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Old 06-14-2005, 00:11   #1 (permalink)
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Hood Latch - What's the trick

I have a 96 Explorer 4door V8. What is the trick to open the hood
with a broken hood latch cable?



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Old 06-14-2005, 00:11   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Hood Latch - What's the trick

On Thu, 2 Jun 2005 10:19:54 -0500, "To Arms!!"
<toarms_removespam@yahoo.com> wrote:

>I have a 96 Explorer 4door V8. What is the trick to open the hood
>with a broken hood latch cable?


Broken or frozen? My 00 froze up after just a couple of years. I had
someone pull the lever inside while I pulled up on the hood. Took a little
effort, but it opened. I then lubricated the $hit out of the mechanism and
it worked fine for another 2 years until I traded it.

As for a broken cable, you should be able to slide a large screwdriver or
rod in the grille and up to where the cable pulls. You can manually push
back on the lever while someone tries to lift the hood. It's tricky and
hard to explain, but if you look in there with a flashlight, you should be
able to see it.

It's next to impossible to get it from underneath.
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Old 06-14-2005, 00:12   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Hood Latch - What's the trick

If the cable is actually broken, then I agree with the screwdriver
idea. I had a cable that was very close to breaking, and I could pull
the handle, and then grab hold of the cable uner the dash and give a
twist to pop the hood. I replaced it before I had to find out how hard
it would be to open with a broken cable. It looks like it would take
some force to get it with the screwdriver through the grill.

-Joe

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