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Hood release cable

I can't get the hood open to change the oil. How can I get the hood open?

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Try pulling the Hood Release and Going to the Front. Use the Ball of your Fist on the Very front of the Hood Lightly where the Latch is and It should Release.

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Hello Experts, I seem to have a problem getting my hood release to work, what is the best way to get my hood open when the specified manner of opening the hood does not work? I like to be able to...

Under the car:
You will be able to open the hood if you pull off your splash guard and use a long long flat head screwdriver or something like that. You'll see the hood latch in front of the radiator with the cable attached to it at the top near the hood, put it on the drivers side edge of the bottom of the latch and pry to the passenger side, the lever moves from the drivers side to the passengers side, the cable basically pulls the top of it to achieve this. so your doing the same thing on the bottom with the screwdriver.


Release the latch from underneath by the lever that you have to pry towards the passenger side. Then open the hood, and replace the safety release mechanism broken cable.

Apr 15, 2011 | Audi A8 Cars & Trucks

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Hood release cable level inside of car works but wont release hood . how i get it to release to get hood to pop . so i can open hood

Have someone press down on the hood while you pull the cable.Most likely the latch is just sticking and needs a good shot of penetrating oil(WD40).May even try having them bump the hood while hold the latch.Good luck!

Feb 26, 2011 | 1994 Honda Civic

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Need to get under hood hood release doesnt open hood

Hello. I recommend that you start by having a friend help you push down on the hood at the same time you try to pull on the release. If that doesn't work, it may be possible to grab the release cable from under the car and release the hood. Otherwise, you may end up having to remove the grill in order to get to it, not a fun job at all. All of that said, drive it to a Walmart and have the oil changed. If they can open it to change the oil, ask them how to they did it and have them lubricate the hood release while they are at it. Good luck with it.

Nov 23, 2009 | 1990 Toyota Tercel

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My 97 chevy cavalier hood wont open, please help

you should be able to unscrew the hood latch release from the interior of the car and take the cable loose so you can pull the cable out more also once it is released put it back together and adjust the release from the front of the car should be three bolts.

May 30, 2009 | 1998 Mitsubishi Galant

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Hood latch won't release on 2002 Ford Taurus

do you mean undone from the cable? if so, see if you can reach the attachment point for the cable and pull in direction of the cable to release

Mar 23, 2009 | 2002 Ford Taurus

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1999 Saturn sl hood release cable

take a pair of pliers and pull the cable. Then replace the cable as soon as possible.

Jan 23, 2009 | 1999 Saturn SL

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

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)

Dec 17, 2008 | 2003 Ford Ranger Regular Cab

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The hood will not pop open

There is no easy way to get the hood open to repair the problem, here are the common ways we technicians use to get the hood open when the release or latch is broken or stuck, 1st try pulling the outside sheath of the cable that pulls the hood open, it that fails try to reach it from underneath, without a lift rack that is very hard, the 3rd is through the grille opening, after 30 years and dozens of problems like yours this is the way I approach the job of getting the hood open.

Nov 18, 2008 | 1996 Lexus ES 300

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Hood on my 1995 Toyota Tercel won't open

Someone just successfully helped me with a similar problem. IF the cable is Not broken, ie: still taunt when one pulls the hood release lever in the car, then the latch under the hood is simply stuck. Try this. Have someone bounce/press down on the front center of the hood where the latch is located to relieve spring tension. At the same time have someone pull the Hood Release lever inside the car. This may pop open the front hood. Then after the hood opens spray WD40 on the hood latch to rid the rust which likely is the cause of the problem. BTW...don't know what you mean about the Oil Light comes on. You don't need the engine turned on to open up the front hood, at least not on my model (2door sedan).

Oct 23, 2008 | 1995 Toyota Tercel

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Hood release

I had a '94 that some idiot at the oil change place left the dipstick laying on the top of the engine, which jammed the hood latch so it wouldn't open.

I happened to have the proper torx drivers for the grille to be removed and after that it wasn't much of a problem to release the latch.


Sep 04, 2008 | 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan

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