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Someone with a lot of patience and persistence can use a strong piece of wire such as a straightened coat hanger to release a hood latch from underneath the car. It is a good idea to have someone press down on the hood to release spring tension. Yanking on the inside release won't accomplish much. I have done this task. It wasn't fun
I've had same problem. Dealer refused to replace hood latch under their extended warranty despite the Toyota Bulletin on the problem. I just DISCONNECTED the hood latch sensor. To get to the hood latch get under the plastic covering over the hood latch by removing the plastic retaining buttons attaching the cover to the frame. Do this by using a sharp edge to pull up the center piece of the retaining buttons, which then lets the outer button pop out. After you get under the plastic cover find the wire coming out of the latch assembly (not the latch release cable you used to open the hood). The sensor wire couples with other wires for the alarm right there. Just disconnect it.
The dealer said I may not be able to lock by car as a result of disconnecting the hood latch sensor. But that hasn't happened, and the alarm hasn't gone off since.
When you open the hood you will see a cover where the hood latch is. Some covers have individual doors on each side of the hood latch. If you have that type just pop the release on the cover and reach down to the headlamp bulb. It comes out with a twist with the socket and then pull the bulb free. Use a kleenex or gloves to install new bulb and reverse the process.
If the whole panel is one piece there are some plastic button holders to remove to lift the cover. Your headlights are underneath. In some cases the passengers side headlight may require removing the battery to access. Then just twist the socket and remove the bulb afterwards, then reverse process.
You need to remove the black plastic mud guard from under the bumper, use a 10 or 12 mm socket with extention to reach the hood latch from under the car, un bolt the latch and lift the hood up to repair. Hope this helps.
TOOLS: Screw Driver, Plastic Cup to place your bolts.
STEPS: 1. Buy a new latch for $20 max. or $5 from your local junkyard 2. Open your hood. Take out your grille. Front bumper. Driver side fender and plastic fender cover. 3. Take the plastic panel covering the hood release latch. (should have 1 plastic screw, just pop that with a flat-head screw driver) 4. Remove bracket (2x -10mm bolts) 5. Remove the entire broken hood release with your new one. 6. Place everything back 7. Enjoy!
you can often release the hood latch from under the car, or through the grille, by reaching up to the hood latch mechanism with a long screwdriver or pliers, or a piece of coat hanger, whichever works in your particular case. G/L
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.
I had the same problem with my hood. I had that handy wire hanging out of the front but it didn't want to release the hood. The cable was jammed and the hood had to be manually released via ratchet. After you can get the hood open maneuver the cable under the plastic piece where the hood meets the grill to stop this from happening again.
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.