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      05-16-2015, 09:01 PM   #1
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Can't pop the hood...

Okay... so I got the warning light telling me to add a quart of oil... No biggie I have extra oil at home... I get home and try to pop the hood and the hood release lever doesn't work... there's no tension at all... I remove the handle and the cable is still attached it's just not working... So the question is... How do I pop the hood when the lever doesn't work?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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weird, somehow sounds like the cable slipped out.
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Okay... so I got the warning light telling me to add a quart of oil... No biggie I have extra oil at home... I get home and try to pop the hood and the hood release lever does work... there's no tension at all... I remove the handle and the cable is still attached it's just not working... So the question is... How do I pop the hood when the lever doesn't work?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
I'm not too sure on how to pop the hood. But the good thing about the oil warning system is that you can drive a bit longer before it is absolutely critical to add oil. So I would suggest heading to the dealership to have it sorted out
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Thanks.

Yeah there doesn't seem to be a sure proof way to pop the hood without using the release lever. I was told to try and have someone push down on the hood while I pull the lever but I'm not sure how that's supposed to work...
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When I used to have an e30 you could put a long flathead screwdriver through a kidney grill and there was a lever you could twist to pop open the hood. No idea for our cars though... But there may be something
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Thanks.

Yeah there doesn't seem to be a sure proof way to pop the hood without using the release lever. I was told to try and have someone push down on the hood while I pull the lever but I'm not sure how that's supposed to work...


try that, pull up.. while pulling the cable.

don't jerk the hood obnoxiously, just soft pulls.
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I am sure that your will not be covered in the Owner's Manual, however, you can download an Owner's Manual here:

http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Conte...modelcode=1137

I keep one stored in iBooks on my iPhone in case I need it for something on the go, my actual Owner's Manual lives in a drawer in my office.
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Well just to close the chapter and to help anyone else who may one day be in a similar situation... I was able to pop the hood by taking my indy shop's advise of pushing down on the hood while pulling the lever... No idea how the hood pulley system works but thankfully my shop does... lol!

I really can't say enough good thinks about Bimmersport in Mississauga! I don't dish out prays often but Jon has really come through... He found a vacuum leak in my ess kit which helped fix a bucking issue I was experiencing and added another level of "HOLY SHIT" acceleration... Now Jon has come through again with a fix for my hood issue while he's on vacation... Thx Jon!
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