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Hood latch cable broke. How can I get the Hood open?

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  • EAZY12 Jan 24, 2009

    i HAVE A 1997 PONTIAC GRAND AM GT. I CAN GET UNDER THE HOOD. I RELEASE FROM INSIDE THE CAR, THE HOOD POPS BUT WHEN I PULL THE MAUAL SAFTEY LATCH IT WILL NOT OPEN. THE SAFTEY LATCH GIVES BUT DOES NOT RELEASE THE HOOD. WHAT DO I DO . EAZY12@AOL.COMTIV

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There is no way to do this easily, first trying pulling on the broken cable end with vise grips,no luck, then the outer covering of the cable, if that does'nt work a trip to the dealer may be your only option.

Posted on Dec 23, 2008

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SOURCE: Hood Won't Open, and Lever Broke

Hi viper852004 , the only way you can do this is to remove the front grills and then you will be able to see the 2 sprung bonnet pegs, you will need to loosen the adjusting nut where it screws into the hood and unscrew it until it becomes unattatched from the hood, do this for both pegs and then you should be able to release the hood to fix the problem. the pegs will need to be reinstalled before driving the car as the hood will not close, hope this is of some help, regards mark.

Posted on Jan 26, 2009

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SOURCE: 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse hood latch cable is broken

one way would be to take off the bumber and pry it open. these cars should have back up plans but they dont. lol once you get it open try going to a junk yard and taking one out of another car. if not then buy one and get it put in professionally because its very difficult to do.

Posted on Jun 04, 2009

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SOURCE: 2000 jeep cherokee 4wd hood latch system broken - how do I open

It can be a pain, even for a skill mechanic, BUT you have to get under and trip the leaver or sometime if the cable broke on the inside you can strip the cable shroud and use plyers to pull the cable

Posted on Jun 10, 2009

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SOURCE: broke hood latch cable pulling it

You may be able to disconnect the cable behind the broken pull, then use a set of pliers to activate (pull) the cable within the sleeve - Otherwise you'll probably have to see a mechanic or body shop, as they are difficult to access when the hood lock is engaged...

Posted on Aug 22, 2009

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SOURCE: hood latch cable broke how do I open hood?

You'll have to remove part of the grill and try to access the latch from inside. Yoy may have to unbolt the entire thing, but make sure you mark it 1st so that you know how to put it back in the EXACT spot it came from. Then once out, you can extracate it from the latch pin on the hood, replace your cable and start fresh. Good luck, this is one of those things that no matter how long you've been working on cars, its always hard to do!

Kevin

Posted on Sep 12, 2009

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SOURCE: the hood latch cable broke under the hood how can

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 Procedure Modify 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.

Good luck and thank you for using fixya

Posted on Mar 15, 2010

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