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'99 front hood release complication


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I searched this topic and found lots of useful information but my situation is a bit more complicated. The front hood will not open. It feels like the release cable might have become detached from the door sill lever. I pulled on the release cable in the front wheel well and although I was able to move it a couple of inches, the hood still would not open. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I searched this topic and found lots of useful information but my situation is a bit more complicated. The front hood will not open. It feels like the release cable might have become detached from the door sill lever. I pulled on the release cable in the front wheel well and although I was able to move it a couple of inches, the hood still would not open. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

With a helper, you might want to try pulling on the wire while the helper applies some downward force on the badge to relieve some the pressure on the latch.

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I searched this topic and found lots of useful information but my situation is a bit more complicated. The front hood will not open. It feels like the release cable might have become detached from the door sill lever. I pulled on the release cable in the front wheel well and although I was able to move it a couple of inches, the hood still would not open. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

With a helper, you might want to try pulling on the wire while the helper applies some downward force on the badge to relieve some the pressure on the latch.

Thanks so much for your suggestion. I tried it and unfortunately, it didn't work. Any other possible solutions?

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Are you aware of the front hood release cable located inside the fuel filler door on the right side fender? It is located on the left side just behind door latch. It sometimes recedes to point where it is not readily visible. It the end of a release cable with a heavy plastic type coating to facilitate grabbing hold of it. When you pull it out about an inch you may not hear the hood release click, but that doesn't mean it hasn't released. Try to get your finger tips under the hood so you can release that safety latch release. The filler door cable was on models through 2000 MY.

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Are you aware of the front hood release cable located inside the fuel filler door on the right side fender? It is located on the left side just behind door latch. It sometimes recedes to point where it is not readily visible. It the end of a release cable with a heavy plastic type coating to facilitate grabbing hold of it. When you pull it out about an inch you may not hear the hood release click, but that doesn't mean it hasn't released. Try to get your finger tips under the hood so you can release that safety latch release. The filler door cable was on models through 2000 MY.

Thanks for your suggestion but the release cable you refer to doesn't exist on my car. I'm thinking about removing the part of the driver's door saddle that houses the release levers for the front hood and rear trunk. Perhaps I could pull the cable from there. Anyone have any experience with that approach?

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Are you aware of the front hood release cable located inside the fuel filler door on the right side fender? It is located on the left side just behind door latch. It sometimes recedes to point where it is not readily visible. It the end of a release cable with a heavy plastic type coating to facilitate grabbing hold of it. When you pull it out about an inch you may not hear the hood release click, but that doesn't mean it hasn't released. Try to get your finger tips under the hood so you can release that safety latch release. The filler door cable was on models through 2000 MY.

Thanks for your suggestion but the release cable you refer to doesn't exist on my car. I'm thinking about removing the part of the driver's door saddle that houses the release levers for the front hood and rear trunk. Perhaps I could pull the cable from there. Anyone have any experience with that approach?

hmm...not sure what to try next. getting desperate with this suggestion - there are four "lids" - at least that is what the PET calls them, on the floor of the front tub. Two are maybe 4 inches in diameter and two are half that. I wonder if those knock out? if so, I'm not sure what to do, though. I'm not sure you could reach the mechanism.

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Are you aware of the front hood release cable located inside the fuel filler door on the right side fender? It is located on the left side just behind door latch. It sometimes recedes to point where it is not readily visible. It the end of a release cable with a heavy plastic type coating to facilitate grabbing hold of it. When you pull it out about an inch you may not hear the hood release click, but that doesn't mean it hasn't released. Try to get your finger tips under the hood so you can release that safety latch release. The filler door cable was on models through 2000 MY.

Thanks for your suggestion but the release cable you refer to doesn't exist on my car. I'm thinking about removing the part of the driver's door saddle that houses the release levers for the front hood and rear trunk. Perhaps I could pull the cable from there. Anyone have any experience with that approach?

hmm...not sure what to try next. getting desperate with this suggestion - there are four "lids" - at least that is what the PET calls them, on the floor of the front tub. Two are maybe 4 inches in diameter and two are half that. I wonder if those knock out? if so, I'm not sure what to do, though. I'm not sure you could reach the mechanism.

Before I try your "desperate" measure I'm going to keep researching. There's got to be a way to do this...

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The trunk release cables "Bowden cables" can be accessed once the cover you mentioned has been removed. The BENTLEY manual says to first disconnect battery, but you can't get to battery. I would remove any fuses related to front seat, such as seat warmer, etc... Then remove driver's seat, loosen allen bolts (which may have small caps), pry cover upwards, remove plastic cover, and there are the the cables.

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Well, it's open! I ended up going to my local independent shop and $204.00 later, they got it done. They went in through the right fender well and somehow managed to get it done. It turns out that the problem was a spring that was completely stretched out and useless. I had them remove the latch mechanism and I hope to find a used, inexpensive one that I can install myself. Thank you for all your suggestions and advice!

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Well, it's open! I ended up going to my local independent shop and $204.00 later, they got it done. They went in through the right fender well and somehow managed to get it done. It turns out that the problem was a spring that was completely stretched out and useless. I had them remove the latch mechanism and I hope to find a used, inexpensive one that I can install myself. Thank you for all your suggestions and advice!

204 seems like a bargain to me :D

I'm intrigued - I'm gonna take a look on mine and see if I can figure out how they did it.

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