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Hood Release Cable Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Hood Release Cable Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

3 hours3 hrs

Tab:

$

Talent:

***

Tools:

Phillips & flathead screwdrivers, T30 Torx bit

Applicable Models:

BMW E90 3-Series (2006-11)
BMW E91 3-Series (2006-12)
BMW E92 3-Series (2007-13)
BMW E93 3-Series (2007-13)

Parts Required:

Hood release cables

Performance Gain:

Repair faulty hood release cable

Complementary Modification:

Replace hood release latches

The hood release cables are comprised of two separate parts. One cable runs from the hood release handle to the cable junction under the hood. The other cables (serviced as one part) run to each hood latch. The cables that run to the hood latches tend to crack, allowing moisture to enter the cable. Once this happens, the cables lifetime is greatly shortened. If your cables are sticking or the hood release handle doesn't return when you open your hood. It may be time to replace the cables. First check if the latches need to be cleaned and lubed, if they are in good shape, replace the cables.

Working at the left side of front fender near the headlight, pull the hood release cable junction (green arrow) off of the fender.
Figure 1

Working at the left side of front fender near the headlight, pull the hood release cable junction (green arrow) off of the fender. It will pull straight up, if it give you trouble, lever it off using a plastic prying tool.

Once removed from the fender, open the hood release cable junction box.
Figure 2

Once removed from the fender, open the hood release cable junction box.

Remove the hood release cable from the junction box.
Figure 3

Remove the hood release cable from the junction box. Pull the cable end out of the front cable loop, then pull the cable housing out of the junction.

Pull the front latch cables out of the plastic mounts that run along the radiator support.
Figure 4

Pull the front latch cables out of the plastic mounts that run along the radiator support. This photo shows a cable with a cracked housing. (green arrow)

Next up, you will have to remove the upper bumper fasteners.
Figure 5

Next up, you will have to remove the upper bumper fasteners. There are four T30 Torx fasteners to remove. (green arrows) Removing these fasteners allows enough movement of the bumper to sneak the latches out.

Now it's time to remove the latches.
Figure 6

Now it's time to remove the latches. You have to remove them to detach the cables. Remove two T30 Torx fasteners from the latch. (green arrows) This photo shows the left side, repeat these steps for the right side.

Pull the bumper cover away from the radiator support enough to remove the latch from the vehicle.
Figure 7

Pull the bumper cover away from the radiator support enough to remove the latch from the vehicle. Slide the latch out enough to remove the cable.

Pull the cable housing out of stop (green arrow), then disconnect cable end from latch.
Figure 8

Pull the cable housing out of stop (green arrow), then disconnect cable end from latch. Remove old cables from vehicle, install new cables through radiator support, then install into latches. Make sure the cables are correctly installed in the latch stops. Install latches and reinstall bumper fasteners. 

Next we will replace the interior cable, then join the new cables together.
First remove the hood release cable.
Figure 9

First remove the hood release cable. Remove the Phillips head screw, then pull the handle straight off.

Then remove the kick panel Phillips head screw.
Figure 10

Then remove the kick panel Phillips head screw. (green arrow).

Next, remove the kick panel by grabbing the bottom (green arrow) and pulling it straight off.
Figure 11

Next, remove the kick panel by grabbing the bottom (green arrow) and pulling it straight off.

Then pull the kick panel away enough to access trunk release button connector.
Figure 12

Then pull the kick panel away enough to access trunk release button connector. (green arrow) Pull connector straight out of button to remove.

Working at hood release lever, pull cable housing (green arrow) out of mount, then remove cable end from lever.
Figure 13

Working at hood release lever, pull cable housing (green arrow) out of mount, then remove cable end from lever.

When installing the new cable, you will have to fish it through the fire wall.
Figure 14

When installing the new cable, you will have to fish it through the fire wall. This can be a pain. I like to tie a string to the cable end. (green arrow). Then pull the old cable through the firewall. The string should be long enough to remain inside the cabin. I always make it about six feet, this way I have enough of a safety net if I pull it too far.

Working at top of bulkhead, pull off plastic seal.
Figure 15

Working at top of bulkhead, pull off plastic seal. (green arrow). Then remove old cable from beneath it. Install new cable beneath plastic seal, then reinstall seal. Tie the string to the new hood release cable end, then pull it through the fire wall. Install new cable to hood release lever. Then reassemble hood release handle and kick panel.

Connect new cables together, be sure loop of latch cable is caught by nub on end.
Figure 16

Connect new cables together, be sure loop of latch cable is caught by nub on end. Then close and reattach cable junction to body. Check operation of your hood release cables and you are done.

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