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Re: hood latch will not open
Check the easy way first, get someone to help you, have him to pull the lever below the dash, and you pull the hood up, that should work. There is a small release latch under the hood that isn't getting teh bump to push up on the hood, however, that one is hard to fix. If that doen't work, check the cable running to the lever.
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Greg, the spring in latch release is weak or broken probably or it is still seized and lubricant still has to be worked into it. You can probably get a replacement fairly cheap at auto recyclers.
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you don't have many options right now, here is what you can try.
if the cable broke on the dash end, try to removing the release latch from the dash and grab the remaining part of the cable with locking pliers.
if the cable broke at the hood latch end. you will need to pry the latch open in the same direction that the cable release operates. this might be possible with a long flat screw driver with the grill in place. to accomplish this try finding photos of the latch online to see how the mechanism operates. there will be two levers one with the cable attached the other is the safety. the cable lever needs to be released for the hood to open
After pulling latch under dash, it should just barely pop open. Use fingertips and lift on front edge of hood. Then use lever located in middle of the grill to release completely. Then, most important, lubricate all rubber moldings along hood that come in contact with body sections, and then lube the spring latch and clean the loop on underside of hood. It will still always be very tight to open. Just a design flaw I think.
Locate the interior hood-release lever under the dashboard on the driver's side of the interior of the car.
Lift up and toward you on the hood release lever. The lever is connected to a cable that releases the hood. The hood will pop up about 1/2 inch when you pull the lever.
Move to the front of the car and locate the exterior hood-release lever under the front of the hood. It is located near the middle of the vehicle, just beyond where the front edge of the hood meets the body. Lift up on the inner lever.
Lift up on the edge of the hood while holding the inner lever in place. When the hood is up, find the hood prop and raise it, setting its tip in the hood-prop mount on the hood, to hold the hood up while you work in the engine bay.
there should be a lever that is on the bottom edge of dash that is under the steering wheel along the trim. if the handle is broken you can use pliers to grab the cable and pull it to get the hood to realse. if you found all that and i seems to work ok then when pulling the release lever have a friend hit or shake the hood to get it to pop up a little so that you can open it all the way.
I know this is an old post but for anyone that has a problem opening their hood, the solution isn't as complicated as the one above. If you're willing to lie on the ground, crawl under the front end of your impala and look up between the radiator and the grill. You have very easy access to the hood latch from below. You should see where the cable attaches to the latch mechanism. This mechanism needs to move toward the driver's side of the car to release the first hood latch. If it doesn't move freely, it probably needs some lubricant. I had to lube mine and give it a good what before it finally released. Once that releases, you can open it normally. Be sure to work the lubricant thoroughly into the latch mechanisms. If the cable needs to be replace, you now have easier access to both ends of the cable assembly.
try smacking the hood at one of the front corners while someone else
pulls the release handle. or even after you've pulled on it. if that
works, once open, adjust and lubricate the hood latch assembly. if it
still won't open, and
it's the cable and not the latch you'll have to replace it anyway, so
instead of removing the grill, cut the cable behind the pull lever
under the dash where you can reach it. then skin the outer cable
insulation away from the actual steel cable exposing an inch or two of
it. then holding the insulation and plastic housing with pliers, grab
the steel cable itself with pliers and pull it to open the hood. then
replace the cable. the further you can reach up under the panel the
better your chances of getting past the broken part of the cable and
avoid removing the grill. you might also be able to gain access from up
under the car if you're lucky.
Saturn Vue hood release can be opened (if the cable is not broken) by disconnecting the cable from the back of the release lever, grabbing the ball on the end of the cable with some large pliers ("channel locks") and pulling hard. A metal "wire keeper" bracket clamped to the cable end under the hood to serve as a spacer and the release lever works. The purpose of this bulletin is to provide a procedure for opening the hood on the Saturn VUE and ION vehicles should the hood latch release cable mechanism become inoperative. VUE Hood Opening ProcedureModify the Saturn radio antenna by bending the antenna mast 1 in. (2.54 cm) above the antenna base to a 25 degree angle Open hood of similar vehicle to locate hood latch release cable to hood latch attachment point. Using modified antenna, note approximate location that antenna will have to enter in between fascia and hood to access the hood latch cable attachment point. This should be toward the left edge of the Saturn emblem. Also note position of the modified antenna base. It should be angled downward. Note: Use protective tape on the hood and fascia where the antenna will be inserted to protect the surfaces from scratches On vehicle with inoperative latch, insert antenna between hood and fascia and depress the hood latch cable until the hood is opened.
It's under the dash, driver side, on far left, below emergency brake release, and to the left. Once u release it, go to front of car, and open hood (will only open a couple of inches) and release lever in center of hood.