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Old 07-10-2014, 02:22 PM
Keif Keif is offline
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DIY - E65 - Manual hood latch release on 2006+ facelifted 750/760's

Hood latch will not pop because of cable failure or similar.

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This applies to all E65/E66's, but is the only method I've been able to figure out so far for the facelifted versions (2006+) because of the air box preventing access from below as you can do on the pre-facelifted ones (2002-2005).

If you are at the driver's wheel well, pull back the wheel well plastic where it, the fender, and the front bumper meet. If you are looking directly at the side of the car, look northwest of the opening you just created (you'll likely need a flashlight). You'll see the plastic hood cable sheath a few inches back and will be able to loop a coat hanger around it... yank hard and you'll pop the driver's latch, which will subsequently pop the passenger latch as well. You'll likely break something related to the driver's side cables in doing this, so make sure to not shut the hood again until you look them over and test them by locking the latches by hand and popping them again.

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Old 07-22-2014, 08:10 AM
kelvin2014 kelvin2014 is offline
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manual hood latch release

Hi Keif, im kelvin, and i have the same problem, I have a E66 (750i 2007) and the hood doesnt open anymore, i tried to do what you explained to do for the 745, but seems like is a bit different, so without any succes, im trying to understand what to do, maybe I will try what you just wrote here, but... please if you have any picture I will be more than thankfull,
ps: i tought maybe if I take out the front bumper maybe can help me in any ways, but im not able to take it out .. is so complicate here,
just to let you know, i like to read and try thing on my car, so im not afraid to spend hours doind what I need to do , but i need some dadvice .. where to go,
thank you for your time,
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Old 09-21-2014, 03:59 PM
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Did you ever take a picture of this ? I have the sakes issue but I have a 760li and the wheel well is as open as the 745 and if I get a picture I might be able to pop my hood.

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Old 12-11-2016, 01:28 AM
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i faced the same problem with my e66 2006 740 all what you need is to left driver side up remove part of the plastic lining of the left front wheel ( remove some screws and bend it away ) remove the Washer Reservoir then the way to the latch is clear.
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Old 06-12-2017, 06:32 PM
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Greetings Everyone
I replaced my Alternator , And my battery light is still on and not charging. I purchased reconditioned Alternator. Any Ideas? I saw a diagram of the wiring that can have road grim and road oil to cause a bad gound connection. Can anyone help and does anyone no we're to find this diagram. I can't get back to the diagram to see the Numbered Schematic for the 1997 740il

Please help if you can

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