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Chrysler 300: hood release..I cannot get the hood open

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I have a Chrysler 300 M - the hood release will not function and I cannot get the hood open. Any special releases that I can get at through the grill?.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Chrysler
Expert:  Jerry replied 7 years ago.

Hello and welcome to Just, Super mechanic here. About your vehicle.


The best way to open the hood is to have someone push down on it while you are pulling the cable. If need be then you will have to lay down under the front of the vehicle and reach up in there with a screwdriver and activate the latch, where the cable goes.


The only other way would be to get in there with a small wrench, (10mm) and undolt the latch itself. If you can access any part of the cable from under the hood, in the grill area, you can cut the outer housing and strip it to where you can grab the cable itself and pull on it, (while someone pushes down on the hood)

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.

Tryed to have someone help with the hood and the latch - that did not work.


Cannot gain access to the mechanism from under the car as the radiator and everything else is in the way.


I cannot seem to get at the bolts for the latch itself through the grill. I can see the u hook coming down from the hood to the latch and I can also manipulate the secondary release but nothing happens.


Reagy to take a crow bar or cats paw to it!!

Expert:  Jerry replied 7 years ago.

What year is it?


Do you know if there were any recalls on the hood latch?

Customer: replied 7 years ago.

It's a 2001. I have never known of a recall.



Expert:  Jerry replied 7 years ago.

No, that was on the 2004's


The only thing that I can think of would be to see if you can find a part of the cable that you can strip to maybe gain access to the inside, cable itself.

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I take a look for the cable.
Expert:  Jerry replied 7 years ago.

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