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post #1 of 40 Old 10-10-2014, 04:32 AM Thread Starter
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Can't open bonnet

I'm wondering if it is just me or if anybody else has experienced difficultly opening their bonnet?
You pull the leaver twice and the bonnet should just be able to lift open, however, after I've pulled the leaver twice one side of the bonnet is ready to be lifted up but the other side is stuck. The only way around this is for somebody else to pull the leaver whilst I lift open the bonnet, not something I could do if I break down by myself.
Is there a knack to this Im missing or is something not quite right?
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I have to pull the lever more than twice, I think, I just keep pulling it until it sounds like the catches have been released, if you know what I mean!

I expect you have tried that though.
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Mine seems to take three pulls
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I'm wondering if it is just me or if anybody else has experienced difficultly opening their bonnet?
You pull the leaver twice and the bonnet should just be able to lift open, however, after I've pulled the leaver twice one side of the bonnet is ready to be lifted up but the other side is stuck. The only way around this is for somebody else to pull the leaver whilst I lift open the bonnet, not something I could do if I break down by myself.
Is there a knack to this Im missing or is something not quite right?
Mine is very difficult to pull (I have to wear gloves) ( no comments please!) but it does open on the count of two. A frail person could NOT open my Mini hood/bonnet.

Put it down to bad design.

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Yes I've tried to pull it more than twice but no luck I'm scared that if I pull it any harder the leaver will snap! I definitely wouldn't consider myself to have a lot of muscle so that might just be the problem. It's just strange how one side pops open and can be lifted up but the other side seems to stick. Will let MINI know when it's time for a service.
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Yes I've tried to pull it more than twice but no luck I'm scared that if I pull it any harder the leaver will snap! I definitely wouldn't consider myself to have a lot of muscle so that might just be the problem. It's just strange how one side pops open and can be lifted up but the other side seems to stick. Will let MINI know when it's time for a service.
Don't hold your breath waiting for your car to tell you a service is due!

I looked on the central display thing under vehicle information, I think it was, and dates like 2016 and 2017 came up for things like oil change and brake fluid change.
The old one year or 10000miles, or sooner, rule obviously no longer applies!
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Because of this message the first thing I did as part of the pre-purchase inspection yesterday was open the bonnet. Two firm pulls on the handle, then an easy lift up on the hood. No issues here.
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I notice there is very little grease applied to modern cars-I've greased mine-both sides with a bit of spray on white ptfe grease-seems fine! They don't seem to put grease on any hinges or things these days so I go over all my cars as soon as I get them and give them a squirt-certainly with r56 door handles it really helped. No problems as yet with my f56 bonnet but I have sprayed anything that moves!
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Just tried to open my mothers F56 bonnet to top up oil and although I pulled the catch twice the bonnet only opened slightly. I assume there are two catches to release. No amount of pulling release lever will open the bonnet. Looks like a careful drive to the dealer.
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That is annoying, hope it is easily sorted.

Also, I am surprised that it needs oil!
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