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Old 11-13-2023, 02:49 PM
Join Date: Nov 2019
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hood lock broken Help needed

I have a a problem with my hood release.
The handle snapped so i was using mole grips.
Today i pulled the cable and it pulled the whole
cable into the car.
As luck would have it the hood opened.
I found the part on the lock where the cable connects
to had broken off.
Not thinking i shut the hood.
How can i open the hood to fit a new lock.

Thank you in advance.

Dave king
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Old 11-13-2023, 02:57 PM
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I think you can get through the grill but I don't remember exactly what is involved, hopefully someone else can chime in who has done it more recently or maybe just just go for it!
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Old 11-13-2023, 03:56 PM
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Couple of weeks ago the hood wouldn't close. The latches didn't clasp. After several attempts and no success....I sprayed WD-40 on the springs and presto.
Of course this is not helpful to you...I'll suggest investigating, and inspecting and you'll come up with something.
Or just go into your neighborhood shop and ask.
I try to keep the lines and connections lubed....use dry lube...it's at Walmart
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Old 11-13-2023, 05:35 PM
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My guess is the cable between the two latches is still intact... However, on a RHD drive car (OP is in UK) the hood lever is near the right front door ...In the US (LHD) it is near the left door

In any case, you need to manually move the the single latch that will open both front latches thru the grill. See Nathan's DIY explanation below.


Instead of a screwdriver, I use an L-shaped Allen wrench with the long end inserted into a small socket mounted on a socket driver. This gives me a powerful right angle pushing tool.
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