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      01-20-2022, 02:03 PM   #1
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Bonnet opener query

Having just opened my bonnet for the first time on my 2021 X3 for screen washer fluid top-up, I was surprised it took six pulls off the release lever. The manual states two, is this normal?

As long as I can open the bonnet I don't mind, but it does seem a little slack in adjustment.
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      01-20-2022, 02:11 PM   #2
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No mine is two defined pulls of the lever and its open.

On a side note it was hard to shut when i first got the car and needed slamming to get it to lock properly. This was because it was out of adjustment from the factory, after the hooks and rubbers were adjusted it shuts perfectly now.
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      01-20-2022, 03:47 PM   #3
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      01-20-2022, 04:28 PM   #4
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It should be two pulls. But you need to make them "defined" as suggested above. There is no secondary latch to release after popping the hood; a light pull on the interior release is not going to register by design.
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Thanks all - I'll get the dealer to take a look when it goes in for service. Only minor adjustment I'm sure.
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It's closing it that's an issue for me. I hate having to slam it so I need to usually go at least a couple times before I get enough downward force on it to latch.
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It's closing it that's an issue for me. I hate having to slam it so I need to usually go at least a couple times before I get enough downward force on it to latch.
When I picked mine up I was shown how to close the bonnet, hold it about half a metre and drop it then press down on the front edge and about 6" along both side edges, if I did not do this the bonnet would loosen and an alarm would sound after reaching about 60 mph.

By doing the above I have no problems
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When I picked mine up I was shown how to close the bonnet, hold it about half a metre and drop it then press down on the front edge and about 6" along both side edges, if I did not do this the bonnet would loosen and an alarm would sound after reaching about 60 mph.

By doing the above I have no problems
Thatís because they arenít set up correctly. Mine is adjusted to close the same as every other BMW Iíve had, place it downs and push hard on the roundel and it closes perfectly. They are really easy to adjust and can be done in less than ten minutes. With them being slammed so hard to shut it all puts unnecessary stress on the locks and especially the release cables.

The bonnet wonít lift at all as the latch is still firmly holding it so thereís no play.
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      01-22-2022, 05:02 AM   #10
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Uh, I believe the Admiral was correctly advised. When BMW relied on a single secondary latch under the bonnet/hood, a drop of ~18" (half meter) followed by a firm push on the roundel was the preferred method. (The secondary latch was at the car's center.) Now that BMW has two latches near the leading corners of the bonnet/hood, applying pressure on the roundel is less effective.

An 18" drop (with just a little extra downward force) should be all it takes. I just check the alignment of hood/bonnet to front fenders to affirm it's fully secured. If not, I give that corner an extra press, or I release the hood again and give it another drop. (The above is consistent with the direction in the owner's manual, BTW.)
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I remember a comment made when collecting the car and was shown what I described "Active Bonnet " was mentioned
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Thatís because they arenít set up correctly. Mine is adjusted to close the same as every other BMW Iíve had, place it downs and push hard on the roundel and it closes perfectly. They are really easy to adjust and can be done in less than ten minutes. With them being slammed so hard to shut it all puts unnecessary stress on the locks and especially the release cables.

The bonnet wonít lift at all as the latch is still firmly holding it so thereís no play.
I'm on my Sixth BMW, two were X3's, this is the first BMW that I have had with a double catch,
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Active bonnet is for the struts at the back in the event of a collision. The reason I adjusted mine was because I wasn't happy with the alignment to the wing each side they seem miss adjusted from the factory causing the bonnet to need excessive force to shut it. Once I adjusted the hooks and rubbers it lined it up better and the bonnet also closes much nicer.


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I'm on my Sixth BMW, two were X3's, this is the first BMW that I have had with a double catch,
My wifeís F45 uses the same system. No need to slam that either and I didnít need to adjust that one.
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