My 2005 X5 has the hood release working freely so I have a cable broken or off the release mechanism. The grill is off on drivers side and plastic cut back. Not much area to get behind the release catch. Is cutting the post a viable option, I need to see if I can find another post first? I am a decent wrench but time is valuable and I make about half of what my mechanic charges so I might give it to him if it is tricky or a headache. What are my best options to release hood?