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How do you open a hood with a broken latch cable on a 1997 Dodge Intrepid?

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2015-07-15 21:26:33
2015-07-15 21:26:33

i have a 1994 pnotiac sunbird that the handle broke off on the cable under the dash to open the hood. you can open the hood with a little patience and a fairly long screwdriver by releasing the latch under the hood. after this, on my sunbird, i just pulled the cable all the way out under the hood, tied it under the front of the car, and just pull it to release the switch. (thats only because i am too cheap and lazy to spend the money and time on a cable and install it.)

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You can try unscrewing the grille and getting your hand or tools up to the latch.

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The latch is broken, not the cable. You can still get to the cable where it is attached to the latch in the foot-well of the car. Grab the cable with a small vice-grip (or similar) and pull. Note that it is very unlikely the cable will break -the latch typically breaks before the cable since the latch is made from plastic and the cable from steel wire.

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I had this problem on a Chevy; the cable was broken and had to be replaced. Before I replaced it, I was able to crawl under the car and, using a screwdriver against the cable (near the hood latch), pushing against the cable with the screwdriver, the latch released.


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