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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 07-20-2015, 09:40 PM
Metrohick Metrohick is online now
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e39 hoodrelease wire help

Hey guys,

I seem to have snapped the hood release wire and I need to get into the hood. Is there a method to follow ie; through the fender behind the wheel? Gotta get her open to do a swap and such things so a lil help can go a long way. Gonna comb the Bentley manuals til then

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Old 07-20-2015, 10:04 PM
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Where did it break? Most often, it's at the inside handle. If so, you can grasp the cable stub with a pair of Vise-Grips. Otherwise, there are various other methods posted here for breaks along the cable, which incorporates three segments.
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Old 07-20-2015, 10:11 PM
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It was already broken iat the lever in the car. It also came off at the front behind the kidney grill. Gotta replace both sides of the cable, just want to open it now
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Old 07-20-2015, 11:03 PM
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Gonna have to try to get at it through the drivers side kidney grill. Remove grill and try to get a dental pick hook around it and pull. There are 3 cables so it may be different depending on what the second broken cable is. I just replaced all 3 of mine about a month ago. I found a diy on here somewhere,check the best links threads
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Old 07-21-2015, 12:00 AM
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Here's a good thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=284370

Here's a video:

It can be tough to get the cable. Don't give up.
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Old 07-21-2015, 05:14 AM
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Wow that dude got some heavy hands in that video. I hope to take as gentler approach. My cable is shot just gonna pry the driver side via the linkage directly. Prying hood seems like a last resort and being that my linkage disconnected at the lock it won't work in my case THANKFULLY!
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