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1986 Honda Accord: The hood will NOT open!!!

I cannot and cannot, open the hood!!! Yes, we pull the latch inside, at the same time, pull the latch on the front down. It takes two of us! It's like the latch release inside the vehicle is not working anymore AT ALL!!  HOW DO I GET THE HOOD OPEN???  Is there a secret way to open it, differently?

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  • sputnicseven Dec 13, 2008

    Thank you!!! I wish sure do that bright and early!  I will let you know how it goes!  THANK YOU!!! After I get it open, THEN I have to figure out where to buy a 1986 water pump! (sigh!) LOLOL

  • sputnicseven Jan 13, 2009

    Well, the hood realeased ONCE only!  Now, it won't open again FOR NOTHING!!!  The inside release lever inside the car will not engage the release under the hood anymore AT ALL!!!  Now what???  You cannot see the latch from under the grill front. :(  

  • sputnicseven Jan 14, 2009

    Thanks! I will have to wait for the weather to head back up into the double digets and work on the cable!  Appreciate your time!  It may be a few days before I can let you know how it worked!

  • steve_horio Jan 17, 2009

    I have the same problem except my hood release cable is disconnected with the hood release latch mechanism! Any clues on how to open the hood? Would posting a picture of the latch mechanism help?

  • sputnicseven Jan 31, 2009

    Well, I tried and I tried... NO LUCK!  Now what do I do???  I cannot see the latch in the front, nor can I add enough tension on the cable to pop the latch!  I REALLY need to get under the hood to fix several leaks.  I only have about 5 minutes of running time before the engine gets too hot. HELP!!!

  • sputnicseven Feb 02, 2009

    I will ask my son to take his camera out there and we will see what pictures we can take.  It will be later this week, since we have a snowstorm coming in for the next two days (SIGH!)  I REALLY need to get this thing open!!!  Down to one car with 9 people's schedules is driving me bonkers! :)  I'm a hair from taking a screwdriver out there and trying to pry it open! However, my luck, I would probley tear it up, for good!  So, for now, I will refrain.

  • sputnicseven Feb 03, 2009

    Thanks.  The problem is only having 5 minutes of running time, before the engine conks out.  I WISH we could get it to the shop, however, it is about 15 minutes the other side of town!  No can do and can't afford a towing charge neither.  Hopefully the snow will move out here in a few days.  I'll keep plugging along till then!  Thanks for all your help! I'll keep you posted and I'll refrain from digging out the dynamite and the screwdrivers! LOLOLOL

  • sputnicseven Feb 07, 2009

    I got it open! I put on a heavy duty pair of work gloves.  I pulled the cabel under the dash down, while pulling the latch release under the dash.  It worked!  YAY!  Now, the diagnose the engine problem.  Looks like the thermostat, air filters and gaskets need replacing.  Thanks for your help!!!

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    can not open the hood. Pull on the release under the steering wheel yet nothing happens. How else do I open the hood?



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Use a flashlight and look in & up through the grille & you may be able to see where the sleeve of the cable runs to the latch. When you look at it, should allow you to figure out which way to pull or pry to get it to release hopefully.

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  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Dec 13, 2008

    Yah, the fun just never seems to end sometimes right? ha-ha Good Luck.

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    Mike Butler Jan 14, 2009

    The only other thing you can try is to pull the lever, as far as you can, then behind/under the lever you'll see cable exposed, grab it with a pair of vise grips & try pulling some more. If the cables broke, it will keep coming, if it's just stretched real bad, it should work.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Jan 31, 2009

    Yes , if you can post picture of latch, with view from underside some how, or as many views as you can, may help. The main thing I'm looking for is where the cable jacket attaches to latch. There has to be some way to trip the latch from that area.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Feb 03, 2009

    There's always the local bodyshop, they may have a trick or 2. and minimal cost.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Feb 03, 2009

    There's always the local bodyshop, they may have a trick or 2. and minimal cost.



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