I recently got into an accident with my 1996 E36 328i where my nose was pushed in and the grills popped out. At first the hood release was stuck, but eventually opened. Now that the hood has been opened it can't be closed properly. The hood catches don't seem to lock when I close it nor does the hood release handle tighten up. Nothing appears bent and the holes line up. I'm not sure if it's just the bent nose piece preventing proper closure or if maybe the hood release cable is broken.
A friend of mine is going to replace the nose and whatnot, so I'm trying to have all the parts available when he has time to fix it (hard to get a hold of him). Not sure if I need a new hood release cable or hood catch. The latch seems to be fine as it does catch/release properly.
Also my air duct cover is cracked on the left side, how important would it be to replace that?
As you can see in the image below the dented nose (bought a new one online the other day).
Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!