I recently had my hood rreplaced on my 2003 deville. I want to know if there is a sensor to detect the hood open. It looks like there is one there, but it does not work. I think it was re-mounted incorrectly or missing parts.
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Re: hood latching mechanism
If you mean what looks like a button that pushes down when you close the hood.... that's for the light mounted on the hood so you can see if you are checking the oil etc in the evening. push the button by hand the light will go off and that will confirm it.
if the hood doesn't close properly take it back to the repair shop and ask them to redo it.
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Try using lubricant on the latch, if that isn't making a difference look closely at the latch mechanism for anything that looks obviously broken. if nothing looks broken try lifting the hood and then prop it up. pull the hood release again and try to close. let me know if you get it latched
If the in-car hood release is not working, the hood latch may be jammed. You can try having someone pull on the release while you are bouncing the hood to try and release it.
Depending on the grille you have, another way is to reach through the grill with a large screwdriver and pry the release arm to the right (where the cable attaches to the release mechanism). Failing all of that, the only other way I know of is to manually release the catch from beneath the vehicle, which will involve removing the lower air shield, reaching up from below and repeating the above procedure.
you will have to try to get to the hood release at the latch from either under the car on the front side of the latch or try to get to the release mechanism from the front of the car through the grill area if its accessible,you will have to get inventive to release the latch.
First, congratulations on owning what was considered one of the worst vehicles ever to come off the assembly line - I personally think you are in possession of an extremely classic vehicle. Please don't pry on the hood. Go up under the front of the car and reach up until you feel the hood latch mechanism, you should be able to trip the hood latch mechanism with your hand or a pair of pliers. Once the hood trips you should be able to open it normally. Good luck on finding a replacement cable.
Try spraying the latch mechanism with WD-40 or similar light oil and operating the release cable a number of times. Check the condition of the release cable if nothing happens. The latch itself may have a broken spring due to the low temps.
don't know what vehicle but it's possible if you look through the grill you may be able to see the cable and using a screwdriver pry the mechanism to open it be carefull if it's a plastic gill you could break it
After trying to pull the cable from under the hood and accidently working it loose from the latch, I had a mechanic come out to the vehicle, and he drilled two 3/4" holes that lined up with the latch mounting screws so that he could dismount the latch mechanism from the body of the Jeep. Then the whole latch assembly came loose with the hood. Next, he reattached the latch, and then attached a wire to the latch so that it can be pulled to work the mechanism without the old cable at all, though at the expense of security, because now it can be opened from outside the vehicle, but it's difficult to find unless you know what you're looking for. This might be a little more than most people are willing to do, but it worked for me.