Makes it easy if you ever have to remove/install the engine
open the hood
remove the clips holding the hood shock
Remove the hood shock while supporting the hood
Repeat for the other side
Lift the hood all the way up until the holes on the hood hinge are aligned.
Insert a bolt or rod through the hole
Reverse to return the hood to the normal position
Last edited by Schitzo; 01-17-2012 at 11:15 AM. Reason: Fixed photos
Thats a cool little tidbit, Thanks for the info.
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Nice tip. It needs more pics though. Oh noes, the third one didn't load the first time. Never mind
Last edited by crdiscoverer; 06-21-2010 at 10:21 PM.
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very nice,thank you sir
Who knew? Thanks.
That's a good tip. Thank you for sharing.
Don't you have to remove both hood shocks before you open the hood all the way up (you mentioned to repeat on the other side, but is that possible without the hood shocks on both side off first)?
Great idea for when you have work close to the firewall.
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What size / thread pitch is the bolt?
This is a very cool trick & thanks for sharing it with us. Next time you do it please post some pictures way from the car so we can see how wide open the hood stays as you do this. Thank you in advance...
Wow, this is a good little thing to know. Thanks!
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I do have one I'll see if I can dig it up
best pic i have
Last edited by Schitzo; 12-21-2010 at 06:46 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
i hope i never need to know this
This is great news. I never knew about the hood service position in e39. I was always envious about how my dad's Benz hood could go straight up just by pressing in some locking knobs near the hinges. Now i can boast and say the bimmer can do eet too. Can't wait to try this.