And realize that it will be hard to push on it enough to open it. It sits right behind a cylinder that I believe houses the spring which pops up the hood when the latch is released. You will probably need a flashlight to see what you are doing. Once this is done, just pull the latch with your finger and the hood will pop. Fairly simple replacement, but gets a bit tricky at the latch end, due to tight quarters. I keep that hanger with the hook on one end in my trunk now, just in case. Posted on Jul 12, 2010 lube the latch mechanism and with a screw driver try to lock the latch.
You can angle a large screwdriver or pry bar through the slats from the drivers side towards the passenger side and push the latching hook back far enough to release. I had the cable break on my 16v. Though, the next day the repo man came and took it away. If it is inside, you're in luck; grab the end of the cable with a pair of vice grips and pull to open. Please read the full description carefully to determine if this video is applicable to your year and model and contains the information you are looking for.
My hood latch was stubborn and the screwdriver method did not work so this is an alternative. Try whacking it some more there, too, while latch is being pulled. But make sure you have a replacement part for it first so you don't have to go through the whole thing again. I hope this helps you get in. The problem is two fold: 1. I got my replacement cable from FastLane for a song also picked up a new pull handle too.
I figured I would damage the grill insert but it didn't. I can't speak for your model, but on the 123's you don't need to bust apart anything, even with the black plastic housing in place. I ran into this problem recently with my W123 and found the a stiff coat hanger fashioned into a hook at one end can be inserted between two of the upper grill slats on the left driver's side of the car. When you do get it open, put a few drops of oil on the latch mechanism, and see if any adjustments can be made to open it easier either on the hood itself, or the latch mechanism. Next, he reattached the latch, and then attached a wire to the latch so that it can be pulled to work the mechanism without the old cable at all, though at the expense of security, because now it can be opened from outside the vehicle, but it's difficult to find unless you know what you're looking for. I busted out the grille with a big adjustable wrench, and then used a large screwdriver to bust apart the black plastic housing covering the latch mechanism.
No specific step-by-step instructions are given here for each model. The lever would have to move towards the driver's side to pop the latch. Pulling on this tongue will release the hood When you open the hood the angle is initially restricted to about 45 degrees which is fine for minor jobs. The video s will show up under My Video Manuals. The object then is to hook it around the same mechanism that the cable is pulling on.
Most times when you cant get rear hatch to open normally is because cable from outside release handle to latch broke. Then the whole latch assembly came loose with the hood. If you need extra room, the left hand hinge has a latch pin which can be swung inwards to allow the hood to move up to about 50 degrees. My stop diaphragm no longer works, so without being able to get under the hood to hit the stop lever, I have no way to stop the engine other than stalling it out I have a 5spd manual So, any advice on how to get the hood open would be appreciated, and any advice on how to best stop the engine without breaking things would be great too. Woody Oct 19, 2014 is it broken off inside the truck you can sometimes use a visegrip and grab on to the end and pull it till it opens the hood if not you can open the hood outside under the bumper look up to the latch and with a long screw driver flat try and push or pry the latch till the spring moves over you need patience for this Jun 17, 2014 It is more likely the cable that runs from the handle inside is broken, either on the handle end or where it connects to the release under the hood.
One to pull the cable release and the other to slap the hood with their hand and tell it to cooperate. There was no tension on the lever and it went all the way back without popping the hood. Tape the new cable to the old one end to end and use the old one to pull the new one in to place. Don't have any idea, short of something involving breaking things might cost a grille insert. I busted out the grille with a big adjustable wrench, and then used a large screwdriver to bust apart the black plastic housing covering the latch mechanism.
I took a look at the release lever in the footwell and pulled on the cable manually--there was no resistance and the cable pulled out easily, leading me to believe it is either broken somewhere or is no longer connected to the other end of the release mechanism at the front of the car. If your cable is binding and you want to delay the repair, you may want to pre-emptively rig some sort of coat-hanger based hook - or at least familiarize yourself with where the screwdriver has to fit when you have the luxury of an open hood. After you get it open, thoroughly clean and lubricate the latch mechanism. I can't pop the hood 2. Aug 05, 2013 close hood and lift up on hood to see if it stays closed.
If your cable breaks up near the latch hood like mine, your only real option is to bust out the grille. If the hood does not open, pull the triangle shaped hood release and pull it forward some more. Pretty straightforward all in all. To replace the cable, start from the front and work your way back. Thanks Ron Take a good look at the pull handle.