How to Open a MINI Cooper Hood

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The MINI Cooper hood release is a little bit different than many other models on the market, but it’s simple to operate once you get oriented. If you want to pop the hood, first you’ll need to access the safety latch. In this guide, we’ll walk you through exactly how to open a MINI Cooper hood with ease. Find out the simple steps below, and if you have any questions in Providence, RI, our service department at MINI of Warwick is here to help!

Finding the MINI Cooper Hood Release

The location of the MINI Cooper hood release has changed over the years, so feel free to consult your owner’s manual or contact our service department if you need additional information. Below, you’ll find the instructions for how to open a MINI Cooper hood:

  • Find the hood release latch. On models before 2009, it will be on the passenger side under the glove box. On models after 2009, you’ll find the latch on the driver’s side near the foot pedals.
  • Pull the latch to unlock the hood. Pull it once more to open the hood.
  • If the hood appears to only be slightly open, feel around the underside of the hood for a safety latch. Push to release the latch.
  • Once you are finished inspecting, be sure to push the lid down from around 20 inches. If you didn’t close the hood completely, you’ll see a Check Control message displayed.

Problems with the Hood Release

Sometimes your hood release malfunctions due to a broken cable or faulty component. Not sure how to open a MINI Cooper hood with a broken cable? We recommend scheduling a service with our technicians. If you can’t open your hood normally, forcing it open can cause even more problems – which can lead to even more repairs! Instead, leave your MINI Cooper in the hands of our factory-trained technicians in our cutting-edge facility. We’ll solve the problem, so you can get back on the Cranston, RI roads in no time.

Get Expert Car Care with MINI of Warwick

Whether you need to learn how to open a mini cooper hood with a broken cable or you’re ready for that scheduled maintenance appointment, feel free to contact us at MINI of Warwick for all of your automotive needs. Our service professionals can help you with any MINI Cooper issue, large or small, so don’t hesitate to reach out in the Newport, RI area.


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