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      01-17-2007, 12:22 PM   #1
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Adjusting the height/position of the hood

I installed a new bumper on my car as I smacked up the original on a stupid high parking barrier and now I noticed for some reason the hood sits a little lower than the fender, especially on the right side.

Does anyone know how to adjust the height of the hood so it aligns flush to the fender? I really don't want to take it to an autobody shop as they would probably charge me a fortune for something simple.
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Can you take a pic of what you mean? I thnk 325baller had something similar after he got his front end repaired. There are screws along the front spring thing that can be adjusted to move the hood around.
Are you sure the hood is shut completely? Sometimes if one end doesn't latch completely, it makes the other side look "lower"
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I will take some pictures tonight and upload. As for the latches, both seem to latch on perfectly, but I did think it might have to do with the right latch being too low down and pulling the right side of the hood down too far. Is there any way to adjusted the height of the latch or the bracket that does into the latch? Is this can be done, I think this might solve the problem.
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This is easy. The two eye latches on each side of the hood in front, screw in and out of the hood. There is a plastic cover on them that you remove with a screwdriver, then turn the eyebolt out to raise the hood a bit. Replace the cover of course.

There are also two rubber covered hood height adjusters on the core support (the front frame that holds the radiator). These just screw up and down to also adjust the hood height when closed.
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I need to do this to my car as I have a 5mm gap across the front hood. But its under warranty so I was going to have them do it for me.

If they won't for free then I will try this method.
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Well I found out the official specs from BMWUSA for the hood gap on 2006-2011 sedan 3 series models. I picked mine up last Tuesday and the Technician showed me the specs for the hood gap and it is:
3.5mm +/- 0.

Mine is at 3.5mm exactly right now so they said even under OEM warranty since its in spec, they can't touch it.

Just thought I would share this with others.
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Well I adjusted my hood gap but the rubber bumpers were never aligned correctly.

So is there an easy way to make sure I have them properly matched up with the new settings?
Any ideas in how to check would be great, thanks.

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Bump does anyone know how to do this?
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Well I guess I will have to go look online for this answer since its bugging me not knowing...
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