DanD

Bonnet pops open by itself

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My car has been used twice over the last 10 days... last time was around 5pm yesterday when I went to buy some bread. No issue.

The car has been parked on the drive since, facing the front door.

Just now (2.15PM), I heard a popping sound, and the alarm went off. I went outside: no one around apart from my next door neighbour working in her front garden. She confirmed that no one had been anywhere near the car. I unlocked the car to reset the alarm and noticed that the bonnet had popped up. I opened it fully, closed it again, and locked the car.

Any idea was to what could cause the bonnet to pop open while the car is stationary and locked? - the last time the bonnet was opened was when the car went in for a service, a couple of weeks before the lockdown.

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This might not help Dan, mine when I pull the trigger the bonnet stays in the shut position, I have to sort of bounce the bonnet to pop it up

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38 minutes ago, DanD said:

Any idea was to what could cause the bonnet to pop open while the car is stationary and locked?

you haven't got some sort of rodent trying to make a home in there causing this maybe  ?

Malc

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Check all the moving parts are free (cable, latch assy) and make sure the release knob fully returns after pulling it, spray some lube around the latch.

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There are two catches.  The second is the manual one that stops you lifting the bonnet after you normally pull the release lever.  The first is the one that you release with the lever and it is quite making it to that catch.  You can adjust it although you need to work out what is going on.  Has it ever had any bodywork done because that might be it but there are usually two adjustable bumpers that it closes to and they might be screwed too far out.  You check by looking at the alignment with the wings.  You really must sort it out before driving because apart from giving you a near heart attack if it flies up in motion, you won’t be able to see.

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19 hours ago, Malc said:

you haven't got some sort of rodent trying to make a home in there causing this maybe  ?

Malc

 

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OK sorted.

Had the same issue with my wife's Mini two days after my original post.

My son (19), kindly topped up the screen wash in both cars as he was topping up his own. He admitted that he may not have slammed the bonnets down hard enough for them to lock properly, 'for fear of damaging them'. 🙂

No problem since.

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My bonnet will only close if I slam it. If it is caught on the hand release clip it will bounce open all day long

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