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Old 09-01-2006, 03:39 PM   #1
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Hood Cable Replacement?

A look through one of the slots near the radiator shows a section of the vinyl covering to my hood release cable being split, and whatever is underneath that is showing rust. I'm thinking that I may have to replace, or least degunk and clean, the cable (it's not working smoothly anyway), but I haven't come across a DIY tip on how to do this. From what I can gather just by looking over the situation, a fair degree of disassembly seems to be involved to get at it. Anyone have any tips, suggestions?

On a related note, does anyone know of a way to open the hood if the cable should fail? The E21s had a release screw accessible through the grill with a screwdriver, but I haven't come across a similar feature for the E36s. Thanks.
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Old 05-24-2010, 09:25 PM   #2
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Does anyone have an answer to this. My cable did break, and now I have a coolant leak somewhere and cant open the hood to find it? Can anyone give any insight? I drive a 96 328i
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Old 06-04-2010, 02:00 PM   #3
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If you have a coolant leak, then take it to the dealer or a local shop. You don't want to drive like that for too long.
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I got my hood open, but there is no easy way. I had to push in the two kidney grills on the front. That part was very easy and I did it without breaking them. I found the cable that ran between the two locks and pulled it hard. It only unlatched the passenger side. I figured I wasnt pulling hard enough so I pulled until I broke it, still the driver side didnt open. So I cut away a bunch of plastic until I could see the actual pin that goes into the lock and is attatched to the hood from underneath the car. I used a long flat head screw driver and barely reached it. It unscrews from the hood. A quarter of a turn at a time and some very cramped fingers, an hour later I got the hood open. I dont know if this is what you normally have to do or if my latches were broken, I have read that just pulling the cable will open both.
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Old 06-09-2010, 09:51 PM   #5
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My friends car had the same problem, same solution as ntroisi84, cramped fingers, bad lamguage and foul temper! if it looks bad on your car do it before it snaps, no matter how much work is involed. We had to destroy bits to get it open. Also if it does snap its going to be close to the release mechanism which you wont be able to get near.
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