Bonnet Cable Snapped/Detatched

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  1. 1 Jul 2020 at 10:55 AM #1
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    I have scoured the internet but I'm struggling here.

    Most say it's simply a case of pulling the kidney grills out, they're fairly cheap so if the clips snap, replace them. Fine.
    Except they won't pull out. They're so tightly secured I feel like the bonnet will bend before they come out.

    Is there a trick to getting them out?
    I have checked the lever inside the car and the cable is in tact and joined properly. I believe the cable has either broker or detached at the middle point along the wing. Pulling the lever does little more than move a floppy cable not connected to the front catches.

    There are an infuriating number of youtube videos with people saying how easy this is to fix, showing it with the bonnet OPEN and the grills clearly already loosened off or not on in the first place.
    Not one video shows a sealed bonnet with secured grills.

    Even then, once the grills are out, then what? All I can think is using a torx bit on a wrench to loosen off the sprung pins off the inside of the bonnet but I suspect that's easier said than done.
     
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    If the grills wont come out as one without damaging bonnet could you break the slats out?
     
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    That is an angle (literally) I had not considered!
     
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    I thought at first the bonnet was something do with me getting it lined up, but now I think lining the bonnet up just required me to open and close it lots of times. The cable was probably likely to go at any time and I managed to expedite it.
     
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    As has been said if getting someone to push down on the bonnet as you pull the release handle doesnt do the trick, the only other option is to remove the kidney grilles, which will likely mean breaking them if there tight. (Replacements are cheap however) to gain access to manually release the catch.

    I also think it seems pretty coninciedental that your having this issue after making an adjustment to the bonnet. Could ofcourse have been on its way out in anycase. But you will find that out if a new cable/latch doesnt solve it.

    Good luck with it
     
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    The lever always felt floppy. It's linked for sure, but how closely I don't know
     
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    A friend of mine had the same issue after moving his catches right before a show in an attempt to get his bonnet to fit just that little bit better.

    Destroying the grills was the easy part, cutting through the striker with only a hacksaw blade was somewhat laborious.
     
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    not the M3, but 3 weeks after i got my touring i had this happen. Tried everything. Eventually gave up and gave it to the local bmw indie to fix. Wasn't cheap as it took them 3-4 hours to open it. In my case it was the catches for the hood pins had corroded and were just stuck. needed new ones of those, and a new cable.
     
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    It bugs me because I did get it looking noticeably better :bh:
     
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    Yeah it’s annoying isn’t it, I hope you get it sorted easily.
     
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    It's fucked.

    Tried, tried and tried again pushing the bonnet down while she pulled the lever.

    It did sound like there was movement in the front mech but wouldn't budge at all.

    I then disassembled the lever to find there was some damage to the cable in the foot well.
    Got a pair of pliars on the cable and the lead slug just came away.

    I can't feel any movement now, it doesn't feel like gripping it is making the cable move at all. If anything, it feels like I can push on the cable, but not pull.

    There's not much point me cutting up the grill to get the bonnet open until I have the parts to fix it. Or just get an indy to do it. Bet it'll cost me an arm and a leg though.
     
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    where do you live, ive had the joy of this in the past broke the grill, pushed the hook back, pulled on the cable and jiggled, opened right up, then replaced the whole cable
     
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    Bit far but if u ever come to north london, bring a new cable and i can help you out
     
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    Once you got the grill out, how did you manage to open the bonnet?
    I've been peering in with a torch half the morning and can't see much other than the fan shroud.
     
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    Matt, the cable generally break at either mounting point, an easy start would be open up the bonnet release hand panel area find the cable, if its frayed or snapped at the connection point just use pliers and tug on it.

    Try this first
     
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    Done that.
    As in my post, there doesn't feel like there's any movement on the cable when pulling. The lead slug is gone now. Removed the lever and plastic cover, removed the white plate with the spring on to show just the cable. Pair of pliars, pull as hard as I can and nothing.
     
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    In that case Pull on the cable with pliers, get someone to bang on the bonnet catch pin areas and pull on the release catch, its a bit of a touch n feel affair and some patience
     
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    Have you got into your engine bay yet Matt?!
     

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