Suzuki owners will need to access the bonnet of their car every now and then, as part of the process of maintaining the car. For example, you’ll need to check oil levels (and possibly top them up), or top up the windscreen washer reservoir.
Before opening your bonnet, it’s worth referring to your owner’s handbook, or seeking advice at your local Suzuki Service Centre, but the process is fairly straightforward.
The first thing to do is to find the bonnet release lever, which will be located on the underside of the dashboard in the footwell of the car (the type of lever will vary from model to model, though). If you pull the lever towards you, it will unlock the bonnet – and you will hear a pop as it does so.
Then you go to the front of the car to find the latch between the bonnet and the grille. If you use your fingers to feel for the latch, you should be able to locate it. Push the latch and you’ll be able to open the bonnet and lift it up fully.
Next, find the bonnet prop rod – the position of which will vary from one model to the next, but you should be able to identify it quite easily. Open out the prop rod and insert the end into the hole in the bonnet, in order to secure the bonnet.
When you’ve finished your job, remove the prop rod from the bonnet and place it back into its original position, then lower the bonnet until it’s around 20cm above the closed position. Let go of the bonnet and it should close securely – but make sure it is, as it should be in place before starting to drive.