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#1 (permalink) Old 11-08-2010, 09:59 AM
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Angry Hood Latch Stuck

My wife's 2004 X3 has a stuck hood latch and I can't open the hood. The cable doesn't seem to have broken - there is resistance when pulling on the cabin lever. Hood seems to raise microscopically when lever pulled but doesn't raise up to allow hood to be opened.

Any thoughts? I had the Mrs. pull back lever while I tried raising hood, but no luck.

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Maybe if you carefully press down on it, then have her pull it, and then release and pull up on the hood...

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Thanks, tried your suggestion - still stuck.
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If still stuck then you have to contact with some specialist mechanic for the better assistance.
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I sometimes have the same issue with my E38, and I have found that by putting really light pressure (slightly more than resting the wieght of your hands & arms on the bonnet whilst the release lever is actuated will do the job. Any more weight and its too much.
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BMW bonnet release levers are very flimsey at the best of times... As Brett says, just keep putting pressure on the hood in a "Bouncing" motion while a friend holds the lever out at its max...
When it eventually opens, grease the latch !


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