Had an oil change the other day. Went to pop the hood today, and...it won't pop.oohhh: Not currently critical...I can take it back to AGA on Monday and have them deal with it, but...:dunno:
>>>Did the hood latch pop out in between the grills...sometimes the latch/ arm get stuck, you can wiggle it and the hood should open...
NO ... they are adjustable ... just put a flat plade screwdriver in the slot in the "striker" and turn in the appropiate direction (I think you have to loosen the "nut" that keeps it from turning ... inside the spring). (And, lube the mechanism.)>>>
... The car always looked like the hood had been "popped". I guess I need(ed) a new mechanism.
<<<I just fixed my hood release. It is a DIY job. In my case, the ENGINE HOOD MECHANISM #12 that attaches to the interior handle broke. This part comes assembled with a grommet, a return spring mechanism and a cable. See http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=DE53&mospid=47588&btnr=41_0057&hg=41&fg=35
I had to remove the under dash panel, the dead-foot pedal and the filter housing over the brake master cylinder. #12 comes with a return spring mechanism attached. You can easily separate these parts to pull out the cable from the firewall. Since #12 comes with a new grommet, I pulled it out with the cable.
A word of caution. The plastic connecting housing where the two cables, #12 and #22 BOWDEN CABLE connect, is very brittle and can easily break. This housing is part of #22, but it shows the housing at the other end of #22. It has a connecting housing where the cable connects to #12 too. The drawing does not show a housing at both ends of #22.
My housing actually broke, but I was able to tie-wrap the parts together. When I need remove the radiator, I will replace #22 as well. I assume the M5 will use the same parts as other E39's, but double check your part numbers.
+1NO ... they are adjustable ... just put a flat plade screwdriver in the slot in the "striker" and turn in the appropiate direction (I think you have to loosen the "nut" that keeps it from turning ... inside the spring). (And, lube the mechanism.)
I've done it on other BMWs.
<<<This is AGA we're talking about?
Are they going downhill or what?