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How do you open the hood of '95 Chevy truck that has a broken hood release?
December 01, 2009 9:16PM
if the hood release is broken at the part inside the cab, to release it, you can grab the cable with a pliers and pull it...now if it is broken up at the hood, id say your screwed.
Most likely the hood still works but will not release. They say this is common with Chevy pickups. To test this wedge a screwdriver or something of that width where the hood opens in the front near the center. This is to put pressure on the latch. There is a good chance that it will open.
Tap the hood with your fist near the latch mechanism. After you get it open, spray it with WD40 or something to keep it from sticking again.
If you are really stuck get three small blocks of wood cut at 45 degrees or less from a 2x4. Carefully wedge the blocks between the hood and the grill. You then will have access to the two 13mm bolts holding the latch. If you are fortunate enough to have on hand a slim universal joint for the 13mm socket and extension, it will be required.
Remove the bolts and the hood will lift. Then free it from the latch to clean and repair.
Refit back into its original location.