BMW hood closed but open hood warning light

BMW Hood Open Warning on Dashboard

A problem that BMW owners may face is a message on the iDrive screen indicating that the hood is open even when the hood is closed. This guide will look at common issues that cause the BMW hood open warning.


  • BMW hood open warning on dashboard
  • Hood open warning when the hood is closed
  • BMW keeps saying bonnet open when it’s not
  • The hood alarm stays on, and warning flashes on the dash


Always verify that your hood is properly closed before driving. Driving a car with a hood that is not latched correctly can cause the hood to open while driving. If your hood opens while driving, the hood itself will get damaged; it may break your windshield and increase the risk of a car accident.

Common Problems

BMW hood open message will come on when your hood is partially closed or if one of the hood switches is defective or unplugged. The hood switch may be faulty, so the computer will think the hood is open even though it is closed.

The Hood is Partially Closed

Hood Closed BMW

Open the hood of your BMW and try closing it again. Ensure the hood is latched on both sides and there are no gaps between the hood and fenders.

Try lifting the hood at both front corners by the headlights. The hood should not move up and down. If it does, it has not latched properly. If your hood does not latch after a few tires, you should look at adjusting the hood latches.

Hood Switch Defective

You will find a switch near the firewall that detects when the hood opens.

The BMW hood switch could be damaged and may need to be replaced. Another symptom that this switch is the culprit is your BMW alarm going off randomly. Sometimes, the bracket that holds the hood sensor bends downwards over time. This will cause the detector not to be pushed in when the hood is closed. Bending the bracket up slightly can fix this issue.

Hood Latches Damaged

Hood Latch BMW

BMW has been using two hood latches for many years now. On newer BMW models, the hood latches have a small micro switch which can be damaged or unplugged. Use a 10mm socket to remove the two bolts that hold the hood switch in place. Carefully pull the hood latch out and check the connector is not loose or unplugged.

Ensure that the hood release cable is installed correctly, or you will not be able to open the hood.  If the electrical connection is intact, consider unplugging it and testing the hood switch with a digital multimeter or replacing it. Measure continuity in the OPEN and CLOSED positions.

If you are experiencing this problem and have found a different solution, please add it in the comments section below.

We hope you find the BMW Hood Open Warning on Dashboard guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your BMW.


  • Rushit Hila • ASE Certified

    Rushit Hila, an ASE-certified engineer (G1 Automotive Maintenance and Repair), brings over two decades of hands-on experience in the automotive world to his writing. With a strong educational background, including a Master of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, he has honed his skills and expertise through years of practical work. As a respected authority in the field, Mr. Hila is dedicated to offering insightful and valuable content that resonates with both vehicle owners and mechanics.

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  1. Liam Tolton says:

    Has anyone forgotten to close the hood on a 5 series bmw and drove off with the hood open but not up and the warning alarm failing to sound until the hood blew upwards after about 30 seconds .? if other less important alarms e.g. low windscreen washer fluid are active the main hood warning text is hidden for at least 39 seconds