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1/27/2004
19:04:25

Subject: Can't get hood latch to open!!
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I closed my hood today and heard a sound that didn't sound right, but I have no idea what it could have been. I had nothing in the way because I wasn't even using any tools. I think the latch locked wrong or something because the latch won't even budge if I try to open the hood. It's like it's stuck or something. Does anyone know of a way to open it? Any help would be really appreciated.



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1/27/2004
19:14:45

RE: Can't get hood latch to open!!
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Spray some Windex on it



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1/28/2004
16:22:53

RE: Can't get hood latch to open!!
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this happened to mine when it was new. you can pull on the release lever under the dash and it just flops around. it doesn't release the mechanism under the hood. you can tell if you pull hard you'll just break the lever.

you can use a long flat blade screwdriver to open it.

i'll try to describe it as best i can. follow the latch cable behind the grille to the latch mechanism. insert the screwdriver through the grill from the driver's side. you should be able to see the latching guide through the grill. you need to get the latch to rotate from the top center of the grill towards the passenger side. it rotates down to release i believe. (i'll re-check this at home tonight and send an update in the morning.) use the screwdriver blade to force the latch mechanism to rotate and it should release the hood latch.



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1/29/2004
11:56:05

RE: Can't get hood latch to open!!
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i re-invented the process again last night. i'll try to describe it as best i can. bear with me. this is difficult to describe.

you need a long flat-head screwdriver. the blade of the screwdriver needs to be skinny enough to fit in a hole in the latch housing. shine a flashlight through the grill at the housing. you need to access it from the driver's side in the top opening in the grille.

follow the latch cable across the radiator support to the latch mechanism. the plastic cable sheathing stops at the latch housing. you'll see an opening in the housing where the cable sheathing ends. in the opening you'll see a metal receiver which accepts the end of the cable. a steel wire slides into a slot in the receiver. the steel wire has a "barrel" at the end of it. the receiver grips this barrel. the receiver looks like a pair of fangs pointing towards the front of the truck.

what you need to do is slide the end of the screwdriver into the opening in the housing and get it between the end of the fangs and the front of the housing. then you need to pivot the screwdriver so that the fangs move towards the driver's side. this will release the mechanism and allow you to open the hood. you can pivot the screwdriver blade on the latch housing so that you can get leverage on the fangs to release the latch.

if this description helps i'll be the most amazed.



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10/11/2012
11:56:32

RE: Can't get hood latch to open!!
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Thanks!! Best solution on the internet. No guess work very straight forward directions.

Thanks again!!

Kevin



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8/28/2014
19:47:40

RE: Can't get hood latch to open!!
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Your explanation may have seemed complicated and
unclear, but once I looked more closely at the
latch, I could see exactly what you mean. I worked
on it for a while on my own, then decided to look up
a solution. After reading your post, I opened the
latch on the first try. Even closed and re-opened it
a few times to make sure it wasn't a fluke. Thanks a
bunch!



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