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Username Post: trouble with hood release        (Topic#261006)
rls8836 
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04-10-11 06:52 PM - Post#2074850    

Has anyone had a problem with their hood release on their 1995 chevy truck? Mine is getting to where it won't release. It seems as if the cable is stretched. I do not see anyway to adjust the cable to be tighter. Any suggestions?

 
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04-10-11 07:04 PM - Post#2074860    
    In response to rls8836

For mine, I had sticking problems about 6 years ago when I bought it. Cleaned the latch with penetraing oil, then sprayed some down the cable. Haven't had any problems since.

The spring action in the main latch should be all you need to lift the hood to the safety latch stop. Take a phillips screwdriver and lay across the latch. By pressing down on it, you should easily cock the latch closed. Now, with the hood open, have an assistant pull the release so you can watch it open a few times. Unless there's something bent, a little lubrication should fix the problem.

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rls8836 
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04-10-11 07:25 PM - Post#2074884    
    In response to CowboyTrukr

Ok will try what you said I was thinking that the cable has stetched. I can get the wife to pull the release and it still won't come up. If I can get it up I then will lubricate it well.

 
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04-10-11 07:25 PM - Post#2074885    
    In response to CowboyTrukr

Agreed - typically it's just the latch needs lubricating. You also have to pay attention to where you're lubing it. Just indiscriminately spraying it with lube -might- get it into the right place, but if you look closely while you "work" the latch pawl you'll see where the wear areas are. I use white lithium grease with the straw attached and shoot it inside the latch, shielding my eyes while doing so because it can easily spray back out.

To get it open in order to lube it, you'll need to do the "hood whack" move. Helps if you have someone else pull the release while you GENTLY thump the hood in the area of the latch. If you go nuts you'll dent the hood and it's difficult to repair this area.

If you still can't get it open, you can bend up a coathanger to manually pull the latch by reaching through the grille. I've made a video of doing this that shows it close-up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_6GgIImXPM

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daustin 
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04-11-11 09:01 AM - Post#2075072    
    In response to someotherguy

On my '93 GMC the cable stretched somewhat and made it hard to open. A litle ghetto but I took a wire-tie, and put it between the latch portion and the cable end, thus taking up about 1/8" or so of slack. It's been there for 5 years and still works. lol
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Boog 
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04-11-11 06:23 PM - Post#2075306    
    In response to daustin

I've found the sticking hood issue is more a matter of hood and latch adjustment than a cable & latch problem. If the latch is off too far to one side the hood will bind and you have to bump it to make it pop up. Also the rubber bumpers on the sides where the hood sits next to the fenders, hit em with some white lube. Centering the hood latch to the hood will do more than anything for ya. Loosen the latch bolts just enough to allow the latch to slide one way and move it 1/16" tighten and test close it. Repeat as necessary. With some practice you'll have it popping up right smartly in short order.
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someotherguy 
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04-11-11 06:30 PM - Post#2075310    
    In response to Boog

You're 100% correct that the latch needs to be adjusted correctly and the hood shutting properly, but don't overlook that a lot of people simply don't ever lube the latch - it needs periodic lubing in order to stay reliable.

Richard
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rls8836 
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04-11-11 07:14 PM - Post#2075343    
    In response to someotherguy

I watched your you-tube video that is a lot of help will try that tommorrow and then lube it good thanks for the video

 
rls8836 
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04-11-11 07:21 PM - Post#2075346    
    In response to Boog

Boog I bought this truck brand new and have only 82,000 miles on it. The hood has been a little contrary for the past 6-7 yrs. It's put together from the factory the way it is. I havent't messed with it. It's lined up the way they did it. Watched Someotherguys you-tube video now I beleive I can open it. Am going to lube it well and carefully, if that doesn't make it a lot better then I may try and move it a little.

 
someotherguy 
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04-11-11 07:41 PM - Post#2075369    
    In response to rls8836

No problem. I made that video a while back for a member that had a broken cable! He was ready to bust up the grille...hated to even think of that because an OEM replacement grille is really expensive, and the aftermarket ones are junk.

Richard
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