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post #1 of 22 Old 03-28-2020, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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Hood cable snapped!

I read all the posts about the problem and thought lubing the cable would buy me some time. Today I went to pop the hood to check the oil and the hood opened and the pull handle snapped off right at the inside handle. The hood won't shut now and I need a new handle and cable I guess. Anybody got a link to the part and install? Thanks a bunch.

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post #2 of 22 Old 03-28-2020, 12:44 PM
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I replaced mine twice before I gave up. The last time I ran what was left of the cable down beside the air cleaner box. The plastic part that breaks I drilled a hole and screwed that to the fender. The inner cable I ran through a hole and have exiting into the front of the driver side wheelwell. Once there I took the end of the inner cable and tied it to a ring of strap iron. I drilled a hole in a small bolt and ran the cable through just like on a bicycle brake cable. Now I just reach under there and yank the ring and it pops the hood right open. I also fabricated a backup plan. The mechanism under the hood has a release and a long rod going to the other release. I tied a stranded pool cover cable to the release and ran it over to a hole I drilled in the side of the hood. I tied the end of that along the side of the hood and painted it black so it doesn't stand out. Making sure the releases are well lubed goes a long way to not breaking the release cable. Rock Auto has the new cables but my way works so well I never installed the third one.
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Thinking this will help.
Give you part numbers to poke around to find a decent price.

https://www.moparpartsoverstock.com/...5235483AE.html

Awhile back I bought this. Have yet to try it though.
It is for lubing a cable.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

One of these days.
I did find this video on how to use it.


Thinking if you buy a new one assuming that tool will work on it lube it up good before you install it.
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Thanks guys! I found one for $17.99 with free shipping from AM-Autoparts. I use this company a lot because they have a 10 year warranty on there parts and send you a refund or new part right away with no hassle if you have a problem.

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yes, the fix...stiff wire around existing cross link, exit thru hole on edge of hood. tape in place till needed. hidden.'
this is for guys who dont want to use a sawsall the first time !!
its like having a parachute,WHEN u need it, not later!!
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Boogieman's picture is exactly where my two cables broke too. I wonder why? It is a pretty straight shot from the firewall to the kick panel where it is mounted. No stress. Maybe a design flaw?

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Boogieman's picture is exactly where my two cables broke too. I wonder why? It is a pretty straight shot from the firewall to the kick panel where it is mounted. No stress. Maybe a design flaw?
I always figured poor lubrication on the latches, bell crank etc.
Plus the cable itself. You know how they fray in the housing.
Then catch on the inside of it. Opening it up just gets to a point after awhile and.........
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I always figured poor lubrication on the latches, bell crank etc.
Plus the cable itself. You know how they fray in the housing.
Then catch on the inside of it. Opening it up just gets to a point after awhile and.........
I agree. All the latches under the hood were pretty rusted when I bought the Jeep. The cable itself is thinner than my speaker wire. After reading reviews on some of the cables on Amazon snapping after 2-3 pulls, I ordered mine from my trusted AM-Autoparts with their 10 year warranty. If you ever have an issue, they don't question you and immediately send you a replacement or refund. I always use Paypal.

p.s. It's got my "Redneck fix" until the cable shows up. Works like a charm.
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The linkages under the hood must be lubricated periodically, or you will snap many more hood cables.
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i pull slow and gentle, no rush,no breaks

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i pull slow and gentle,
That's what she said.

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99' XJ /4.0L-AW4/ 5.5" lift / Rancho RS5000X shocks/33" DC Extreme country MTs. Jeep #18
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"Redneck fix" When my daughter bought this '00 XJ the cable was broke. The hood had never been opened for years. So no oil changes, nothing. I did just like you to get it open. The dealer/seller was astonished. He also wondered why I hooked up a scan tool to look for codes. So when the second cable broke in the same place I rigged what I showed you. I still have the third new cable still in the wrapper. I wonder if I can use the stock cable along with my fix just as insurance?
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"Redneck fix" When my daughter bought this '00 XJ the cable was broke. The hood had never been opened for years. So no oil changes, nothing. I did just like you to get it open. The dealer/seller was astonished. He also wondered why I hooked up a scan tool to look for codes. So when the second cable broke in the same place I rigged what I showed you. I still have the third new cable still in the wrapper. I wonder if I can use the stock cable along with my fix just as insurance?
It's worth a try. Then you know you have a backup.

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Hopefully you guys don't mind if I jump on this thread and ask what lube you use on this cable? Obviously something that would run inside the plastic casing and keep the metal lubricated.
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If I ever get around to it most likely will use this:

https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/MCR1...SABEgL_ZPD_BwE
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