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Re: hood latch cable fails to release hood when
I would try pushing down and pulling up on the hood while someone operates the hood latch. I'd try to spray some WD-40 between the hood and grill area. From underneath, you may be able to use a long screw driver to try to move the release lever over to release the hood.
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While having someone pull release, trying banging with palm of hand on front of hood near latch, it may just release. If that fails, try getting a small pair of pliers or vice grips on cable behind lever you pull to open, and trying pulling cable more, that way. There should be a way to adjust /tighten cable once you get it open and look at latch where cable is attached. Lubricate mechanism as well once open.
use a coat hanger and go through grill and hook the hood latch. you can also lay under front of car with a few extensions and a rachet, and take out the bolts that hold hood latch. if both fail. remove grill if possible to get to hood latch. good luck !!
if it is broken at the handle you should be able to grasp the cable with pliers to pull it otherwise you will have to go out front of truck and the best way i found requires long arms, but you would have to use a flashlight and slide under front bumper and look upward to find cable/latch assembly. You may be able to do it through the grill but if cant see it through the grill under neath.if you in front of truck pull latch to right and it will release.
can you reach the cable itself?,or is it broke at the hood latch?IF its not broken at the outside latch, try to follow the cable,un-hook it from the handle and pull on the wire cable to open it.IF its broken at the latch itself,you are going to have to reach the latch through the grille and try to pull the lever the cable connects to.That part is no fun at all..!!
You may have a disconnected cable, or the release spring won't pop up the hood. First try having someone else lift up on the hood as you try the release, this may open it. If not, the cable may be disconnected, where you will need to pull the plastic pannel off inside your truck where the hood release lever is. Inspect the handle, and where the cable goes into it. Also try using a pair of pliers on the cable once it's off the handle, because it may be stretched or broke. If that does it, you will need another cable, or just carry the pliers with you.
Hope this helps
Someone just successfully helped me with a similar problem. IF the cable is Not broken, ie: still taunt when one pulls the hood release lever in the car, then the latch under the hood is simply stuck. Try this. Have someone bounce/press down on the front center of the hood where the latch is located to relieve spring tension. At the same time have someone pull the Hood Release lever inside the car. This may pop open the front hood. Then after the hood opens spray WD40 on the hood latch to rid the rust which likely is the cause of the problem. BTW...don't know what you mean about the Oil Light comes on. You don't need the engine turned on to open up the front hood, at least not on my model (2door sedan).