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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I'm going to assume the hood hasn't been opened in
a while. The mechanism that latches the hood down
can get real gummy if it hasn't moved for a long time.
They grease these mechanisms to help them work
smoothly but the grease turns to molasses after a few
years, especially if it has gotten real cold.
Is it cold where you are? If there has been no recent damage to your hood or front grille (that would cause
the moving parts to bind-up) my guess would be lubrication
is needed to restore the release mechanism. it happens.
If you could bring a hair dryer to the front of your car, you
might be able to warm up the stuck mechanism enough
to get the latch to work. You'll need some patience and
a clear view, thru the grille, of the latch mechanism.
Don't melt any plastic parts of the grille by accident!!!!!!
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.
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.