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Removing the headlights and healight mounting brackets is really complicated and dificult and messy. DON'T DO IT. Read the EASY, simple way to do it below, take out the Torx screws in the crack between the hood and the front.

=== DO NOT! remove the headlights and headlight mounting brackets = = = =

AnswerTo open the hood, you need to remove the plastic/fiberglass front end piece. It is much easier than it sounds. You do not need to remove the grill or the latch bolts. Unscrew the torx bolts that are accessible in the crack that runs along the front of the hood. The crack is narrow so you need to have a Toryx Key set (you can buy one at Sears for $4.50)

I think there are two bolts on each side, use the long narrow T30, and the middle bolt is T27, you also need to remove the plastic around each headlamp (leave the lamp in) and remove the nuts from the two bolts on each side, then pull the front piece off and the hood latch setup is all exposed Companion Folding Torx Key SetSears item# 00930527000 Mfr. model# 30527

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I had a similar problem with my 2000 Cherokee Sport...

By removing the headlights and headlight mounting brackets, you can access the mounting bolts for the hood catches. One of the bolts was to the top right of the hole on the vertical panel and the other was above and to the right of the hole on the horizontal panel. Using a combination of sockets, extensions, and knuckles, the bolts can be removed. Once the catches are unmounted, the hood will open. (You can then manually release the catches and reinstall them).

Good Luck!

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I have a Jeep Cherokee Sport that the cable pull locked up. I tried everything to get the hood open. Nothing worked. I read the solution above, about removing the headlights and getting to the latch bolts, and it worked great.

Thank you for having this info on the web.

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My 1998 cable froze (this is the 2nd cable - last one was replaced a few years ago).

The solution directly above worked well. Removing and replacing the head light assemblies is no big deal. I do not have the specialized torx required to get between the hood and the front cowling. Maybe this is the preferred solution at a dealership where they can compare diagrams and other Cherokee's. However, if you're in the garage with a good set of Metric sockets (13 mm) & flex joint sockets, I think the bracket removal process is the way to go.

What was Jeep thinking???? This is a major hassle!

Jimmy B

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Removing the headlights and healight mounting brackets is really complicated and dificult and messy. DON'T DO IT. Read the EASY, simple way to do it above, take out the Torx screws in the crack between the hood and the front.

=== DO NOT! remove the headlights and headlight mounting brackets = = = =

FORGOT ALL WHAT READ ABOUT THIS,....1 TOOL IS NEEDED,.....I used my large Mac pry bar 2 1/2' long,..the 1 that looks like a large screw driver,...with jeep on the ground you can lay on the ground ,..come in at an angle to get the pry up between the grill and ac core into the bottom of the latch assembly,remember the cable pulls toward to driverside simply push up genlty on the passenger side, POP goes the hood,..I didn't even use a flashlight,... this would work on a bunch of different cars,...as long as there is access to to bottom of the latch

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