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It should be on the near the center at bottom of grille.Please rate my response Thank you very much

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Can't find the secondary release for the hood on 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee.


I thought I might be able to find you an owners manual online but there aren't any free ones.

Get a flashlight and lift the hood as far as you can raise it. Shine the light in and look for the hook. They are usually a little off centre to the left or right. The catch may pull left or right, or there may be a small three finger pad attached to the underside of the hood which you push up.

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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.

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do you know were the cable has snapped front or cab ?
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No good deed goes unpunished. It sounds like the secondary safety catch is bent and not going into it's opening. Look at where the pointy catches enter the front frame of the car and make sure they line up as you close the hood. If they do line up, it's possible that the catch that springs against the hood pin is frozen or stuck. Spray some penetrating oil into the latch mechanisms at the front frame of the car and also try pushing the release lever inside the car back into the closed position. Sometimes they get stuck in the open position.

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You don't specify whether its just that you can't find the release catch, or whether the release catch is stuck / broken,

In the UK (Right hand drive car) the release catch is situated in the left (passenger side) footwell, within about a foot of the lower front door hinge. In a Left Hand Drive car, I guess this would be reversed (i.e. right hand side footwell). Pull, and it semi releases the hood. Next, walk to the front of the car, pull the hood up about 1" and insert your fingers about a foot left of center. Sweep to the right, and you'll release the secondary catch and the hood will be open.

However, if its stuck / broken, then ......

You need to work underneath the front of the vehicle - the idea is to get at the catch and release it with a long screwdriver flicking the catch to open the bonnet -or getting a grip of the cable if it is hanging loose ( i.e. broken ) then getting a grip of the cable with mole grips or even pliers - to pull and release the cable / bonnet.

Once the bonnet is open - you can deal with renewing the cable assembly, or greasing it thoroughly.

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So I gather that the release inside the car has release the hood's primary catch, but the T handle is not release the secondary catch to allow the hood to fully open.

If this is the case, take some lithium grease or WD-40 (lithium grease is much better and lasts much longer) and spray it onto the catch assembly.

Try pulling on the T handle some more after a few minutes of the grease soaking in and see of that releases.

If that doesn't work, then take a long flat screw driver and press it against the catch gently hit the screw driver with a hammer (you should be trying to push the catch towards the driver's side of the car)
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