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Put a wood wedge between the hood & grille piece to make a small opening to get at the latch mechanism (use wood to not mar the paint). Using a 13MM socket, 3/8 drive universal on an 8" min. length extension, put the socket thru the wedged opening to the (2) bolts that hold the mechanism. Remove the bolts, release the second safety under hood latch & the hood will open. Release the cable (from under the hood release) & you're ready to re-assemble. If the cable is completely broken, replace or put a "pull piece" from the release clip thru to outside of the grill...as a make-shift if need be. If not broken, read on...

Insure the under dash pull mechanism end piece, is still thru the clip on the release mechanism. Insure the main latching mechanism & the second safety under hood latch are well lubricated with a thick oil (more than "3-in-1" oil). Re-bolt the latching mechanism with the height adjustment based on the circular washer marks, made by the original indentations of the under bolt head washers & tighten. Now this is the important part…adjust up, the black plastic circular hood closing stops, (one to the far right & left of center) at least 1 ½ to 2 revolutions. This puts "lifting" pressure on the hood to "pop" from the latch when the under dash handle is pulled. And Walla, it's done!

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Q: How do you open hood on 1992 Chevy van when hood latch cable is broken?
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