BMW Coupes and Sedans 1970-1988 Repair Guide

Hood

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



This procedure will require the aid of an assistant. Also, remember to use cardboard or a sheet to protect the hood when it is removed.

1970-83 Models

See Figures 1 and 2

  1. Remove the front air intake hose and remove the windshield washer tank from the fender well, if equipped.
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  3. Disconnect the plug for the engine compartment light, if equipped.
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  5. Scribe the location of the hinges on the inside of the hood with a marker pen. This will help during installation and making hood alignment easy.
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  7. Have your assistant support the hood and remove the bolt from the hood support arm mounts, note the location and position of any washers.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Early BMW hood hinge-2002 models



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Fig. Fig. 2: Hood support arm-2002 models

  1. Detach the left and right support arms from the torsion bars on the hood.
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  3. Loosen the hinge bolts and remove the hood.
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  5. Install the hood in position and install the hinge bolts loosely.
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  7. Reinstall the supports and check for proper hood alignment. Adjust as necessary.
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1984-88 Models

See Figures 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7

  1. Open the hood. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Disconnect the windshield washer hoses, heated washer jets and hood light, if equipped.
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  5. If equipped with a ground strap between the hood and the radiator support, remove the securing hardware from one end of the strap.
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  7. If equipped with prop rod or gas springs, disconnect by pulling out the retainer and pin.
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  9. If equipped with removable hinge pins, remove the retainer and pull the hood off the body.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Unfasten the washer hose at the radiator support



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Fig. Fig. 4: Removing the securing clip for the prop rod attaching pin



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Fig. Fig. 5: With the clip removed, slide the pin out



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Fig. Fig. 6: Scribe marks around the hinge plate on the hood prior to removing the bolts



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Fig. Fig. 7: The hood can be detached by removing the hinge from the radiator support

  1. 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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  3. Install in reverse order and check the adjustment.
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ADJUSTMENT



See Figures 8, 9, 10 and 11

The hood must be aligned for correct height and centered position. The adjustment are relatively simple.

On some older models the front grille must removed to align the hood via the hinges.

The lock stops on the side of the hood can be loosened and moved to align the height of the sides of the hood, so that it can be even with the top of the fenders.

To adjust for proper hood operation the hood latch assembly can be loosened and adjusted to the correct position. Note that the latch can also be used to adjust the rear hood height on BMW vehicles.

The final adjustment is for preload, so that the hood will open when the release is pulled. This can be done by turning the rubber stops at the corners of the hood. The hood should pop open but also close easily. It should also latch firmly.

Improper latch adjustment can cause the hood to latch too loosely and may cause it to open while in motion. Check that the hood is latched firmly after each adjustment.



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Fig. Fig. 8: To adjust the upper hood latch on a 2002, loosen the bolts



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Fig. Fig. 9: To adjust the lower latch plate, loosen the bolts and adjust height and position



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Fig. Fig. 10: Turn the stopper to align the hood such that it is flush with the fender



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Fig. Fig. 11: On models equipped with a roller bracket, by loosening the retaining bolts, the roller can be aligned for a perfect fit

  1. Fully thread the rubber hood stopper(s) down on the radiator support.
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  3. Remove the center grille(s) and hood lock cable, if needed. This may be necessary for some older vehicles.
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  5. Adjust the side gaps between the hood and the fender by loosening the hinge mounting bolts and moving the hood from side to side. When moving the hood, move it in small increments, then tighten the bolts and check the fit.
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  7. Adjust the hood lock plates by loosening the adjusting bolts. Raise and lower the hood enough to align the catches.
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  9. Adjust the hood height at the front with the spring stopper. Loosen the bolt and adjust so the hood is equal height with the fenders.
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  11. If equipped, adjust the rear roller so it matches the catch and slides in with no lateral force.
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  13. Adjust the rear catch so the rear hood height is equal with the fenders.
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  15. 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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