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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 01-26-2014, 03:27 PM
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E39 hood/bonnet release lever/gear

Whats up everyone, i want to know how do i get the cable back into the gear thing that turns when you pull the lever seen in below pics, thanks Click image for larger version

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Old 01-26-2014, 04:00 PM
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You need to take tension off the assembly and room to work. First, remove the latch assembly. Then, simply drop the rounded end into its holder and rotate.

The first photo appears to show a bent cable end. This will need to be addressed before the cable goes back into its slot.
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Old 01-26-2014, 04:07 PM
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So is there to much cable hanging out because i was able to put the roundel into the slot but there was so much slack on the cable when i pulled the lever it didnt pull and open the hood


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Old 01-26-2014, 04:09 PM
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Also a few of the cable wires have snapped so would i be better off buying a new cable assembly ??


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Old 01-26-2014, 04:28 PM
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The cable (in its damaged condition) may live on for years. I would keep an eye on it and shop for a used one just in case.
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Old 01-26-2014, 10:24 PM
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See also this reference found by typing /hood f3 in the bestlinks ...
- How to maintain (1) and repair your hood release bowden cable (1) (2) (3)
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Old 03-25-2014, 07:13 PM
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Hood won't stay closed

Hood on my 2001 525iT won't stay closed. I've read a few of the threads but there's not much about hood won't stay closed; most of the threads are 'hood won't open.'

While poking around to see what I could see, I tried to lubricate (w/white lithium grease, hope that was ok) the cable in areas mentioned by (CN90's?) helpful how-to.

Managed to pop the plastic cover off the 'junction box' on the driver side of engine compartment, although I broke off one of the tabs. The cable there looked to be in good shape -- shiny silver, no noticeable fraying or degradation.

Tried adjusting the 2 rubber stoppers along front edge of hood - both shortened and lengthened them, but no change in results.

No accident damage that I know of. Everything seems to line up, but the hood just won't stay closed. Had the car about 3 years (3rd owner) and it's been a rough winter here in Michigan and the car has been parked outside sometimes.

Took car to local generalist shop today and they thought the cable seemed to look okay based on their quick look-around. They couldn't get it figured out, although they aren't BMW-knowledgeable and didn't charge me.

I really have no aptitude and am just trying to rehabilitate my car to the point where I can drive it for a while again as an extra vehicle. Don't mind sinking a few hundred dollars into getting the cable replaced, if that's what is wrong with it.

My options, unless someone has a tip or advice for what I can check or do on my own, are take it to the dealer or to one of the local shops that specialize in German makes.

Any advice is appreciated.

Oh, and if anyone is in need of a DISA O-ring, please PM me. I bought a 100 pack of them thinking I would be able to help out members by shipping them 1 or more O-rings cheaply, but no takers so far.

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Old 03-26-2014, 03:22 AM
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I would say: take it to a good body shop for a hood adjustment or latch replacement. They work with those areas of a car on a weekly basis.

And start looking for a good general garage..You are going to need one.
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Old 03-26-2014, 05:12 AM
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Thanks. Called local body shop and they are going to take a look at it.
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Old 03-27-2014, 08:19 AM
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Noticed when dropping off my car that the cable is frayed and thin right where it connects to the hood release handle inside the driver's footwell area. Don't know if this and my hood not closing are all related to a single root issue.

I made sure they were aware that there's a frequent problem of hood not opening if/when the cable snaps.

Body shop said that fixing or replacing hood cables is something they do, so I'm hoping they can take care of it for me.
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Old 04-02-2014, 03:12 PM
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To close the loop on my threadjack...local body shop fixed this for $107. $33 part and 1.5 hrs labor. According to them, the cable is a 3-piece design. I don't recall hearing this detail on the forum. The cable had frayed and broken off just behind the release handle. That part was replaced and everything seems back to normal with hood release operation and hood opening/closing all smooth once again.
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Old 04-02-2014, 06:04 PM
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glad it worked out
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