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I can't open the hood on my envoy the cable seems like it is stuck and i can't find another way to open it any tricks i don't know about?

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  • montedawson1 Jun 22, 2009

    yeah we tried that today... it seems like maybe the latch is loose so the cable won't pull it

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If you use a pair of pliers you can some times pull the cable enough to get it to release. Try having some one push down on the hood while you are pullin the cable. Then have them stop pulling and you let off the cable. it may work. Also you can use a long pick/hook tool and go in through the grill, You can see where the cable hooks to the release, and you can get it to let go. That may be a little more tricky if you don't know what you are looking at.

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Try having someone on the outside, putting weight on the hood and then try it. Sometimes there can be too much tension on the latch and you cant open it. If that's the case adjust it down with the rubber bumpstops. Hope it helps.

Posted on Jun 22, 2009

  • Michael Moore Jun 22, 2009

    So if you tried that im sure you tried having someone lift up on it too while you pull the release? Hood latches can be pretty difficult when they mess up. Mainly I think because they are so simple. Good luck

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Try having someone push down on the front of the hood as u try the release, if that works lube the the hood latch with spray lithium grease.

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