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Broken hood release cable 1996 Ford F150 pickup

The hood release cable has become detached from the locking mechanism so that it cannot be used at all, not even by reaching inside the grill with vise grips. Is there some way to get the hood open without damaging it?

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  • byuhsid Feb 10, 2009

    I had already tried that method and that is what caused the cable to detach from the locking mechanism so that it can no longer be accessed by needle nose pliers or anything else that I have tried.

  • joez870 May 11, 2009

    Cable is detached from the hood latch. How do I open the hood when there is no cable to pull with pliers?

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On each side of the latch there is an 8mm screw that can be removed through the front, between the hood and grill They are aprox 6" apart.

The latch itself has two locator pins that slide into the front suppoprt behind the grill.

After removing the two screws, gently pry the whole latch away from the support. The hood can be raised, taking the latch with it.

Access to the release lever is behind the latch. It is now exposed.
pull the tiny release lever toward the drivers side and latch will come loose. Good luck!

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YES! The cable runs Through the firewall then on the rh fender then across the front of the core support which is in the very front. Get a light and apair of needle nose pliers. the cable is black and about1/4" size. Grab and pull or cut and pull. You'll be replacing it anyways! The release is on the inside, cut it apart and grab the inside wire and pull, it will be stubborn because what caused it to break was a dry or maladjusted latch.

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