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post #1 of 9 Old Feb 19th, 2004, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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Help! My hood won't open!!

So I pull the hood release, and felt no resistance, then go check the hood, and sure enough, it didn't pop. The cable apparently either broke or is no longer connected to the hood release.

So... anyone have any idea how i can get the hood open without inflicting too much damage?

THanks!
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post #2 of 9 Old Feb 19th, 2004, 06:01 PM
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So I pull the hood release, and felt no resistance, then go check the hood, and sure enough, it didn't pop. The cable apparently either broke or is no longer connected to the hood release.

So... anyone have any idea how i can get the hood open without inflicting too much damage?

THanks!
WHen you pop it but it doesnt open, can you push down and hear the latch click? Cause mine does that when its cold. Just work it like that till it opens
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post #3 of 9 Old Feb 20th, 2004, 06:57 AM Thread Starter
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No, it doesn't. The hood latch under the dash doesn't do anything at all.
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post #4 of 9 Old Feb 20th, 2004, 08:32 AM
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Try holding the latch with your right hand, and standing outside the car give the corner of the hood a few good pops with the palm of your left. Hit it where it curls up to meed the windhshield in the corner. Works on mine, hope that will help.

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this happened on my old honda. the cable got stretched out, i didnt feel any tension either. the cable was still connected to the lever though. i took out the lever, i got a pair of vise grips and used them to pull the cable till the latch released. this worked for a few weeks til i got a new cable.

check underneath the lever, to see if the cable is still connected. the cable on the honda was steel wire rope, doesnt break easily. the cable might be wrapped in a black sleeve, cut out a section til you see the wire. good luck.

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On mine, when I pull the hood release, it just clicks. So I either have to have someone else pull up on my hood or stick something under the hood to push it as far as it can go, then pull the lever and it pops.

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post #7 of 9 Old Feb 20th, 2004, 06:13 PM
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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.

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I was washing my car today and noticed that one corner of the hood pulls down tighter than the other. I've always noticed this but never gave it too much thought. So I popped the hood and started to unscrew the rubber bumper on that side, which makes it raise up. I did this until the hood was even all the way across. Then I got to thinking, if I back them out enough on each side that theres some pressure on the hood when it's latched, that when I pop the hood, it should come up a little and I wouldn't have to do the stretched out arms trick to pop it anymore. Sure enough it worked. So if you're having similar issues as me, try backing those rubber bumpers out a bit to put some pressure on it while it's latched.

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Screwdriver

I happend to have this rubber screwdriver that fit perfectly in the hood release space when the handle is pulled up. I actually like this method better, I just keep the screw driver in my glove compartment. It stays in place nicely I think because of the rubber handle so try that if you have one around.

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