How to open a car bonnet if the latch is broken

Updated February 21, 2017

The hood latch on any car is used to connect the hood release cable to the hood locking mechanism. If it breaks you will no longer be able to open the bonnet using the bonnet release in the inside of the car, which will be problematic the next time you have to enter the engine bay. In order to open the bonnet in this situation, you will need to manually open the bonnet locking mechanism.

Look through the grill and locate the hood locking mechanism. It will be in the middle of the car, directly under the front of the hood.

Bend the end of the aluminium wire around to create a loop, then tie a knot so that the loop does not come loose.

Slide the wire through the grill and get the loop around the hook of the hood locking mechanism.

Pull the wire in the opposite direction of the hook while depressing the hood. This will give the hook some slack and make it easier to pull open.

Pull up on the hood to open it, still applying tension to the wire.

Jack up the car and secure it in place with two jack stands.

Slide underneath the car; position yourself in such a way that you are in the centre of the car and you can put your hands behind the radiator.

Reach up to the hood latch with the pair of pliers and find the hook of the hood locking mechanism.

Pull the hook away from the hood latch with the pliers.

Have a friend lift up the bonnet while you continue pulling on the hook with your pliers.

Things You'll Need

  • 8 gauge aluminium wire
  • Jack
  • 2 jack stands
  • Pliers
  • A friend
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