Help - Bonnet not opening

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Machpb
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Help - Bonnet not opening

Post by Machpb » Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:48 pm

Hi guys,

Stuck with a little problem, I am unable to unlatch my bonnet to open it up to top up the oil.

The bonnet release in the cabin simply has no resistance and doesn’t feel normal, which I think may mean that the cable may have snapped?

I’ve tried pulling the latch and carefully pushing down on the bonnet with no luck!

Any ideas? I need to get the bonnet open to add oil after the top up warning came on and I commute a fair few miles per week.

It’s a 2006 BMW E85 3.0

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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Help - Bonnet not opening

Post by Grumpyowl » Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:38 pm

Take off one of the grills to access the catch

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Help - Bonnet not opening

Post by Ducklakeview » Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:43 pm

As above, lift grille and pull bottom forward. You'll then be able to operate the cam to release it with a long screwdriver.

There is a plastic joint just behind the drivers headlight that falls to pieces and stops the handle working.

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Help - Bonnet not opening

Post by ian in lancs » Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:37 pm

classic problem! The catch is exposed to the elements so when you've sorted keep lubed with waterproof grease
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Help - Bonnet not opening

Post by Machpb » Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:10 pm

Thanks chaps for your advice! I've managed to finally get the bonnet open by accessing the cable through the wheel arch.

However, I am now unable to close my bonnet properly, it just won't latch as it normally would. Has anyone come across a remedy for this by any chance?

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