Bonnet stuck on my Bmw 1 series, what can I do ?

I had this problem a couple of times this past winter (cable seized at latch end). I was able to release the hood by inserting a long screwdriver between the grille slats, and using the screw driver to lever on the cable.

I only replaced the front half of my cable, which solved my problem. The rear half looks a bit more complicated (snaking the cable down into the cabin).

Oh wow.. yea I think I see the cable but it’s skeeved. You pulled on that and it unlatched?

Thanks in advance, kidneys are a pain to undo with hood stuck. I feel like I’m breaking it and would rather not

Thanks for the help

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Definitely have opened good many times.. it’s not that I don’t know how to unlatch it. Just can’t get it to pop at all.. very stuck.

Anyone know where I can find a pic of where the screw driver is supposed to go.

There are tons of YouTube videos on old bummers but nothing that looks like mine

This info is great

05-28-2018, 01:19 AM #7
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Definitely have opened good many times.. it’s not that I don’t know how to unlatch it. Just can’t get it to pop at all.. very stuck.

Anyone know where I can find a pic of where the screw driver is supposed to go.

There are tons of YouTube videos on old bummers but nothing that looks like mine

This info is great

05-28-2018, 11:50 AM #8
05-28-2018, 12:20 PM #9
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Brought to a firestone place down the road from my house. They couldn’t get the latch open either. FML

Every other place can’t look at it til Friday

05-30-2018, 07:47 AM #10
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I have the same issue w/ mine. Remove the right side kidney. Reach inside & grab the wire & pull down hard. Works every time. Mine was broke since I bought the car two yrs ago. I was quoted $250 to fix. Hasn’t become a priority since it is so easy to do as I dexcribed.

06-03-2018, 12:40 AM #11

I have the same issue w/ mine. Remove the right side kidney. Reach inside & grab the wire & pull down hard. Works every time. Mine was broke since I bought the car two yrs ago. I was quoted $250 to fix. HasnâВЂВ™t become a priority since it is so easy to do as I dexcribed.

06-03-2018, 02:28 PM #12

06-03-2018, 10:26 PM #13

I have the same issue w/ mine. Remove the right side kidney. Reach inside & grab the wire & pull down hard. Works every time. Mine was broke since I bought the car two yrs ago. I was quoted $250 to fix. Hasn’t become a priority since it is so easy to do as I dexcribed.

06-03-2018, 10:35 PM #14

From my understanding, yes. I think you have to pull on it pretty hard to get it to release to the point where you think you might be breaking it. That’s just what I recall from reading some posts on removing the grills.

This thread makes me so glad mine failed under warranty. The cable had stretched and after a while, pulling on the hood release did nothing but create slack. Actually getting the hood to release since buying the car new was awkward as it required more force than necessary. After getting the cable replaced, the amount of force needed to release the hood was so much less. Maybe this can be used as a sign for those that might have a cable issue.

06-04-2018, 07:24 AM #15