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Im having problems opening my hood , it appears to be stuck once again , i try to hit on the hood and pulled the cable at the same time but no results

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Ur hood latch is bent down,to fix it pull up on the latch.

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Why can't hood be opened?


This is going to sound crazy, but it _frequently_ works. First, the problem is that your lock assembly and/or cable lacks lubricant and got stuck. So, once you get it opened, you need to spray the lock assembly and as far as you can reach into the cable with WD40 or a similar penetrating lubricant.

Now for the trick to get it open. Place a towel on the hood of the car to protect it. Now take the "ball" of your hand and whack the top of the hood (right over the lock area) as _hard_ as you can (without denting it) quickly about 3 to 5 times.. You're hitting it trying to make it go "down with a shock" to release what's stuck. Then try opening it. You may be surprised to find it worked. The alternative involves a lot of time and labor to take it apart. You'd think there was a "trick" that the dealer knows, but no. After you get it opened, _do not_ close it again until you thoroughly lubricate it.

Apr 05, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

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How to open the hood when the hood release is not working.


Pull the release and have someone hit the hood with there hand in the middle of the hood, by the latch/front. Then adjust the latch upwards. If the cable is broke then go from the bottom and push the release left or right to release. Follow the cable.

Jan 31, 2015 | Chevrolet Cars & Trucks

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My 2000 cougar, i can't get my hood open. THE PULL LATCH INSIDE CAR SEAMS THAT CABLE IS NOT CONNECTED TO THE PULL.


Hi ,
This problem is extremly common. Let me explain something.....
Chances of the cable being broken are very slim. The cable has around 1200 lbs of tensile strength, wheras you can only exert about 30-50 lbs force while pulling the handle inside the vehicle. You can however verify the cable is still attatched by pulling on the handle and feeling behind it with a pair of needle nose pliers to grasp the cable. An extra twist down pull motion at that time can also be achieved to make the cable pull a slight bit beyond its intended travel path. If it pulls very far, it could indeed be detached from the hood latch, but this is highly unlikely. Usually the hood pin gets stuck in the lock due to the fact that people do not lubricate the locks on their car (hood, doors, trunk, rear hatch, etc.). Periodically all these locks , door pins and recievers should be lubricated with white lithium grease and the lube worked in by hand to prevent sticky lock mechanisms. (a squirt of WD-40 into your door locks as well will make them work smoother)
After you have verified your cable is indeed attatched still, push down sharply on the hood and release. This will either reset the lock mechanism or release the hood pin. Try that a couple times, pulling the inside release in between times until your hood pops open. Once open, lubricate the lock in all moving areas and manually work the lock and release a few times to work the grease into the jointed parts to prevent this from occuring again. Do this for all the locks on your vehicle and especially around the pins in the door hinges to reduce wear and insure trouble free lock mechanisms.
Please rate this answer! Thanks, Mike

Jun 20, 2011 | 2000 Mercury Cougar

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My hood will not pop up when i pull release the cable. I can't get the hood open. Any ideas?


If it feels like the cable is attached when you pull the hood release try having someone push down on the front of the hood near the latch. Once the release is pulled out have the person relieve pressure from the hood once you let go of the release. This works for most stuck hood situations. If that doesn't work try having some one pull up on the hood while the release is pulled. This works when the spring has weakened. Once the hood is opened clean and lubricate the latch assembly to prevent further trouble.

Sep 15, 2010 | 2001 Ford F250 Super Duty Super Cab

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My hood got stuck and i cant open it how do i open it help


Common problem. Have someone pull the release while you bang on the edge of the front of the hood with the heal of your hand, keep on the edge as you can dent the hood very easy. it will pop open then spray the latch with WD40. Let me know if this works.

Jul 19, 2010 | 1998 Ford Explorer

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My hood is stuck and won't pop


While you are pulling out on cable have someone hit hood with each fist on front of hood near grill left & right of center at same time.

Jun 28, 2010 | 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

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Im having a problem opening my hood on my 2000 land rover dis 1


You don't specify whether its just that you can't find the release catch, or whether the release catch is stuck / broken,

In the UK (Right hand drive car) the release catch is situated in the left (passenger side) footwell, within about a foot of the lower front door hinge. In a Left Hand Drive car, I guess this would be reversed (i.e. right hand side footwell). Pull, and it semi releases the hood. Next, walk to the front of the car, pull the hood up about 1" and insert your fingers about a foot left of center. Sweep to the right, and you'll release the secondary catch and the hood will be open.

However, if its stuck / broken, then ......

You need to work underneath the front of the vehicle - the idea is to get at the catch and release it with a long screwdriver flicking the catch to open the bonnet -or getting a grip of the cable if it is hanging loose ( i.e. broken ) then getting a grip of the cable with mole grips or even pliers - to pull and release the cable / bonnet.

Once the bonnet is open - you can deal with renewing the cable assembly, or greasing it thoroughly.

Feb 21, 2010 | 2002 Land Rover Freelander

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Hood is stuck, can't get it to pop


Pull the Release again and go to the Hood and then Lightly knock on the hood with your Fist around the Area where the Latch is Located. Do Not Push down on it Just Knock on it with an Upward Motion.

Jan 19, 2009 | 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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Stuck hood release


first, try smacking the hood at one of the front corners while someone else pulls the release handle. or even after you've pulled on it. if that works, once open, adjust and lubricate the hood latch assembly. if it still won't open, and it's the cable and not the latch you'll have to replace it anyway, so instead of removing the grill, cut the cable behind the pull lever under the dash where you can reach it. then skin the outer cable insulation away from the actual steel cable exposing an inch or two of it. then holding the insulation and plastic housing with pliers, grab the steel cable itself with pliers and pull it to open the hood. then replace the cable. the further you can reach up under the panel the better your chances of getting past the broken part of the cable and avoid removing the grill. you might also be able to gain access from up under the car if you're lucky.

Nov 08, 2008 | 2001 Suzuki Vitara

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Replacing hood release cable 244 series


first off before you remove the cable take the hood lock off some people will leave it on and a gust of wind shuts hood then your stuck with no way of opening hood again

now with the hood release is simple once remove hood lock just move the slider to wear the wire is loose and pull it off then on the release pull switch disconnect there it looks like it has a ball on end once the removed just size the wire needed for hood release against other wire for size comparison and attach the way you took it off
i hope this helped you in your quest

May 29, 2008 | 1992 Volvo 240

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