Question about BMW X3 Series
Bonnet cable snapped bonnet not opening
Posted by Anonymous on
REMOVE KIDNEY GRILL, GET A DENTAL PICK, TUG ON THE OPEN SPACE THAT EXPOSES THE CABLE RIGHT BEFORE IT GOES TO THE LATCH, TUG ON IT TO ACTIVATE THE LATCH AND IT WILL OPEN
Posted on Nov 03, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
There are two release catches about 15" to the right and left of the centre safety catch. Roughly at each end of the top of the radiator.
The bonnet release cable goes first to the right hand one then there is a wire from that to the left, in a daisy chain way. They are typically French, cables fit into plastic levers ( a bit like bike brakes) not metal which break easily. replacements are not cheap. You need to be able to pull the cable to both catches to get the bonnet up. I managed to do this from underneath. In my case the, left hand one was broken and right hand one was working, but the getting it open broke the bit that that pulls the left. Managed to away with buying just one new catch as they are identical, swopping the right partly broken one over to the left side.
Posted on Dec 18, 2008
Loo between both light in the long **** shape gap just below where the bonnet is. If you look to the right, you should see a black cable hanging down. If not the it has snapped away, but if you can. Here is what you can to to open the bonnet. Use a long pair of plires and gab the cable. When you have a good grip, pull the cable firmly to the right (passenger side light). This should open the bonnet. It has worked for me....
Hope this helps
Posted on May 10, 2009
hmm u mite have to grab the rest of the cable if any left in the catch part of the lock under the bonnet and pull it with pliers.failing that get a screw driver and see if u can push the catch to release the bonnet through the grill.failling that undo the lock through the grill with a rachet usually 10mm socket hope this helps..
Posted on May 21, 2009
SOURCE: VW Bora: Can't open bonnet
first of all not an easy job,you need to get the front grill off and look upwards for a cover that will be covering up the bonnet catch,basicly bend or pull this off,you should then see were the cable goes in,then you should be able to bar the catch with a screwdriver to release it. best of luck
Posted on Jul 15, 2009
This is a hard one, you will need to do this from the bottom and the front grille area, its not easy to do but can be opened, you will first need to try and locate a part of the cable thats still connected to latches and try to pull on it to release the hood, if theres not way to do this then you will have to locate the latches and release them this is difficult to do you will need to know what to look for and how to release them.
Posted on Jan 15, 2011
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