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Hood Stuck Closed on E30 325i, Emergency Open, Latch Removal

February 23, 2010

Q
The hood release cable on my 87 325i broke, but I can’t fix it without opening the hood. How do I get out of this Catch 22?
Greg G.

A
Sometimes a picture can explain things better than words. Take a look at this image – it should be pretty self-explanatory, but holler if you still have questions or can’t unlatch it.

BMW Hood Latch

Replacing the release cable is pretty straight forward.  However, you must remove the latch assembly to disconnect the old cable and connect the new cable.  To remove and/ or replace the latch assembly, see the steps below:

*  Remove the driver side grill.
 
*  Remove the driver side headlight assembly.
 
*  Remove the two bolts that secure the latch to the radiator support.
 
*  Slide the latch assembly out toward the open headlight mounting area.
 
*  Remove the plastic cover.
 
*  Disconnect the cable.

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4 Comments
  1. One other thing. It may be helpful to note that it may not pop open when you turn the screw driver. If it doesn’t pop open the first time, try pulling the latch again a few times then turn the screwdriver clockwise while pulling the hood towards you. Try not to apply too much force to the mechanism.

  2. Paul In Boston permalink

    Also may be necessary to pull up on leading edge of hood as the hood hinge pivots may be binding; just help it out a bit while turning the screwdriver as mentioned.

  3. Robert in Milwaukee permalink

    I have a new cable and my hood is open. How do you get access to the release mechanism (E-30) after you open the hood. Its a FREAKING steel box around it.

    • Otto permalink

      To remove the latch assembly, see below (we will also edit the main post to include this info.).

      * Remove the driver side grill.

      * Remove the driver side headlight assembly.

      * Remove the two bolts that secure the latch to the radiator support.

      * Slide the latch assembly out toward the open headlight mounting area.

      * Remove the plastic cover.

      * Disconnect the cable.

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