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Old 07-19-2005, 09:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can anyone help me about the catches?

My bmw is missing its front end so i'm a bit stuck. I've got both the catches that fit onto the bonnet, but only one on my slam panel. The drivers side one works fine (rhd) but the one on the other side has gone missing. I think it may have been ripped out as I think there was quite a hefty length of wire attatched to it before I put it in storage.

Does anyone know what I'd need to replace it and where I would attach the wire?

What is the bonnet release catch connected to? Is it the catch on the bonnet or on the slam panel? If so, is it connected to both or only one catch?

Please help me if you know as there;s just no sign of the catch and I can't find anything on the net. The drivers side catch wire leads up the wing groove. Is this the same on the other side? If so do you know what it is connected to?

major thanks in advance if you can help.
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Old 07-19-2005, 11:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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im really sorry but i have no idea what your talking about, maybe im just wayy too tired, can you snap a pic? i keep thinking your talking about the hood and trunk shocks.
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Ok the cable from the handle goes to the right hand catch that is mounted in the slam panel, and then there is a short cable from the right hand catch to the left hand catch. These are held into the slam in the slam panel by m6 torques bolts. The catches are handed and you have to remove both catches to fit a new link (left-to-right catch) cable. It sounds like you need a new cable and left catch. One other tip the new catches aren’t threaded to take the mounting bolts so tap them before you try and fit them.
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