The cable seems to be "stretched". Pulling on the release latch under the dashboard does not release it, but I can pull the handle down, out of the way, and pull on the cable with a ViseGrip pliers, and it works. Is there a way to shorten the cable, or do I need to replace it? If it needs to be replace, how do I do that?
Your help will be GREATLY appreciated!
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This is not the solution I wanted. My wife was driving to visit our daughter, and the idler pully came apart. She had the vehicle towed to a garage, where they changed the cable, along with repairing the pulley.
I could have fixed it myself, and saved some money, but I didn't get the opportunity.
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Hood releases are typically a braided steel cable that runs from the handle inside the car to the latch under the hood. A couple things could be wrong. Commonly, the cable is stretched; you feel the cable pulling when pulling the handle, but nothing happens. You can pull the handle as far as it will go, then use a pair of pliers to grab the cable and pull it even more. If the handle doesn't move, the cable housing could have been compromised or water has found its way in causing the cable to rust and seize inside the housing. Either way, an auto repair shop could help you out if you are unsure of working on it yourself.
the lever for the release cable is probably rusted up. If you look down into the latch you should see the cable attached to a lever. It may help to have somebody pull the hood release to help you find it. Spray the hood latch with some penetrating lube and push the lever back with a small long screwdriver. Be careful not to dislodge the cable from the lever. Pull on the hood release and if necessary push on the lever with the screwdriver. Continue lubing, pulling and pushing until everything works on its own.
Try this, when you are pulling on the release inside the car, have somebody push down on the hood itself. Sometimes that will work if the cable is still connected and just alittle old. I hope this helped and good luck.
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.
While pulling on the hood lever have someone else push down and pull up on hood. If that does not work you will have to try to open it manually by trying reach up and pulling the lever right on the latch. My guess is the latch is gummed up with dirt or the cable is stretched. Good Luck. Let me know if you can not get it open.
I had the same problem with my hood. I had that handy wire hanging out of the front but it didn't want to release the hood. The cable was jammed and the hood had to be manually released via ratchet. After you can get the hood open maneuver the cable under the plastic piece where the hood meets the grill to stop this from happening again.