn on the left direction the ignition key in the locking hub, and the safety mechanism of the bonnet will be unlocked! Now you can open the engine bonnet!
find bonnet catch and while someone pushes down on bonnet, pull the cable from behind the release lever (normally a black plastic covered wire) either the cable has siezed or the outer cable has sliped out of its retaining plate, if cable has broke, then access from under car with long rod to push lever over, again someone lightly pushing on bonnet will make it eaiser