Are you having trouble opening your car bonnet or hood?

No need to stress out, car bonnets/hoods and boots that won’t open is quite a common problem and most of the time it is easy to fix.

In this article, we will discuss the 3 main reasons why this is probably happening and what you can do about it.

Why Does My Car Bonnet / Hood Not Open?

There are 3 main reasons why you can’t open your car bonnet/hood. First, sometimes the bonnet gets jammed, second, the lever can sometimes become faulty, and thirdly it could be a broken cable causing this problem to occur.

  • The Bonnet is Jammed

Sometimes your car bonnet can get jammed and then fail to open when you pull the open lever. This is most commonly caused by the lock rusting or through dirt and grime building up in the engine bay. When this happens, you can try and fix the issue yourself by getting a friend to pull the bonnet/hood up when you pull the open lever, and the bonnet should open up if it is jammed. Just remember not to pull the bonnet up to hard or it might get damaged. If this works then you can spray the latch assembly with CRC and then see if this fixes the problem from happening again. If not, you’ll need to get your bonnet checked out by your local trusted mechanic.

  • Broken LeverCar bonnet jammed

Another cause of the problem is when the lever that you pull to ‘pop’ the bonnet breaks. When this happens, you won’t be able to pull the lever, or it might come disconnected from the cable and you won’t be able to open your bonnet. If the lever is broken it will need to be repaired or replaced by your mechanic.

  • Broken or Loose Cable

The most common reason why a bonnet can’t open is when the cable that connects the latch with the lever breaks or becomes loose. Like all other automotive parts over time the cable can wear out naturally or due to rust or wear and tear. If you pull the lever but the bonnet doesn’t open, then you’ll need to get your mechanic to check the cable.

What Should I Do If My Car Bonnet / Hood Won’t Open?

The parts that work together to open your bonnet are very simple but fixing or replacing them is a job better left to the professionals. So, if your car bonnet can’t open the best thing for you to do is to book your car in with your mechanic.

Can’t Open Car Bonnet / Hood Hamilton

Are you having trouble opening your car bonnet? No need to stress out, the team at Grimmer Motors can help! Book your vehicle in and our skilled team of mechanics will find out the cause of the problem and then provide you with all your options to fix it. For high-quality vehicle servicing and repairs in Hamilton at a great price, contact Grimmer Motors today.

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