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Ask a Mechanic Series – How to open the bonnet on a Mercedes A Class

Post Date: 08th March 2017


Here at Dronsfields, we’ve had a few questions on how to open the bonnet on a Mercedes A Class, so here’s a detailed guide.

If you have any further questions on opening your bonnet, or about your Mercedes vehicle in general, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be delighted to assist you with your query.

Locate the hood release lever

First of all, you need to locate the hood release lever. You’ll find this under the dashboard on the driver’s side, right above the parking brake. Pull on the lever and you’ll hear the hood pop up. We recommend pulling on it a couple of times to make sure that the latches have been released properly.

At the front of your car, behind the grill, is the hood latch release. Grab this and pull it forward, NOT up. Once you’ve opened the bonnet, familiarise yourself with the bonnet stay location and where it should be placed when the bonnet is open. Failure to do this may result in accidents happening.

Find the bonnet adjustment stop

The bonnet adjustment stop is there to even up the lay of the bonnet, and to prevent any vibrations or noise when the bonnet is closed. This can be adjusted once the bonnet is closed by simply screwing it either way.

You may close the bonnet the same way as any other Mercedes vehicle.

Tips and tricks

  • You may find that your Mercedes A Class is not sprayed along the back edge of the bonnet. We recommend spraying this yourself or taking it somewhere to be sprayed, to avoid corrosion later on down the line.
  • Avoid opening the bonnet with the hood latch release, as this can cause it to break off. Open the bonnet with the hood of the car, as it is strong enough to take the full weight of the bonnet.

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