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My father in law has a 88 Cadillac, hood release inside car is broke, cable is loose, how do i get the latch open to replace the cable?

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1988 sedan devile hood latch/cable. can not open the hood.

I had this problem last week and didn't know what to do. went to a mech and was told for $90 p/h they would try and could take 1,2 or 3 hours.

they can not tell till they try. also called a gm dealer service center and was told the same thing except they charge $150 p/h.

no way . I found a sugestion to to the following .

I'll tell you right now it worked and is soooo easy. I made a cable to stick in the hood and opened the hood in 10 seconds. blew my mind.

go to a hardware store and buy a metal rod - steel rod 4 feet - cost 3 dollars.

get the thin rod about the size of a hanger. put it.in a vice and make 2 bends - bend the rod 1 inch at the end and 4 to 5 inches from there on the second bend

...make the second bend at a 60 degree ange .. on the other end of the rod I folded over twice to make a handle then taped the handle side ..

now you have a rod shaped somewhat like a 7 . Now stick it in the fron of the hood between the grill and the hood point todard the latch and ' fish for a min

then tug. it openes.. doesn't take much of a pull and it openes... \I almost fell over ..

so easy. try it ...

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I hate when that happens!! If you can,grab the end of the cable with pliers,preferably vise grip style & pull it should pop the hood. You may need to cut back some of the casing to get enough to grab. Final option, if that can't be done or if it actuall broke under the hood,like most do, it's time for aggravation of epic proportions & a coat hanger. You'll need to try to go through the grill & hook the little tab where the cable hooks in & pull gently toward the drivers side to release the hood. Some find it easier to lay on the ground & go up from the bottom. Pick your poison,none of it's "fun" but if the vise grip plan works,you got off easy.

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You will need a strong thick wire such as a coat hanger.Straighten out the wire and use needle nose pliers to bend a very tight J hook at one end. You will need to fish this through the grille and loop the J hook to the hood latch arm to releasde the locking mechaniusm

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