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Santa Fe 2003. Motor hood is locked. The latch of the motor…

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Santa Fe 2003. Motor hood...
Santa Fe 2003. Motor hood is locked.The latch of the motor hood can not be released by pulling the lever. Likely the cable is broken.How can I open the motor hood? Is there an emergency mechanism to open the hood? Can I open the motor hood or do I need special tools and bring it to a Hyundai dealer?
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Hyundai Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 5 months ago
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Have you tried pulling the lever continuously while someone else lifts on hood

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
that does not release the hood. as said before, likely the cable is broken (split into two parts).
Hyundai Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 5 months ago

if the cable is broken you will be able to pull it out from the latch location, try unhooking the cable from the inner latch and pulling on it with a pair of pliers, if that dosent work and you have a long screwdriver what you will want to do is locate the latch underhood and gently pry on the part of the latch where the cable is attached to to pop the hood

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
no, by a Santa Fe 2003 you can not reach with a long screwdriver the part of latch where the cable is attached if the motor hood is closed.
Hyundai Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 5 months ago

you have to go through the grill with the very long screwdriver

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
do you have any photos, diagrams, schematics that show what you are suggesting and that you can share?
Hyundai Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 5 months ago

OK so this is the best thing I could pull up, but you will see I have circled where the cable would enter the latch and where the cable attaches to would be the point where you want to pry out to pop the hood, you also can pry on cable to pop the hood, they dont make this easy as it was built to detour theft

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Hyundai Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 4 months ago

did you get it?

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