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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 12-09-2012, 10:24 PM
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Hood wont open

My hood won't open I pulled the hood release but the cable has some slack in it I'm thinking it came lose under the hood and Ive tried bumping the pulling the hood but still can't get it to open is there anything else I can try to get it to open
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:08 AM
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Have someone pull and hold the hood release while you jiggle the hood. The little secondary release lever should pop through the grill, and then you can open it.
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:39 AM
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When I pulled the hood latch it made a sound like the hood came up but it didn't and I had someone to pull the latch and tried bumping the hood and it wouldn't come up that latch that comes through the grille I can pull it but still can't get the hood up
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:38 AM
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This happens to me occasionally. I find that if I pull the latch in the grill forward and up at the same time, it opens. Once it's open, clean and grease the moving parts of the latch, particularly the "ramp" part. You'll know what I mean when you see it.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:55 AM
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I had to change my radiator and when I put everything back together I think the hood cable came lose ill give it a try and hope it will work I need to put antifreeze in it
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:41 PM
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When you pull the latch in the grill, does it feel like it is connected to anything? If not, that secondary latch may be broken, probably the spring. If you get a coat hanger with a hook on the end, then reach in and pull the latch towards you(insert the hook though the grill just left of the little black lever), I would think that would get it open, and then you can more easily see what is wrong. It doesn't sound like your cable is the problem, since you do hear something when you pull it from the inside of the car.
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:54 PM
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The part I am talking about is #14 in the attached sketch.
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:10 PM
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I got the hood up thanks everyone for the comments I used all the ideas and got it up
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:14 PM
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Just curious, what was wrong?
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:42 PM
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The hood pin was stuck down in the latch and the cable wasn't releasing it and had to take out one of the kidney grilles and used a screwdriver to pry the pin out of the latch and pull up the hood at the same time
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