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Old 11-24-2013, 10:03 AM   #1
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hood release

Is there any adjustment in the hood release cable or mechanisms sometimes my hood won't open or it requires me to pull very hard on the hood release to get it to open
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Old 11-25-2013, 08:43 AM   #2
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I've had to replace hood release cables/latches on 3 cars. If it shows warning signs that it will fail soon, I highly recommend replacing it proactively. Otherwise it will fail under very inconvenient circumstances.

I'm not certain about the E36, but I've never seen a cable designed for adjustment. You could shim one end of the cable with a zip tie if a bit of stretch is your only problem.

Inspect, clean and lubricate all your latches and cable junctions. If it still feels like it's on the verge of breaking, replace both latches and all cables.

Here's what a PIA it is if you don't take care of it now:
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Old 11-25-2013, 05:02 PM   #3
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^ +1. With that said, I have a brand new OEM hood latch cable for E36 Sedan. Was going to put into my car but it's getting the axe.

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Old 12-12-2013, 10:35 AM   #4
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Not quite the correct answer but...

You can "tighten/loosen" it somewhat with the pins that are on the underside of the hood. Just a large slotted screwdriver to make them longer or shorter. This is mostly for alignment but they will "pull" less on the mechanism, making it easier to pop if you back them off a little. I did exactly the opposite on one of my cars to make the front of the hood sit a bit lower and I definitely found it more difficult to release because it's under more tension.
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Old 12-12-2013, 10:41 AM   #5
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I ended up just changing the cable fixed all issues
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