Since I'm lanky, I pull the latch while standing in front of the tire and then reach the front edge of hood and lift up with my left hand. I think I need to replace the spring and adjust the bracket possibly. I cleaned it once and it worked fine for a couple times then went back to this. As far as how to get it open if the cable has snapped, if you can't do like Wufaded said and pull on the wire from inside the car, like if it broke somewhere else, then short of busting up your grill, it's not going to be easy. You need to remove the three bolts that hold the mechanism in, but they're 12mm bolts, and a 12mm socket won't fit between the grill slats. On the one hand, you're glad the design makes it damn near impossible for someone to get the hood open from outside the car, on the other, you're pissed because it's your car and you're the someone! I'd start looking for a replacement grill at the junkyard for $5-$10 and while you're there, maybe get the hood release cable. Then go home and do your best not to bust the grill getting that socket in there, but if you do, no big deal, you've got a spare.
Rob '93 SE-R
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Last edited by toolapcfan; Feb 20th, 2004 at 06:15 PM.