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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:

$250

Talent:

***

Tools:

Phillips & flathead screwdrivers, T20 T30 Torx driver

Applicable Models:

R52 MINI Cooper Convertible (2007-08)
R52 MINI Cooper S Convertible (2007-08)
R56 MINI Cooper Hatchback (2007-11)
R56 MINI Cooper S Hatchback (2007-11)
R57 MINI Cooper Convertible (2009-11)
R57 MINI Cooper S Convertible (2009-11)

Parts Required:

Hood release cables

Hot Tip:

Cables are two separate parts. Make sure to replace both.

Performance Gain:

Repair faulty hood release cable

Complementary Modification:

Replace hood release latches

The hood release handle located in the interior of your MINI R56 is used to open the engine hood. The handle is connected to the hood latches via steel cables. The steel cables are joined in the center and separate for easy servicing. Both cables are housed in plastic sheathing. However, the cables are still prone to corrosion.

The hood release cables consist 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, your hood release handle won'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 the latches are in good shape, replace the cables.

Remember that your car may have been serviced before and had parts replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

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The hood release cables consist of two separate parts.
Figure 1

The hood release cables consist of two separate parts. One cable runs from the hood release handle to the cable junction (green arrow) under the hood. The other cables (serviced as one part) run to each hood latch. The cables that run to the hood latches (red arrows) tend to crack, allowing moisture to enter the cable. Once this happens, the cables lifetime is greatly shortened. If your cables are sticking, your hood release handle won'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 the latches are in good shape, replace the cables.

Working at the left side of the front fender near the strut tower, open the hood release cable junction box.
Figure 2

Working at the left side of the front fender near the strut tower, open the hood release cable junction box. Then lift the junction off the support.

Remove the hood release cable from the junction box (red arrow).
Figure 3

Remove the hood release cable from the junction box (red arrow). Pull the cable end out of the front cable catch. Then pull the cable housing out of the junction.

Using a T20 Torx driver, remove the coolant reservoir fastener (red arrow).
Figure 4

Using a T20 Torx driver, remove the coolant reservoir fastener (red arrow).

Move the reservoir aside (green arrow).
Figure 5

Move the reservoir aside (green arrow). Working at the top of the radiator support, remove the two T30 Torx hood latch fasteners (green arrows). Remove the latch from the radiator support. Unclip the cable from below the support.

Using a small flathead screwdriver, lever open the A/C line latch (red arrow).
Figure 6

Using a small flathead screwdriver, lever open the A/C line latch (red arrow). Then remove the A/C line (green arrow) from the mount. Place it aside. 

Working at the top of the radiator support, remove the two T30 Torx hood latch fasteners (green arrows).
Figure 7

Working at the top of the radiator support, remove the two T30 Torx hood latch fasteners (green arrows). Remove the latch from the radiator support. Unclip the cable from below the support.

Then remove the latch from the radiator support.
Figure 8

Then remove the latch from the radiator support. Detach the hood release cable end from the latch (green arrow). Slide the cable out of the latch. Then unhook the cable end from the latch release. This photo shows the right side. Repeat these steps for the left side.

Remove the old cables from the radiator support.
Figure 9

Remove the old cables from the radiator support. Feed them through the opening in the radiator support. Install new cables to the latches. Then install the latches to the radiator support. Next we will replace the interior cable. Then join the new cables together.

First remove the left side foot well trim panel and the door entrance trim.
Figure 10

First remove the left side foot well trim panel and the door entrance trim. See our tech article for more information on these items. Working at the hood release lever, remove the cable end from the lever.

Then lever the cable housing (red arrow) out of the mount.
Figure 11

Then lever the cable housing (red arrow) out of the mount.

Work your way up the firewall, removing the cable (red arrow) from any mounts.
Figure 12

Work your way up the firewall, removing the cable (red arrow) from any mounts.

Remove the wiper blades and left side wiper cowl (red arrow).
Figure 13

Remove the wiper blades and left side wiper cowl (red arrow). See out tech article on wiper assembly replacing.

When removing, the cable will be fed out through the firewall (red arrow) to remove it from inside, then back in from the outside.
Figure 14

When removing, the cable will be fed out through the firewall (red arrow) to remove it from inside, then back in from the outside. Slide the cable out from the cowl (green arrow). When installing the new cable, you will have to fish it through the firewall. This can be a pain. I like to tie a string to the cable end. Then pull the old cable through the firewall (red arrow). 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. Tie the string to the new hood release cable end. Then pull it through the firewall. Install the new cable to the hood release lever. Then reassemble the hood release handle and kick panel. Connect the new cables together. Be sure that the cable end is securely in the catch. Then close and reattach the cable junction to the body. Check the operation of your hood release cables by closing the latches with a flathead screwdriver and releasing them with the handle. If all is well, reassemble the vehicle.




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