Question about 1997 Jaguar XK8
Not easy, but then again if it were you'd be replacing batteries daily...lol. You've got to make a long handeled "L" shaped hook. You can purchase a piece of 1/8 inch solid rod from a crafts store or a hardware store.You want this piece to be around two feet long. At the hook end take a pair of vicegrips and bend an "L" shape about the width of the grip teeth. At the handle end just wrap it around your hand so you'll have some control.Grab a good led flashlight also while you're there. Looking up from underneath the bumper at the top of the radiator support, you'll see an opening with the shiny part of your release cable hopefully. You've got to grab a part of that cable and pull it towards the drivers side fender.TRhis should pop your hood.I'm assuming you've already tried the friend pounding on the hood while you pull the release from inside the car routine.Good luck my friend, Dana
Posted on Sep 10, 2009
Most hood latches are operated by a metal cable in a sheath. It may be broken. You'll have to access it from underneath the vehicle in the front.
Posted on Sep 10, 2009
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Locate the interior hood-release lever under the dashboard on the driver's side of the interior of the car.
Lift up and toward you on the hood release lever. The lever is connected to a cable that releases the hood. The hood will pop up about 1/2 inch when you pull the lever.
Move to the front of the car and locate the exterior hood-release lever under the front of the hood. It is located near the middle of the vehicle, just beyond where the front edge of the hood meets the body. Lift up on the inner lever.
Lift up on the edge of the hood while holding the inner lever in place. When the hood is up, find the hood prop and raise it, setting its tip in the hood-prop mount on the hood, to hold the hood up while you work in the engine bay.
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