How to Open the Hood of a Mini Cooper?

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Don’t worry if you can’t open the hood of your Mini Cooper. The latch under the bonnet, also known as the locking latch, makes opening the bonnet of the Mini Cooper a bit complicated. Once you know how to press the latch to open the hood, you should have no trouble opening the hood of your Mini Cooper.

Find the hood latch

Check the passenger side latch if your car was manufactured before 2009.

Go to the passenger side and look under the glove box near the door frame. Locate the black latch. On the latch is a picture of a car with the hood open.

Locate the driver’s side latch if your car was manufactured in 2009 or later.

The latch is near the floor panel where the foot pedals are. Look under the dashboard next to the door frame. Locate a black latch that has a picture of a car with the hood open.

Pull the latch toward you to open the hood.

Use your fingers for this. Pull the latch until you hear a click and feel the tension on the latch release. The hood of your Mini Cooper should now have opened. If the hood is still closed, you may need to pull the latch harder. If the hood does not open after several attempts, the hood latch cable may be damaged. Ask a mechanic who knows Mini Cooper for help.

Open the hood

Go to the hood of the car.

It should be open. However, another locking latch prevents it from opening fully. Stand in front of the hood so your body is facing the car.

Button after the latch on the right side of the hood.

Put your fingers under the hood of the car to the right of the Mini Cooper icon. Use your fingers to reach for the latch, which you can operate. There is also a metal hook attached to the hood near the latch. This is not the lock needed. However, the latch is directly to the left of it. The metal hook ensures that the hood is fixed when closed.

Push the latch to open it.

Once you find the latch, press the latch with your fingers. The hood should open once you’ve pressed the latch. If the hood still won’t open after you press the latch, it may be pinched or broken. Have a mechanic familiar with Mini Cooper find and fix the fault with your hood latch.

Locate hood latch faults

Pull the hood latch.

If your Mini Cooper was made before 2009, the latch is located under the dashboard on the passenger side of the car. If your Mini Cooper was manufactured in 2009 or later, the latch is located under the dashboard on the driver’s side of the car. Pull the latch toward you as if you were opening the hood.

Check the cables for slack.

Use a flashlight while opening the latch to locate two wires behind it. Use your fingers or a curved pick to pull on the cables. If they pull relatively easily, the cables are loose. If the cables are stretched very taut, there is likely another problem with the cables under the hood. The lower cable opens the right side of the hood and the upper one the left.

Manually open the hood.

Pull both cables with your fingers or a curved pick to manually open the hood. Jiggle both cables until you hear a click, letting you know the hood is open. If the hood does not open when you pull the wires, you will need to take your Mini Cooper to a mechanic who will fix the problem.

Go to a mechanic who knows Mini Cooper.

A mechanic will be able to open the hood of your car and examine the latch cables under the hood. The mechanic may simply need to clean and grease the cables to solve the problem. If one or both cables are broken, the mechanic will need to replace them.

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