If the hood is not secured properly, it could fly up, blocking your vision and causing loss of control.
Should you notice at any time while driving that the hood is not secured properly, stop immediately in a suitable place and close it.
If the windshield wipers are folded forward when you open the hood, the wipers or the hood can be damaged.
Make sure that the windshield wipers are not folded forward when opening the hood.
Always switch off windshield wipers before opening the hood (wiper stalk in position 0). If the wiper arms are not at their end position, they will automatically move to this position when the hood is opened, even if the ignition is switched off.
The wiper arms remain at this position until the hood is closed and the windshield wipers are switched off and then on again.
Please see chapter "Windshield Wipers" on page 352.
Fig. 90: Unlocking the hood
Open the driver's door.
Pull the release lever (Fig. 90).
Fig. 91: Opening the hood
Lift the hood up slightly and press the release lever (Fig. 91).
Open the hood fully.
Closing the hood
The hood can fall down
When closing the hood when it is open half way, the hood's own weight can cause it to fall into the two locks.
Never put objects or your fingers near moving parts (hinges) or under the hood.
Fig. 92: Closing the hood
Let the half-open hood fall into the two locks. Push the hood closed with the palm of your hand in the two lock areas if necessary (Fig. 92).
Check that the hood is engaged correctly in both locks and that the release