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Cannot get hood open cable inside broken

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Cannot get hood open cable inside broken
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Jeep
Expert:  camerontech replied 1 year ago.

hi there,

Im cam, and i will try to help you the best i can.

I get vehicles in all the time with broken hood latch cables. Its usually after ive already drained the oil, and i have to notify the customer that his hood latch cable broke and hes into more money just so i can put oil back in. lol

THere is no manual reference on releasing hood latches manually with broken cables. It is a patience and time consuming process.

IF you can remove the front grill without having the hood open, it will be easy and just a long hook to pull the release.

If you cannot remove the front grill, you will need some long skinny flathead screw drives and long skinny hooks. It will be tricky but whit a flashlight you will see where the cable goes through the latch, and thats where you will have to get a long skinny hook to release the latch.

Like i said, there is no set way. just some patience and trying different tools you will get it open


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Just checked cable runs insde mechanism no way to hook on anythinv ynable to remove groo without hood open
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Sorry unable to remove grill
Expert:  camerontech replied 1 year ago.

is the cable broken close to the release lever?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Actully cable seems to be stuck cable extended inside of vehicle as far as it will go but hood still wont release
Expert:  camerontech replied 1 year ago.

if its not actually broken, and its just the release mechanism stuck, you are in luck.

just go to the front and grab the hood and try and pull it up and down forcefully. give it a smack with the fist (but dont dent your hood). this will ussually release the hood and you can than give it a good soak in penatrating oil.

this will take 2 people ussually. one to pley with the leaver and one to be a little rough with the front of the hood.

If the cable is broken and you can pull the entire wire through the sheathing, than you will have to get some long hooks to release it.

the release is always hidden to deter theft, but it is possible. either going underneath through the rad support area or through the front.

it will not be easy but if you bring it to a shop, that is all they are going to do untill it releases.

again, without long skinny strong hooks, you will not be able to do it, but im hoping that the latch is just stuck and a few good tugs and smacks will release it