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Hood release cable is frozen, how to unlatch hood?

Hood release cable is frozen, how to unlatch the hood without it?

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  • deano1932 Jul 29, 2009

    I dont mean to sound ungrateful but... I solved the problem
    myself. The solutions here were completely of no help. I checked out a
    friends Blazer and figureed out how to do it - 2 different ways...
    both work!

    To unlatch the hood, you need to get to the latch from the rear.
    Putting a crowbar or long screwdriver in will never unlatch the hood as
    the latch is protected from the front.

    Simple method: I took a stiff wire coat hanger and straightened it out.
    Then i made a sharp bend (>90 degrees) about 1/2 inch from one end.
    Now I slid the hanger in from the right (driver's side) in the gap
    between the hood and the top of the radiator mount. Point the small
    bend in the hanger towards the front. Go directly behind the safety
    catch lever and behind the metal plate that hides the cable latch (you
    can see that the cable goes behind the plate). Extend the bend about an
    inch or so beyond the safety latch and try to catch something (a small
    lever that the cable connects to) then pull to your right. Give it a
    try several times until you catch the lever.

    Longer Method: Remove the two nuts (13mm) behind the center column that
    the plastic grill mounts to. The nuts are facing directly downward.
    These nuts hold the hood latch to the top radiator mount. After
    removing the nuts, you should be able to lift the hood an inch or two.
    Now remove the four small bolts (I think they are 7mm or 8mm - sorry I
    didnt look at the socket) that mount the top of the plastic grill to
    the top radiator mount. Also, remove the two screws that mount the
    plastic grill to the center column behind the middle of the grill. Now
    you can use a little extra muscle to lift the hood (and latch) high
    enough to get your finger behind the latch and pull the lever to the

    Like I said. I did it both ways and can do the coat hanger trick in the dark now with no problems.

    Good luck!!!



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If you can get a pry bar or a screwdiver under the hood and push on the mechanism that the cable pulls the hood will open.then you need to replace the cable.

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