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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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Old 06-30-2020, 08:56 AM
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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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