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Old 03-01-2019, 09:29 AM
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Hood stuck but cable not broken

Hi all, for the past week I've been having trouble with my hood release. I pull the lever inside the cabin and the hood won't pop. Thankfully the cable has not snapped and if I have someone else pull the lever I'm able to physically pop the hood if I pull at it with a moderate amount of force.

I've tried greasing the hood locks with lithium grease (part 19 on the realoem diagram here http://bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/366665/) but haven't yet gotten to greasing the exposed parts of the cable. The cable is making a squeaky noise when it's pulled. While looking into the locks as the lever is pulled it appears it's not traveling far enough, which makes me think the cables are worn out from PO likely never greasing it.

At this point I'm counting on having to get new cables but I'm wondering if I also need to replace the hood locks? Anything I should look for?
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Old 03-01-2019, 10:02 AM
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What I have found on mine is that the section of cable from the "junction box" to the inside release is ok. It's pretty straight shot so doesn't really bind up. the section from the junction box to the latches however is very stiff. i would suggest lubing or replacing that section to see if it fixes your problem.
Just make sure not to close the hood while the cable is disconnected, that really sucks.
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Old 03-01-2019, 12:41 PM
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You can try to wd40 or lube up the hood latches. They get crusty with dust and grim and don't move freely. If you decide to change the cables. Make sure to buy BMW OEM. Yes it cost like 2-3x the price but you won't have to do it twice. I learned this lesson the hard way.
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Old 03-15-2019, 02:38 PM
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Just make sure not to close the hood while the cable is disconnected, that really sucks.
Yeah, would NOT want that to happen. Might even go so far as to remove the upper parts of the hood locks, just in case...

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You can try to wd40 or lube up the hood latches. They get crusty with dust and grim and don't move freely.
As stated at the beginning of the thread I already tried greasing it with Lithium grease (and WD40 before that), which sadly didn't work. Thanks for the heads up on the OEM cable though.

I think I'll just have to grab some new cables and see how that goes...
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Old 03-15-2019, 02:54 PM
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WD-40 IS NOT a lubricant. It's designed to disperse moisture.
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Old 03-15-2019, 03:22 PM
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WD-40 IS NOT a lubricant. It's designed to disperse moisture.
I think it's basically kerosene.
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