I have a 1997 F150 Supercab. I tried to release the hood today using the handle in the cab, but the lock under the hood did not release. There does not seem to be much tension on the cable between the handle and the front of the hood. Any ideas? Before I can get it fixed, is there a secondary way of releasing the hood?
This happened to me on a 74 Oldsmobile and the mechanic reached up from the front grille area and pulled on the cable to get the hood to release. Then he hooked up a wire as a secondary release in case the cable broke again.
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had the same problem on my 91 f150. all i did was to reach through the grille to the lock assembly. feel the cable and follow it to the latch. reach in and pull it toward the drivers side. this is the latch that is hooked on to the cable. not the one that ties into the hood. it poped rt open. then i lubed it up and even with the slack i could still open it from the cab. hope this helps.
I just had the case where my hood would not close (latch) after opening it... I took the latch out, and found that a little spring had broken in half.. The spring pulls a bracket inside the latch mechanism into the default (closed) position. The cable end goes into this bracket, so when you pull on the release lever, the resistance you feel is that spring... I think a broken spring would result in the hood popping open, then not latching. Sounds like your cable has broken... I guess it depends on where the cable break is as to how to get the hood open... You need to either grab what is left of the cable to pull it, but if it broke off at the latch itself, you'll have to somehow move that bracket to the open position (screwdriver?)....
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