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kjayf
Joined: Tue 15 Nov, 2005 21:55
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  Other roadster
Location: ipswich

Bonnet stuck shut

Post by kjayf » Tue 05 Jun, 2012 14:26

Hi
I have a slight problem in that I cannot open the bonnet of my Z3, when I pull the lever in the footwell there is little to no resistance, therefore I suspect the cable has broken or the connection linkage broke. Is there a straightforward method of opening the bonnet in this situation.

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motco
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  Z3 roadster 2.2i

Re: Bonnet stuck shut

Post by motco » Tue 05 Jun, 2012 14:58

I had this happen and my local Indie workshop opened it and sorted out a new catch and cable. It involves popping out the kidney grills I believe. Good Luck!

bobi
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  Z3 roadster 1.9i
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Re: Bonnet stuck shut

Post by bobi » Tue 05 Jun, 2012 16:37

i too have this problem it was intermitent but now stuck closed all the time,,,,2 things i do that work..1 get someone to lift bonnet whilst you pull lever,,,,2 put some thing under bonnet release lever deicer tin with lid will do then you can lift bonnet,,,,,ive adjusted screws under bonnet ive greased the pin and springs and cable,,,,,,ive just got used to the 2 methods !!!!

Bob

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EnthuZiaZT
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  Z3 roadster 2.0
Location: Sutton, Cambridgeshire

Re: Bonnet stuck shut

Post by EnthuZiaZT » Tue 05 Jun, 2012 17:23

Try asking someone to press down on the bonnet while you pull the lever, it may be that the cable needs lubricating. :idea:
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kjayf
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Re: Bonnet stuck shut

Post by kjayf » Tue 05 Jun, 2012 17:39

thanks for the replys, I have tried pushing on the bonnet , but to be honest I am 99% sure that the cable has broken, I will attempt removing the bonnet grills later this week.

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EnthuZiaZT
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  Z3 roadster 2.0
Location: Sutton, Cambridgeshire

Re: Bonnet stuck shut

Post by EnthuZiaZT » Tue 05 Jun, 2012 20:52

There is a removable tray underneath the front bumper, held on by 4 or 6 screws, with 8m hexagonal heads. If you remove this tray, you may be able to reach up underneath and release the bonnet catches. This will be far less risky than trying to push in the kidney grills! :) Jack up the car and support it on Axle stands in order to reach the catches.
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John1950
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  Z3 roadster 2.8
Location: Baarn, Holland

Re: Bonnet stuck shut

Post by John1950 » Tue 05 Jun, 2012 21:00

EnthuZiaZT wrote:There is a removable tray underneath the front bumper, held on by 4 or 6 screws, with 8m hexagonal heads. If you remove this tray, you may be able to reach up underneath and release the bonnet catches. This will be far less risky than trying to push in the kidney grills! :) Jack up the car and support it on Axle stands in order to reach the catches.

I think it's a question of pulling them out not pushing them in.
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EnthuZiaZT
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Re: Bonnet stuck shut

Post by EnthuZiaZT » Tue 05 Jun, 2012 21:11

John1950 wrote:
EnthuZiaZT wrote:There is a removable tray underneath the front bumper, held on by 4 or 6 screws, with 8m hexagonal heads. If you remove this tray, you may be able to reach up underneath and release the bonnet catches. This will be far less risky than trying to push in the kidney grills! :) Jack up the car and support it on Axle stands in order to reach the catches.

I think it's a question of pulling them out not pushing them in.
Hi John, the Kidney Grills can be quite fragile, I have taken mine apart quite recently, with the utmost of care. The Silver surround at the front, locks into the black vertical louvre, sandwiching the bonnet between the two parts. When I replaced them, I found it very difficult to get the two parts to lock back together. One is still a little loose. Far safer to remove the panel underneath and reach up to get at the locks! :)

PS Important. Always support the car on axle stands when working underneath :)
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