I have a 95 Ford Contour. When I pull hood release it doesn't open the hood. Do you know how to release it thru the grill to get it open? Need to check radiator atleast until I can get hood release looked at. Thanks
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Re: Hood release broken
you might want to contact a local ford dealer mechanic and ask them if they know a trick before you try and locate that busted cable. Your going to have to do some looking/studying through the grille or under the front of the car, If the car has to come up off the ground I suggest using car ramps, theyre safer than jacking the car up and blocking it If you have to jack the car up blocking the rear wheels is a must and setting the parking brake, while the vehicle is in the air I strongly suggest using a secondary failsafe such as blocks of wood or large pieces of firewood to make absolutely sure the car does not move. Now looking up under the front fascia of the car you will probably encounter a large piece of plastic, it has to come off so you can see above it and its usually held in place by plastic screws or snaps, they either just unscrew or pop out, now with the plastic out of the way you have to study where the black plastic aircraft cable goes into the hood latch( busted latch release cable) and bypass it by either pulling the inner cable inside with needle nose pliers where it broke off, or pulling the metal area where the latch release cable was attatched with needle nose pliers. untill you get a replacement you can temporarily use some bailing wire to hook where the busted cable went and bring it through the grille with a loop.
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You can try going up from the bottom behind the bumper cover, or thru the grille opening. You may be able to pull the hood latch with a hook such as a coat hanger or pry it with a crowbar. You may have to have the bumper cover removed to gain access.
You don't have to take the grille apart, besides, you can't take it apart without the hood open, so what he wants to do is smash it open. If you get another vehicle just like yours to look at under the hood, you can see exactly what to grab with a small hook or wire, you can pop the hood this way, some fords have a pinhole for popping the hood, might take you an hour to do it, but it can be done. Check it out, hope this helps.
The first thing You need to do is go to a Salvage yard where you can remove this part yourself. What you want to find is how the car is put together. Observe how the Grille comes apart. Maybe take a digital picture. Remove the hood release from the Salvage car and keep the extra attaching nuts and bolts in case you drop some when reassembling your car.
Second, disconnect the hood release handle from the interior of the car. Then pull on the cable and if it is broken pull out the broken piece. It is possible that it broke close to the interior. Then you would be able to cut the cable in a place which still has the metal piece in it. You could then grab the remaining cable and pull on it to free the hood. You may have to work from beneath the car to access the broken part.
But if you went to the Salvage yard you will know how to remove a grille without breaking your own grille. Now you have two solutions-grab the broken part without removing the grille, or removing the grille and then work on the cable.
get a pair of pliers and pull the grill release out. if that doesnt work you can pull the lower middle grill out and reach your hand up thru and release the lever with your hand. you might need to take your plate and plate mount off but after you get those off just give it a good hard tug and it will pop right out. (its clipped on with no screws or bolts) this was happening to mine now the main release won't open so get it fixed asap. you dont want this to happen to yours, trust me!
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.
on the left side of the drivers side their is a panel with the hood release
Pull off the cover of the hood release and you will see a cable connected to the hood release. take some pliers and give it a good pull.
if you dont hear a click, have someone pull the hood up while you pull on the hood release cable. next their will be little space to take off the grille for easier acces.
take off the grille carefully by prying it off carefully on each side. push the grill up and pull it towards you going up then down.
Now all you have to do is stick a flathead screwdriver or philips. and on the bottom of the hood release on the hood stick the screwdriver under the release and push the screw driver down while pushing the hood up.