The other day I pulled the latch in the car to open the hood to add oil. When I tried to shut the hood it wouldn't latch fully. I've had this problem before and had a Toyota dealer service department ''Fix'' it one year ago. I paid for a cable replacement but I'm thinking they didn't do it and charged me anyway. I'm mechanically inclined, I just need information on how it works to shut it.
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Re: hood latch on 95 Toyota Tercel won't shut.
What I would do is spray both the latch and release cable end with a good penetrating fluid. Be quite liberal with it and work the latch open and closed and the cable until both move freely and easily. It may take more than one application of fluid to achieve this. Once it is working freely the spray both with a good lubricant, preferably one with "white lithium grease" in it. Work it into the latch and cable and that should solve your problem. Then once or twice a year give them another application to keep them working. Hope this helps.
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Try lubricating the latch and check your cable inside and make sure its in the right position, the latch wont pop again by pulling cable unless you get a Philips screwdriver and push down on the latch where the hood shuts, when it shuts it pushes that spring loaded lever over and latches. Yours is not latching because either is rusted and sticking, cable is out of position causing it to pull all the time or the hood just isn't going down far enough to latch, possibly something in the way.
Raise hood,have some one go pull hood latch and you look at latch and see if it releases,if it doesn't then cable may need replacing,I would'nt completely shut hood cause you may not get back open,also check hood latches bolts and latch for something bent or broken.
Common problem on MANY cars. Try getting an helper to "thump" on the hood while you pull the cable. If this works to get it to pop up, I would recommend lubricating the hood latch assembly with some lithium spray lube before closing it again.
u can't get at the latch unless the hood is open, kinda a catch 22, try this, have someone push down on the hood right over the center in front, that is where the latch is, this unloads the spring tension on the latch and many times it will allow u to pop the hood, then get some WD40 and sopray the latch
Try having someone hold the lever to open it, then you go to the front and try prying the hood (bonnet?) up with your fingers. You may have to give a slight push down first.
If that doesn't work, you try 'bopping' the hood near the front edge with the side of your closed fist, also with someone holding the lever to open the hood. ...not enough to dent it, tho.
Once it is open, lube the latch assembly with some sae 30 oil. If it is rusted, lube it with WD-40, and after a few days of opening it up several times a day, lube it with the 30-wt. oil.
Yup mine did the same thing it needs to be oiled use a spray oil and also if it is cold were you are the hood latch cable can stick open so spray the cable inside at the latch Lockdicer will help for cold days. If your latch is hard to pull <latch handle> don't force it. It will break so if the car will start warm the car up first this will melt the ice. The sceeching is the powersteering pump check the fluid if low if it is not low then it is your pump not to hard to replace. 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).
Use genuine Toyota "red" coolant. Not a great idea to use anything other than genuine Toyota coolant. The Toyota coolant prolongs the life of the water pump impeller shaft seal. Get it at a Toyota dealer, mix it 50-50 with water.