Question about 1995 Toyota Tercel
I don't know where the cable is disconnected, but I can't get the hood open (release lever moves, just doesn't do anything) & the oil light has just come on. Does anyone know how to open the hood without using the hood release? Please let me know, thanks.
Someone just successfully helped me with a similar problem. IF the cable is Not broken, ie: still taunt when one pulls the hood release lever in the car, then the latch under the hood is simply stuck. Try this. Have someone bounce/press down on the front center of the hood where the latch is located to relieve spring tension. At the same time have someone pull the Hood Release lever inside the car. This may pop open the front hood. Then after the hood opens spray WD40 on the hood latch to rid the rust which likely is the cause of the problem. BTW...don't know what you mean about the Oil Light comes on. You don't need the engine turned on to open up the front hood, at least not on my model (2door sedan).
Posted on Feb 08, 2010
In my 1983 Toyota Pickup there is a small plastic fitting that broke that let the cable sheath become not anchored. We had to use a hack saw to remove a small amount of the grill to allow us to remove the bolts mounting the hood release to the radiator mount. The hood then can be raised and repairs be made.
Posted on Aug 21, 2013
when you pull the hood release lever, you may not hear anything, and the hood won't move, and when you walk to the front, it is still seated, if you can get your fingertips to grap the bottom of the hood (just above the silver trim) you can pull it up..mine does that, it doesn't seem to work, but you have to pull up on it and it kicks up a couple inches and you can reach the lever
Posted on Feb 17, 2009
SOURCE: hood release lever
usually just a cable that needs tightened.. look for screw attached to cable near the latch thats on the hood use a screwdriver to tighten. worked for me ;) goodluck
Posted on Jun 29, 2008
Do you have a new cable?? If not most likely there is a need for it it may be stretched out. You can grab the end of the cable that goes to the release (in the interior) with a pliers and pull it this will finish the cable and a new one will most likely be needed
Posted on Jul 11, 2009
I had same problem. Sprayed latch with WD-40 and no more problems. P.S. The lever should say "Hood" or there should be a picture of an open hood.
If lubrication doesn't work, your cable might be stretched or your latching mechanism might be defective. In either case, a visit to your local salvage yard will solve the problem.
Posted on Jul 18, 2010
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