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Old 06-29-2020, 12:34 PM
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Can't Get Hood Open

I think my cable stretched, I can get one side unlocked but not the other. I know the mechanisms tend to rust, I keep mine lubed.

Is there any other way to make that cable move more? I did not take off the kick panel to see if I can manually pull the cable yet.

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Old 06-29-2020, 01:07 PM
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Occasionally you can get the hood to open with someone keeping the handle upwards while you press and tap the hood down a few times.

Other times do the same and make a small hook from a coat hanger and pull on the loose cable *section


*only had it work on the middle cable when I did it so not sure if you can get enough tension to PULL before both hood pins..

Last ditch is pulling a kidney if you don't want to take it all off.

If it's a dirty cable don't forget to spray lubricant into each plastic connector piece and the inside pull hinge too!!

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If you have another BMW to compare, check exactly how it latches you may be able to figure out exactly where to poke or prod to get it open. Recently I had to do this on my dad's PT Cruiser. Did I miss if you said was left or right? The way LHD cars are set up the cable goes from dash to left latch and a second cable goes from left to right latch. Usually when there is a problem it's related to the cable between. If you can get a long pliers in and Crush the cable between and twist It usually will pull the secondary latch ONCE. You will need to replace the cable
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If you have another BMW to compare, check exactly how it latches you may be able to figure out exactly where to poke or prod to get it open. Recently I had to do this on my dad's PT Cruiser. Did I miss if you said was left or right? The way LHD cars are set up the cable goes from dash to left latch and a second cable goes from left to right latch. Usually when there is a problem it's related to the cable between. If you can get a long pliers in and Crush the cable between and twist It usually will pull the secondary latch ONCE. You will need to replace the cable
I actually do, my brother has a E53.

Thanks for the replies,I'm going to do this over the weekend. I figured if it happened to me maybe others too and had a fix.
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Youtube has a number of videos showing how to do this...
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I had to help a guy with E53 get into his hood when reiterate cable snapped.

We ended up cutting about a 1" hole in the radiator shroud to gain access to the latch mechanism


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I found 2 rusted cables, not the center cable but the casing was rusted and collapsed.

I was able to take the hood release lever off and pull on the cable with pliers and was lucky it was just enough to open the latch.

They have 3 cables, one cable called the "latch" from the latch to the left fender, one called "the left cable" its on the left side and goes together under that union connector on the fender to the left side latches. Then the "center cable" that goes over the radiator and connects both latches.

The latches that go bad are the lower latches, there is NOT a left and a right they can be used on either side.

Amazon sells a cheap knock off kit, I bought OEM from ECS Tuning.

I saw 2 vids on how to change them and they are not 100% right.

Its ashamed I can't post next to the pictures to show you how to do it. Also I can't get another picture to load that shows the latches in the front, keeps telling me the file is to big and its not. At lest what is posted gives you and idea. To get to the hood release you have to take apart the dead pedal box and remove the lower sill plate molding by prying up then pulling forward. The Hood latch's just unbolt, with 3 torx screws. You have to take the 2 push pin plugs out of both side plastic shrouds and just move them back at the top, you don't have to take them completely off to get he latches out.
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Old 07-02-2020, 01:25 PM
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It's an interesting Fact that the latches are identical and every once in a while a part will break in a way that you can just swap them and get full functionality back


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