BMW Cars 1999-06

Hood

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Alignment



E30 Models
  1. Screw in the hood stoppers on the body fully.
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  3. Adjust the side gaps by loosening the hinge mounting bolts on the hood and moving side to side.
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  5. Adjust the front hood height by loosening the bolts on the body side of the hood hinge and moving up and down. The hood should rest 0.039 inches (1.0mm) below the fenders with the hood stoppers fully retracted.
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  7. Adjust the rear roller so it matches the catch and slides in with no lateral force.
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  9. Adjust the rear catch so the rear hood height is equal with the fenders.
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  11. Adjust the hood stoppers so the hood slightly presses against the stoppers while in the closed position and the hood is on the same level as the fenders.
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E36 Models
  1. Remove the center grilles by knocking them out from behind. Remove the hood lock cable and adjust so there is no play.
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  3. Adjust the hood side gaps by loosening the hood hinge bolts on the hood and moving the hood side to side.
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  5. Adjust the hood locks by loosening the bolts and raising and lowering the hood, without allowing it to lock, to align the catches. Install one of the bolts with threadlocker and torque to 7.2 ft. lbs. (10 Nm).
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  7. Adjust the hood height at the front with the spring stopper. Loosen the bolt and adjust so the hood is at a equal height with the fenders.
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  9. Adjust the headlights so the upper edge of the housing is recessed 0.060 inches (1.5mm) from the edge of the hood. Loosen the headlight mounting screws and turn the expansion nuts. Have the headlights aimed after this adjustment.
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Hood Lock Carrier Service Position



To place the hood in the service position proceed as follows:

  1. On four door models, remove the bolt just above the upper mounting pivot of the hood support strut and raise the hood to the service position. Make sure the hood is properly supported.
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  3. On two door models, remove the center mounting fastener of the hood hinge plate mounted to the hood. Then remove the fastener between the two hinge pivots and the hood grounding cable.
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  5. Carefully support the hood and remove the right side hood support strut and disconnect the top side of the left hood support strut and pivot the left strut forward.
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  7. Install Tool No. 51 2 140 in place of the right support strut using the retainers to safely secure the support tool.
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Removal & Installation



E30 Models


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Fig. Use a paint marker to matchmark the hood hinges before removal



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Fig. Protect the corners of the hood by placing thick, soft, clean towels between the body and the corners. Masking tape and cardboard work well too

  1. Open the hood. Disconnect the windshield washer hoses and the wiring for the heated washer jets, if equipped.
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  3. If equipped with hood prop rods or gas springs, disconnect at the hood attachment point by pulling out the retainer and pin.
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  5. If equipped with removable hinge pins, remove the retainer and pull the hood off the body.
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  7. If not equipped with removable hinge pins, mark the alignment of the hinge on the hood and remove the hinge mounting bolts from the hood side. Remove the hood from the body.
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  9. Install in reverse order and check the adjustment.
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E36 Models
  1. Open the hood. Disconnect the windshield washer hoses and the wiring for the heated washer jets and the underhood lights.
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  3. Disconnect the hood gas props at the hood attachment point by pulling out the retainer and pin.
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  5. Mark the alignment of the hinge on the hood and remove the hinge mounting bolts from the hood side. Remove the hood from the body.
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  7. Install in reverse order and check the adjustment.
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