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
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).
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.
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!
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
If it is just the inside handle broken off you can pull the cable with a pair of pliers. If it is in the middle, you should be able to reach up from underneath and cut the cable and then pull the inside cable. If the latch end has pulled off, you may be able to trip the latch from underneath, or take the grill out and unbolt the latch.
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.
Depends on where it broke. Inside, you can get to the cable and pull the end with pliers. Half way, you should be able to reach the cable on the front of the radiator support, cut it and pull the cable. If the end at the latch broke, can you get the grill off and then take the latch loose or possible reach through with an extention and take the bolt out holding the latch.
The hood is openned by a cable that links the handle in the car the hood latch. If the cable is broken or detached then the hood will not open. The cable has two parts, an outer covering and the actual cable that pulls on the hood latch when the inside handle is pulled, you need to check the inside handle to see if the cable is still attached to the handle, also you need to check the hood latch to see if that end is still attached to the hood latch. If either is disconnected the you will need to get appropriate hardware(nuts,bolts etc) to attach it back but if the cable is broken it has to be replaced complete. This you might or might not be able to do depending on you skill and proficiency with tools.
Climb into the rear storage area from the back seat and using a screw driver remove the door skin from the hatch. This will give you access to the linkages and latch mechanisms from the inside. You can then put your hand down to the latch inside the door and by pulling on the metal bar linking the latch to the handle you can open the door.
If the hood release cable on your 1989 Chevy Celebrity is broken at the inside pull handle you can simply pull the cable out a bit, then cut off the outer housing leaving the center cable. You can pull on that bit of cable and unlatch the hood. If the cable is broken at the actual hood latch you could try: The grill is held on with six screws, remove them and take the grill out. Then use a hook and reach in between the top of the radiator support bracket and the bottom of the latch mechanism and catch the lever with the hook. Pull the lever and release the latch. This may take multiple tries to get it right. Of course you want to change the cable as soon as possible, these methods become real nuisances quickly.
If the cable release is broken for the hood on a 2002 Kia Spectra, a person could crawl under the car and see if they can locate the broken part of the cable. If it is still attached to the hood, they could pull it to trip the hood latch. Otherwise, the car will have to be put on a hoist, and a long pole used to trip the hood latch.
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