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Old May 4th, 2010, 17:38
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Broken Hood Latch - How to fix or get hood open??

I was just about to start some attempts at getting a dead cylinder fixed on my 92 XJ and for the first time ever I couldn't get my hood latch open (!!). Thing's been sitting too long maybe? But anyway- the release pulled out (more easily than usual) with no 'kunk' sound and the hood stayed shut. I'm really not sure what's up - but attempts to pry the thing open with a cloth covered screwdriver while holding the hood release 'out' completely failed. Not sure what went wrong - but has anybody here dealt with this before?? I tried searches for hood latch and hood and latch and came up with nothing...
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Old May 4th, 2010, 17:57
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Re: Broken Hood Latch - How to fix or get hood open??

You will probably have to remove the grill to get to the hardware.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 18:08
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Re: Broken Hood Latch - How to fix or get hood open??

make sure the hood release cable is still together by hood release puller or button which ever u have cuz mines did the same exact thing and when i look the pull for the hood release cables were broken so i had to take vise grips to the cable to pop the hood
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Old May 4th, 2010, 18:17
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Re: Broken Hood Latch - How to fix or get hood open??

Scroll down to bottom of this page for similar threads.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 18:21
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Re: Broken Hood Latch - How to fix or get hood open??

what threads...? or did you forget to post something?

Well - the handle came off a long time ago - so I've been using pliers for a few years. the thing still retracts - so I'm ASSUMING the cable's fine - but somehow the actual latch or mechanism with spring At the latch is cooked (?). Sounds to me like taking the grille off is going to be the way to go... (ack). There's a torx screw visible at the seam between the hood and fascia - but I don't have a long torx driver that's so thin it would fit through. I suspect that would be kind of hard to come by...
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Old May 4th, 2010, 18:27
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Re: Broken Hood Latch - How to fix or get hood open??

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what threads...? or did you forget to post something?
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Scroll ALL the way down to the bottom of the page. See the box with the title that says "Similar threads"? Choose one, click on the title and read. If it doesn't answer your question, hit the back button and pick a different one.

Another good source is here.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 18:54
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Re: Broken Hood Latch - How to fix or get hood open??

AH!!! Guess i didn't go far enough. How come I used the SEARCH function and came up with NOTHING... just random stuff about ANYTHING - but that one seems VERY on-topic..(?) Thanks!! Mush apreshiated... (actually being silly not drunk...)
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Old May 4th, 2010, 18:59
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Re: Broken Hood Latch - How to fix or get hood open??

The google search part of the link above works much better than the vBulletin search that the forum uses. Read up on the google search part and try it. You'll never click on the search button again....
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Old May 4th, 2010, 19:01
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Re: Broken Hood Latch - How to fix or get hood open??

yeah- I already gave up with THAT search... maybe it's searching by first letter...? perhaps number of letters...? ha. Anyway- I found THIS thread:
http://www.naxja.org/forum/showthrea...ght=hood+latch
and I'm pretty intrigued by the hood pin thing - though it's a bummer all the pics are missing...!
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Old May 4th, 2010, 19:02
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Re: Broken Hood Latch - How to fix or get hood open??

Seems the best solution is mentioned at the end of that thread. NO DISASSEMBLY required. Hit the connecting rod with vice grips and yank em over... done... going out to try right now!
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Old May 4th, 2010, 19:13
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Re: Broken Hood Latch - How to fix or get hood open??

once you're done, replace it with hood pins, so it doesnt happen again! it will happen at the worst times
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Old May 4th, 2010, 19:30
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Re: Broken Hood Latch - How to fix or get hood open??

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once you're done, replace it with hood pins, so it doesnt happen again! it will happen at the worst times
OR put in a new cable, keep the whole thing lubed, and it won't happen again.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 21:21
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Re: Broken Hood Latch - How to fix or get hood open??

... or that too... though I'm not even sure the cable's broken... but I don't suppose I'll know until I get the thing open!
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Old May 5th, 2010, 09:20
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Re: Broken Hood Latch - How to fix or get hood open??

This is a sticky over on CC. I think it'll cover your problem...and then some. MJ's and XJ's are the same in this instance.

http://www.comancheclub.com/forums/v...57 6c5505c15e
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Re: Broken Hood Latch - How to fix or get hood open??

Was just going to link that, Paradise. Haven't tried it yet because luckily I haven't had the need to yet.
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