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The hood will not pop open

The hood will not open when the release is pulled any info would be very beneficial.

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  • jccl888 Apr 02, 2009

    I have the same problem with my is 300. When I pull the latch there is some give in the cable and the handle does not return. Did you ever solve the problem?

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I used WD40 with a long spray tube through the grill to liberally cover all of the parts and the cable then let it sink in for a while. I then got an assistant to hold the bonnet down to relieve some of the pressure on the catch and tried again. Bingo! Disassemble the mechanism and release the cable clamp outer. Tie up the catch with string to the bonnet so it's lifted up as high as possible. Make a funnel out of blue tac or similar and fill with oil so it will flow into the cable inner. Work the catch a few times and leave it. Keep topping up the oil and working the catch for a while to get the oil well into the cable. Oil the mechanism and replace. I guess I got lucky but you might be the same!

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May I ask how to pull the outside sheath of the cable? Where is it located?

I've already tried to lift the release by using a string and pull up... however nothing happens when I pull it up....

Please help... it just so happen that my battery ran out of battery however I can't get the hood to pop to jump start...

Posted on Dec 05, 2009

  • piddyx Mar 01, 2011

    I have the same issue. Maybe there is a design flaw with that model.

  • striplar Apr 24, 2011

    I used WD40 with a long spray tube through the grill to liberally cover all of the parts and the cable then let it sink in for a while. I then got an assistant to hold the bonnet down to relieve some of the pressure on the catch and tried again. Bingo!
    Disassemble the mechanism and release the cable clamp outer. Tie up the catch with string to the bonnet so it's lifted up as high as possible. Make a funnel out of blue tac or similar and fill with oil so it will flow into the cable inner. Work the catch a few times and leave it. Keep topping up the oil and working the catch for a while to get the oil well into the cable.
    Oil the mechanism and replace.
    I guess I got lucky but you might be the same!

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There is no easy way to get the hood open to repair the problem, here are the common ways we technicians use to get the hood open when the release or latch is broken or stuck, 1st try pulling the outside sheath of the cable that pulls the hood open, it that fails try to reach it from underneath, without a lift rack that is very hard, the 3rd is through the grille opening, after 30 years and dozens of problems like yours this is the way I approach the job of getting the hood open.

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