I was checking my oil and went to close the hood which would not close all the way. I loosened the 2 nots on the latch assembly and lubricated the assembly with WD40 and put it back on. The hood did close complete;y, however when I went to test it with hood latch inside the car, it was completely loose. Is there any way to get the hood open?
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Re: hood latch cable is not working--hood is closed
Yes, there is a way. I've had to do it three times.
Once I got it the first time, 2 and 3 were easy. You're going to need a
flashlight and a long screwdriver or needlenose pliers.
the grill and look through with the flashlight. You're looking for the
hood release cable. Follow it as far as you can to just beneath the
Now look for the clamp on the outer part of the
cable. To the left of that you should see the inner cable (the part
that moves and pulls the latch). Try to either grab it with the pliers
or get the screwdriver above it and pull down. You'll here it click
open when you get it.
If the cable is broken or off, you're
still in the right area. Look for the latch assembly, there are two or
three small arms beneath. Try to move each one to the right. Be
patient, you'll get it open.
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check the cable that runs from the passenger compartment out to the hood. if it is stuck pulled out the it will hold the latch in released position. look down at the latch and you will see the cable . use a screw driver to work the cable and see if it is working freely. if not replace it and happy motoring.. another thing ot check if it is working properly is the latch adjustment. if it somehow got pushed down it wont be able to close around the hood bar and hold it. you should hear that click when it closes. simple fix is to loosen the bolts and raise it up a little and tighten it back up.
lube the latch mechanism and with a screw driver try to lock the latch. if it latches then you need to loosen the latch and move it up. if it doesnt lock make sure where the cable pulls on the latch popped back in. if the lock where the cable is popped back in and it still wont latch it maybe worn out and needs replaced
Grab a flashlight and a long screwdriver and peer straight down into the hood latch. You should see the end of the hood cable, it's looped in to a metal bracket. Have a helper pull and let go the hood release cable from inside the car, this cable should move to the when pulled, and return when released.
If it doesn't return, the cable is stretched, or a spring is broken from the cable assembly. Here's a quick fix:
Facing the car and using the screwdriver, push the bracket to your left as far as you can. This resets the latch. Drop the hood from about 2-3 feet above the latch. You need to close it with a bit of speed or the release mechanism will just move. It might take a few times of moving the cable and dropping the hood to get it to latch.
Try spraying the latch mechanism with WD-40 or similar light oil and operating the release cable a number of times. Check the condition of the release cable if nothing happens. The latch itself may have a broken spring due to the low temps.
i'd check the hood latch,it could have been pushed down and not locking onto the hood latch,look at the bolts on the latch see if it has moved down,if so loosen and raise it up ,test it to make sure it is still latching
Hrmm. Have you taken the whole latch assembly off ? If not there is a black cover over the assembly which has about 6 screws on it that is also connected to th fan shroud, then after that it's only 2 bolts to undo I believe they are 5/8ths socket, dont quote me. My 97 just had the same problem I popped the hood one day and then it didnt close again. So after taking the assembly out there are 2 springs one that is for after the hood is popped to just open it up that is a big spring about 2 1/2 inches or so. Theres another one at the bottom though that actually keeps the hood latched down on my truck it was rusted and snapped in half. I went to the ford dealer said I had to buy a whole new assembly 25$ plus 2 days wait, I went to home depot in the hardware section found a pack of springs that contain (2) 2 1/2" inch springs and (2) 1 1/2" for 4 dollars used the small one to replace it now I have back up for both. Hopefully this is your problem cause it's cheap and easy to fix just open it up. Let me know if this is it.