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1997 olds cutlass hood release cable is broken at release latch. How do I open the hood manually?

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SOURCE: My hood latch is broken

If the cable link to the latch is rusty or broken you have to take the front grid down. It's relatively easy. It's held there by plastic fasteners. Then reach for the latch with you hand, or the leftover broken cable. Pull it, it should release the first latch, than you just have to get to the security latch, like you usually do to open the hood.

Posted on Feb 17, 2009

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Is there any part of the cable inside the cabin that you can pull with a pair of pliers? I suggest that you try that. You may need to disassemble it from the pull handle to make that work.

Posted on Dec 27, 2008

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SOURCE: My son has a 1994

There is a latch with a hood release cable connected to it. It can be reached from underneath, between the grill and radiator, or you can reach it through the grill.

Posted on Jan 03, 2009

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SOURCE: Hood won't open. Cable is broken and can't get hood to pop.

NO there is no manual way . get a good flash light and look at teh latch through the grill or from under the truck and try and pop it with a long flat blade screw driver

Posted on Jan 11, 2009

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SOURCE: 1995 isuzu rodeo hood release broken under the hood

if the grille screws are accessable remove the grille which should give you access to the underside of the lock, you may need a screwdriver to push the lever aside to release the hood
Hope this helps

Posted on May 23, 2009

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