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Old 04-29-2011, 10:18 AM   #1
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Default Hood latch broke and I cant open hood!

So i went out to my car this morning and started her and heard a metal dinging sound. Went to pop the hood and realized i couldnt.

How can i get this damn thing to open now that the latch is broke??
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Old 04-29-2011, 11:15 AM   #2
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Are you sure it is broke, or is it just stuck? Have someone pull on the hood like they were going to open it while you pull the lever. Most of the time that is the issue. If that gets the hood open, make sure to clean and re-grease the latch.
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Old 04-29-2011, 11:31 AM   #3
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Look in through the grill, just over the pony's snout and tail, and you will see two 1" or so holes cut in the support member. Through each of those holes you will see a bolt with an 8mm head, these are the bolts that hold the hood latch receiver to the radiator support.

Using an 8mm 1/4" drive socket on a long extension remove those bolts. Trip the safety catch and open the hood as far as you can. If the cable is intact this may not be too far. regardless you can then reach in trip the latch manually...
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Are you sure it is broke, or is it just stuck? Have someone pull on the hood like they were going to open it while you pull the lever. Most of the time that is the issue. If that gets the hood open, make sure to clean and re-grease the latch.
yeah i had my girlfriend pull the lever while i pulled up on it..no luck
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Old 04-29-2011, 12:09 PM   #5
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Look in through the grill, just over the pony's snout and tail, and you will see two 1" or so holes cut in the support member. Through each of those holes you will see a bolt with an 8mm head, these are the bolts that hold the hood latch receiver to the radiator support.

Using an 8mm 1/4" drive socket on a long extension remove those bolts. Trip the safety catch and open the hood as far as you can. If the cable is intact this may not be too far. regardless you can then reach in trip the latch manually...
thanks cliffy..ill give this a shot..someone said i could also jack it up and reach up and release it as well..imma go with this tho
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Old 04-29-2011, 01:51 PM   #6
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Is is possilbe that the figure 8 looking loop guide broke, the one right next to the hood release? Happened to me once.
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