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Re: cable broke from hood latch
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.
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Quite often the hood latch will not release for one of two reasons. Firstly, the latch is gummed up with old grease, and secondly the cable is kinked and does not release the latch. I is also possible that the latch is damaged, possibly at one time the hood was forced down at a slight angle which could damage the latch.
First, check the cable. Unhook the cable from the latch by pressing the latch back as far as possible with a tool and unhooking the cable. Let an assistant pull the hood release inside the vehicle and feel if the cable moves in freely and you can easily pull it back by hand. If not, replace the cable. Do NOT close the hood while you have the cable out!
Next, check the latch for free movement. If ally is well the only other problem is the bullet hook on the hood itself which may be either loose or adjusted in too far,
Grab a flashlight and a long screwdriver and peer straight down into the hood latch. You should see the end of the hood cable, it's looped in to a metal bracket. Have a helper pull and let go the hood release cable from inside the car, this cable should move to the when pulled, and return when released.
If it doesn't return, the cable is stretched, or a spring is broken from the cable assembly. Here's a quick fix:
Facing the car and using the screwdriver, push the bracket to your left as far as you can. This resets the latch. Drop the hood from about 2-3 feet above the latch. You need to close it with a bit of speed or the release mechanism will just move. It might take a few times of moving the cable and dropping the hood to get it to latch.
I would try pushing down and pulling up on the hood while someone operates the hood latch. I'd try to spray some WD-40 between the hood and grill area. From underneath, you may be able to use a long screw driver to try to move the release lever over to release the hood.
if cable broke under hood u will have to use a pliers to pull on cable or a screw driver to pry latch release==unbolt lower valance and reach up behind grill and using pliers grab and pull on latch cable or use screwdriver and pry latch at cable connection --if pull latch broke inside remove kick panel and expose cable using a vise grip or pliers pull cable to open
can you reach the cable itself?,or is it broke at the hood latch?IF its not broken at the outside latch, try to follow the cable,un-hook it from the handle and pull on the wire cable to open it.IF its broken at the latch itself,you are going to have to reach the latch through the grille and try to pull the lever the cable connects to.That part is no fun at all..!!