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Cant open hood

The cable under the dash has become loose and i can't get the hood to open had someone sit on the bonnet but still it wont open

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Easiest thing to do is locate the cable inside the cab and have some place pressure on the bonnet as you pull, if not jack the car up and you can access the bonnet (hood) clip from inside it will be a cork screw shape more than likely and will be sitting in a hold in the centre of the beam LET THE CAR COOL DOWN before reaching up there I have done this myself with no more than a long thin screwdriver after you have it open get on to fixing it then rather than leaving it

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SOURCE: bonnet will not open as clip on bonnet is gone.

Depending upon how familiar you might be with the location of the under-hood release, you may be able to access it through the small opening between the hood and grill that follows opening the bonnet by pulling the lever under the steering wheel. A long narrow standard head screwdriver and a good light may be all that is required. That is exactly how the mechanic at the VW garage will release the hood latch.

If your not at all familiar with the hood latch, it might be useful to view the mechanism in another Passat so that you know how it functions. Less than a 5 minute job, but the dealer will likely charge about $65 to perform the task, substantially more to replace the broken mechanism.

Posted on Jul 14, 2009

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dear friend-push the hood down then pull the lever,if that does not work you have to find away to hook it threw the grill,when open look by the left head light it most likely unhooked there it is a double jointed cable.

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SOURCE: hood wont open on 1999 dodge durango

The cable has snapped. The easy bit is replacing it, the hard bit is getting the bonnet open to do so. Take it to a good local garage, or even to ford to open the hood, tell them you can't open the hood and say nothing. Let them open the hood for you, and close it slowly, just one click, so it it still latched, then change the cable.

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SOURCE: renault clio bonnet wont open

Get a second person to pull bonnet catch and you push up and down on the bonnet whilst catch is being pulled. 1, cable possibly stretched, 2, look at bonnet catch under the coloum to see if wire is attached, 3, try and lie under car and look up the back of the bulkhead to see the catch and release it manually. Hope that helps.

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SOURCE: cant open bonnet on my vauxhall astra 1.4

the bonnet is held down with a spring thats constantly under tension. to get the bonnet open you have to remove one side of the tension where the spring connects to the slam panel. put your hand in the grille and feel for where the spring goes into the slam panel, and use something like a tyre lever put through the grille hole to pop the spring away from the slam panel, thus releasing the tension. you should be able to just pull the bonnet up. my corsa has just done the same thing and this is the only way i could get into it.

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