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I use a set of "Needle Nose Vice Grips" to get a good hold on the cable. Dale
Can you pull the grille out from the front to get better acess?
tried to pull with the needle nose grips just streched the cable did not want to break what little cable is there
Can you get to the RETURN SPRING for the latch itself. If you can cut or disconnect that, then you can wedge 2 or 3 long screw drivers up in there to open the gate and let the hooh come up to the safety latch. I done that before.
Can you get the grillout or at least bent over so you can get better access?
Last Resort: If you raised the vehicle up a bit and then put it on jack stands, take the front wheels and tires off, is there room to go up to the bolts that hold one side ot the other hood hinges?
I am going to try I don't want to snap the grill, the mechanism has a plastic cover which I can't move or even snap off
You might have to pull the inner fender wells to access the hinges.
There really is no easy way unless the cable is broke indise the vehicle. If it is borke on the inside you can remove the lever assembly and peel back the end of the cable housing to be able to pull the cable and relase the latch
do you think a body shop would be able to help
Well, yes but they will be doing the same things I am telling you but charging you an arm and a leg to do it because they know you are stuck and they have you by the ........s. That is up to you whether you want to start pulling sheet metal orpay them to do it.
If you cannot access the cable from the inside, pulling the inner fender wells is the first step. Of course you have to have a fairly good supply of tools to really do this project and it can take a day or two to get in or you can get lucky and get in in a few minutes. Sorry, I wish I had better news for you, Sincerely, Dale
A Locksmith will refer you to a bodyshop
Is there anything else I can answer for you?
If there is something else I can do for you, just let me know, otherwise I would appreciate it if you would accept the answer so I get paid for my time and knowledge.