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2003 ranger.the hood will not open. i think cable is loose /broke

How do i open the hood.i pull on th hood release and it sounds like it does not release the hood will not lift any.

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  • bbwshoes Dec 17, 2008

    I know a bit.When I look at the latches for the hood it appears the cable has came off the latch on the right or back part of the latch connection.The release/lever looks like it will work. its just that the hood will not pop up to use the release.Its as if the inside cab lever pull does not unlock the hood for you to lift it a little and then use the relese lever to do the final release of the hood.

  • bbwshoes Dec 17, 2008

    Wow.I held the latch open with a flashlight wedged up against the brake pedal and then ran around to the front and pushed down on the hood and it raised up enough for me to get a hold of the release latch and the hood opened. that was great ,thank you so much for your assitance in this problem. I would have never thought of that . I recommend this site and bilvg101 for their advice .AAA++++++

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    David Johnson May 11, 2010

    I have been in the collision repair business for over 30 years and I am sure I can help you. If you will tell me everything you have tried and such, my help is free. I have just learned of this site and just want to help

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    David Johnson May 11, 2010

    wow, I wish I could help. If the cable has broken your in a pickle, we have to do this a lot, If you have an understanding of how it works you can get it open. I will try to help, but you have to comunicate what you know about cars in general, and your expertise so I can help you OK?

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    The hood wont open - the cable seems to have failed. How can I open it?


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You will need 2 people to get the hood open. While you pull on the hood release cable have an assistant gently pound on the center of the hood until it pops up. If this does not work, inspect the hood release lever to see if the pivot broken, if so pull directly on the cable with a pair of locking pliers. After you get the hood open make sure to spray the latch with penetrating oil (WD40)

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