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Username Post: Hood latch won't release?        (Topic#254654)
Bchbound 
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12-21-10 10:51 AM - Post#2021046    

Hi,
I am unable to open the hood on my 99 Tahoe. The release handle under the dash seems to be working as it should and the cable is still attached to the handle and has tension on it.

Is there another option to get the hood open without damaging anything?

Thanks in advance,
Chris
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motorman 
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12-21-10 12:05 PM - Post#2021067    
    In response to Bchbound

  • Bchbound Said:
Hi,
I am unable to open the hood on my 99 Tahoe. The release handle under the dash seems to be working as it should and the cable is still attached to the handle and has tension on it.

Is there another option to get the hood open without damaging anything?

Thanks in advance,
Chris


have someone push down on the front of the hood while you pull the cable. this will take the tension off of the latch
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rodram 
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12-21-10 05:51 PM - Post#2021186    
    In response to motorman

I agree with motorman above ... and then when you do get it open you should clean and lubricate the release mechanism ... mine does this from time to time ...


 
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12-21-10 06:05 PM - Post#2021195    
    In response to rodram

Just be careful. A lot of people beat on the hood more and more trying to make the latch release, and you end up denting the hood in an area that is difficult to repair...and highly visible.

Just be sure when you get it open that you lube the latch effectively - just spraying lube in there won't reach the right spot. Look how the pawl in there moves and what it rubs against, gently spread it with a small screwdriver, and spray the lube inside between the latch body and the pawl. Wear eye protection because it will shoot back out at you.

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Bchbound 
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12-22-10 07:46 AM - Post#2021369    
    In response to someotherguy

Thanks for the input. I hit the mechanism with WD-40 about 2 months ago but it did not hold up. Is there a better spray lube I should use.

Thanks again,
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brad6841 
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12-22-10 07:50 AM - Post#2021373    
    In response to Bchbound

White lithium grease or silicone spray....the stuff they recommend for the door hinges. Just clean off the wd40 first or it could degrade the other stuff.
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TwentyBucks 
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12-22-10 12:39 PM - Post#2021469    
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  • someotherguy Said:
Just be careful. A lot of people beat on the hood more and more trying to make the latch release, and you end up denting the hood in an area that is difficult to repair...and highly visible.





Tell me about it. I came home one day and my 98 1500 had dents all over the front of the hood. It seems that my son needed a jump start and couldn't get the hood open so what does he do? He takes out a rubber mallet and beats on the front of the hood until it opened kids!
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mcyphert 
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12-22-10 02:31 PM - Post#2021516    
    In response to TwentyBucks

It might not be a bad idea to squirt some lubricant into the end of the cable, too. I have to do that from time to time to keep it working smoothly.
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beckya99 
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12-22-10 03:17 PM - Post#2021543    
    In response to motorman

Mine will stick on a regular basis. One day I was particularly frustrated and slammed my car door. The hood popped up!

Now, if it doesn't pop up immediately I just shut my door **moderately** hard and it pops up everytime.

Silly...I know....but it works.

hope this helps.

b

 
69_BOWTIE 
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12-26-10 07:52 AM - Post#2022749    
    In response to beckya99

Try the lube and then on each front corner turn the rubber bumper counter clockwise a 1/4 turn.
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Edited by 69_BOWTIE on 12-26-10 07:53 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Bchbound 
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12-26-10 08:36 AM - Post#2022764    
    In response to 69_BOWTIE

Ok Thanks
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Bchbound 
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01-10-11 11:43 AM - Post#2029912    
    In response to Bchbound

Well pushing down on the hood while someone else pulled the release in the truck did not work.

There must be a way to trip the latch either through the grill or from under the truck.

Any more tips? Any body guys here?

Wish me luck. It is cold and the truck needs washer fluid.
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wagonman100 
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01-11-11 04:39 AM - Post#2030238    
    In response to Bchbound

I am a bodyman and the suggestions you've gotten are good ones. The only other thing to try is to vary the amount of pressure on the front of the hood while pulling on the latch release. If you can get a hold of the end of the hood, you mayneed to push down and pull up while the release handle is being held. You may even want to try to vary the position of the release handle at the same time. The combo of the hood being jiggled and the release handle being moved will sometimes hit a sweet spot and release the hood. The mechanism is very simple, so if the pawl is being pulled away from the latch, the hood should release. The only way they usually don't release is from damage or from the cable breaking. Corrosion will make them stick and may just require some extra effort to get them to pop. The last resort is tr get a pry bar between the hood and core support and apply upwards pressure, but that may keep it from releasing from the pressure and you run the risk of damaging the hood and grille. You can try to reach up between the bumper and grille and unbolt the latch, but that would probably be extremely difficult. I have only done it on wrecked trucks where the grille was able to be broken and removed for access to the latch bolts.
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01-11-11 09:30 AM - Post#2030333    
    In response to wagonman100

Thanks
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