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Hood release cable is broken on 2004 Toyota Rav4. I've already taken off the front bumper and have access to the secondary release, but can't figure out how to get farther.

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    Frank Perry Apr 29, 2014

    Try taking off the apron on the driver's side under the car (need metric wrench). Shine a light and you will be able to see the spring mechanism for the latch. Under the spring is a metal bar that is designed to hold the release latch cabel. Push the bar toward the driver's side tire. For me, it released very little effort. Be careful, it could be dangerous to touch the spring. In my case, the cable slipped out of its cradle and I had to put it back. I used some copper wire as a twistem to keep it in place. It took me about a half hour to do the job, but someone with good tools and manual dexterity could probably do it in half the time.



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Hi JP,

Unfortunately no. There are two things to try though.

If when you pull the release it feels as though the latch is releasing (without the hood rising), try pushing the hood down (relatching), giving it a sharp rap right above the latch or prying the hood up.

If when you pull the release nothing happens:
Get a flashlight and a long set of needlenose pliers.
Look through the front grill and locate the latch. You should be able to find the release cable. Grab it with the needle nose and pull it away from the latch. You'll hear it release.

Be patient, you'll get it.


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SOURCE: 1998 astro van secondary hood latch will not release

it can be unbolted,but it sounds like your primary latch could be giving you problems. have some one play with the hood release (pushing and pulling) while you release secondary latch and pull up on hood. if you get it open spray all moving parts with wd40.

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