BMW broken front HOOD release CABLE

DEAR SIR
I refer to your article of 06/2002 ,copied below., in response to another's similar problem.
I wonder if you can help a bit further. I have a BMW 318i se 1997 P reg saloon 4 door.
Bothe main and second linkages have got loose.
I have been trying to attempt to access the linkagege mechanism via the front grills as u suggested.However I am finding it very difficult to bend the inner side rubber casing from inside the grill/void. I can see what looks to be a matchbox size unit screwed to underside of top meber framing (that seems to hold the front radiator ends).
Can you kindly elaborate where are these holes l u refer to ocated ? If you have any pictures or diagrams that might help, it would be most appreciated. Or is there a simpler way to open the hood?Do u think i should try to unscrew the mathcbox size lingage unit (if it is the one!)
I appreciate a hastey reply . Thanks in advnce.
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From: ) Subject: Re: E36 - Broken hood release cable
View this article only Newsgroups: alt.autos.bmw Date: 2002-06-09 12:59:56 PST
Darren Lambert wrote:

The following might help, I would check the part about the grills clipping back together before I banged them very hard. Have you talked to the Service Manager at your local BMW dealer or maybe to the Body Shop Foreman?

Regards Ken R. ##########################################################
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