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Unread 03-05-2011, 09:50 AM   #1
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Broken Hood Release Cable

Morning all,

Haven't been to this forum in a bit, but when I encountered a problem, I immediately thought of you guys/gals!

OK, 98 xj classic hood wouldnt' latch shut.. I ignored it until it flew up in to my windshield, but decided to ""fix it" this morning.. Solution was generous amounts of Liquid Wrench to the mechanism(kicks self repeatedly). Closed and stayed latched.. PROBLEM.. went to open the hood.. and cable had popped (prolly when hood flew up) and now I can't open my hood..

How do I open my hood with a broken hood release cable??? It broke right at the connection to the handle.

Thanks in advance.
Andy

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Unread 03-05-2011, 09:56 AM   #2
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Start taking the headlights and such out. Then remove the grill. You can reach up and get to the mechanism in the center. If that doesn't work, do each side individually.
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Before you disassemble anything, try unraveling a bit of the cable casing where the handle used to be. If you can expose any of the release wire, use a Vise Grips to grab the wire and pull.

A new or used hood latch cable is easy to install.
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ugh, I hope it doesn't come to that..but good approach if all esle fails.
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Before you disassemble anything, try unraveling a bit of the cable casing where the handle used to be. If you can expose any of the release wire, use a Vise Grips to grab the wire and pull.

A new or used hood latch cable is easy to install.

this is my first plan of attack... have to take some of the plastic inside molding off to get to it though.. not a big deal. Thanks for the heads up on the cable, I gotta be able to open my hood at will.
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Before you disassemble anything, try unraveling a bit of the cable casing where the handle used to be. If you can expose any of the release wire, use a Vise Grips to grab the wire and pull.

A new or used hood latch cable is easy to install.
Thank you! That worked like a champ! Removed that bit of side panelling, and took the mounting bracket off by removing three allen head screws (for easier maneuverability), then cut cable from it and started whittling it back til I got to wire. Pulled wire with pliers and hood popped right open.

Thanks for the quick and accurate response!

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