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Re: 1998 Ford Explorer Hood Release Problem
There is always a cable involved in this sort of situation. if you can get to it which in most cases you cant. check for kinks in it firstly and breaks in the protective layer which lies inside the outers. if none of the above then i suggest that you spray lubricant down as no electric passes through.
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Go under the dash and cut back the hood release cable outer sheath if itis a broken cable we are talking about here, This will expose the inner cable core, use a pair of vise grip locking pliers pliers to pull on the inner core of the cable while someone presses down on the hood over the hood latch area to release tension, it should pop up.
You don't have to take the grille apart, besides, you can't take it apart without the hood open, so what he wants to do is smash it open. If you get another vehicle just like yours to look at under the hood, you can see exactly what to grab with a small hook or wire, you can pop the hood this way, some fords have a pinhole for popping the hood, might take you an hour to do it, but it can be done. Check it out, hope this helps.
if it is broken from inside the cab, skin the cable housing until you get to the cable and grab it with pliers or vice grips and pull the release. If it is broken from the latch under the hood you are going to need to get to the latch and release it with something, anything that you can get in there and pull the release latch.
Check with the dealer's parts dept, usually there is a place somewhere on the grill that you can stick a long screwdriver into, to activate the latch. Or if you have a friend with a similar model, open the hood and watch while he pulls the inside release, look at what moves and where. You should be able to figure it out.
get a pair of good Vise Grip locking pliers, cut back the outer sheath off the cable inside car to expose the inner wire core of the hood release cable, clamp the vise grip locking pliers as hard as poss on the inner wire core, then have someone push down on the hood over the latch area center front of hood, pull the wire core and the hood should release.