My 2000 eclipse hood is stuck closed, the cable is not broken I've checked everything on the inside of the car, I cannot get it to pop, is there another way of releasing it from the outside of the car?
I had the same problem with mine. while standing in front of the car, have someone push down and forward on the hood (torwards the windshield). While you pull the hood release. Try spraying some wd40 on the latch where the crack between the hood and the front bumper is. after you get it open, clean the latch. Mine was really dirty.
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Re: hood is stuck, can't get it to pop
Have someone go into the car and wiggle the release at same time your tapping the front of the hood near where release catch is. Once open lubricate with wd40 then spray white lithium grease on mechanism and possible some lubricant on all portions reachable.
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If the plastic hood release handle inside is broken, can you reach the steel cable, if so, use a pair of vice grips to grab the cable and pull. Sometimes it helps to have a helper standing at the end of the hood and pop the hood with palm of hand, in the area of under hood release mechanism, at the same time your pulling the cable.
If cable is broken, some makes and models, you can remove front grille and get at under hood release mechanism.
There is usually a primary hood release, inside vehicle, and a secondary release under the hood, you have to slide your hand under the hood to release, sometimes you have to press down on the hood a little to move release. Trying to shut the hood with secondary release engaged can be difficult, you don't have the distance and the weight of hood to swing down.
close hood and lift up on hood to see if it stays closed. if not, check inside car to see if latch(that you pull) is in the correct position. you can tell when hood is closed that there will be some tension on latch. check under hood, where hood closes on latch of hood, is tight and secure(no loose bolts) also check cable if broken. only those things can cause hood to pop open. if all visual inspections check out and still continues to open while driving then the latch (the mechanism that hold the hood down) is bad. vibrating while driving will cause it to open.
Might just be stuck. Have someone pull the release as you FIRMLY pound on the front of the hood in the middle with your fist (NOT A HAMMER ! ! ! !).
If that works and it opens, get some WD40 and spray the latch and cable, lever, etc... and then work the release lever before closing it again. If the cable has broken....... it is very difficult to release without some automotive knowledge. I'm betting it is just stuck...
take off the left front wheel and fender well. slice off the hood cable insulation get a hook too pull the wire have a buddy pull up on the hood while doing this. Should pop open then hope this helps u out.
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.