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Old 01-14-2007, 01:44 PM   #1
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Default Hood stuck shut

My hood won't open! My best guess is that one of the hood release cables has snapped.

Any idea how to open the passenger side latch without the cable? Is there access through the fender well?
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Old 01-14-2007, 02:06 PM   #2
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Yes. I had this problem with my 88. I put the front up on jackstands and removed both wheels. There is a plastic cover held on by 4 bolts in the wheel well. Remove the covers and you have access to the engine compartment. I heated up an old screwdriver and bent it into a hook. I reached up inside and released the hoodlatch on both sides. Then I changed the cable.
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Old 01-14-2007, 02:22 PM   #3
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first, hold the release handle in the ''open'' position and drive around the block holding it that way...if that doesn't work, follow kool88's directions...if driving it works, grease the latches, especially the ''upper'' side out the pointed thing that screws into the hood, and say a prayer of thanks.
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Old 01-14-2007, 08:19 PM   #4
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Also another quick thing to try is to have someone push down on the passenger side of the hood up by the corner near the windshield and you push down on the drivers side in the same place and have the door open and pull the handle and see if that does anything. Sometimes ive found that previous owners will raise the little rubber stoppers to stop squeaks and such but in doing so it makes the hood not want to release.
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Old 01-14-2007, 10:36 PM   #5
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Thanks. I've had no luck driving around pulling the handle, but I did get this PM that seems worth considering:

"Theres a tool you can order it out of midamerica. Its like 40 dollars. You push it under and it pops open the hood."

Has anyone else bought one of these and had good luck with it?
What is the url of the "MidAmerica" parts dealer?

I have to travel for a week, but if I can't find this tool by then I'll try the fenderwell access.

Thanks for your help. This forum is great!

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Old 01-14-2007, 11:19 PM   #6
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oops, double posted

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Old 01-14-2007, 11:21 PM   #7
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the tool was a brainstorm of Mr. Killibrew...i bought one from him at carlisle for $25...others sell copies...it works...only problem is you either need to use it often to remember ''the moves'', or have another vette with the hood open so that you can see where to poke and twist.
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Old 01-14-2007, 11:29 PM   #8
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Old 01-14-2007, 11:38 PM   #9
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You've been given good advice, and I hope I can offer something.

The former owner of my car installed zip ties on the hood releases so if the hood cable crapped out, you could get access to them with nothing more than pliers. I'd install some of them once you get your new cable installed.

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Old 01-15-2007, 09:00 AM   #10
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Thanks. I've had no luck driving around pulling the handle, but I did get this PM that seems worth considering:

"Theres a tool you can order it out of midamerica. Its like 40 dollars. You push it under and it pops open the hood."

Has anyone else bought one of these and had good luck with it?
What is the url of the "MidAmerica" parts dealer?

I have to travel for a week, but if I can't find this tool by then I'll try the fenderwell access.

Thanks for your help. This forum is great!
Some have had good results from this tool and others can't get it to work. It's a bent rod that you stick into the engine compartment through the door jam. You pry up on the hood release. Be careful when applying pressure on the corners of the hood, it can crack.

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Old 01-15-2007, 09:53 AM   #11
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I happen to have a dent removal tool that looks just like the tool in the photo. Can someone show me a picture of the pressure point I'm going to try to reach on the passenger side?
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Old 01-15-2007, 11:22 AM   #12
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Can someone show me a picture of the pressure point
I'm going to try to reach on the passenger side?
It isn't the passenger side, but a photo here may be helpful

- Hood Release Cable: Fix it before it fixes you.

I'd be interested in seeing a photo of the dent tool and hearing
more about where it came from.

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Old 01-15-2007, 12:16 PM   #13
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Thanks. I've had no luck driving around pulling the handle, but I did get this PM that seems worth considering:

"Theres a tool you can order it out of midamerica. Its like 40 dollars. You push it under and it pops open the hood."

Has anyone else bought one of these and had good luck with it?
What is the url of the "MidAmerica" parts dealer?

I have to travel for a week, but if I can't find this tool by then I'll try the fenderwell access.

Thanks for your help. This forum is great!
Your welcome, here's the tool. http://www.madvet.com/shop?frame=3.948

and the instructions
http://content.madirect.com/pdf/609637.pdf

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Old 01-16-2007, 06:42 AM   #14
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http://www.corvetteactioncenter.com/...n.php?qstId=87

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Old 04-01-2007, 08:51 PM   #15
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Out of time and patience. Taking this to the GM dealer in Winchester, VA tomorrow and hope not to get ripped off.

A good friend manages the service department at a Nashville Chevy dealership, and I hope these guys are as good as he is.
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Old 04-02-2007, 08:01 AM   #16
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Out of time and patience. Taking this to the GM dealer in Winchester, VA tomorrow and hope not to get ripped off.

A good friend manages the service department at a Nashville Chevy dealership, and I hope these guys are as good as he is.
None of the above suggestions worked for you since January 14th?

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Old 04-03-2007, 12:00 AM   #17
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None of the above suggestions worked for you since January 14th?
I'm sure it was all good advice, but I am only home for a matter of hours each weekend. After spending time with my kids I sneak out an drive my Porsche for an hour or so, which has left me only a few minutes to try getting the vette hood open each weekend.

I 'made' the tool suggested, using a dent king tool I had, but never could get enough leverage on the passenger latch. Time is money, so I've had to opt to pay GM techs for their time on this issue.

Thanks very much, all. I'll surely need your help again sometime after the hood opens.
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Old 04-03-2007, 01:40 AM   #18
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For the future - Corvette Fever TechTip: tie 3' nylon
twine to each release (what the cable moves) and
tuck it within reach near wipers for opening if new
cable ever breaks again. If the twine is white, blacken
it with shoe polish so it's not obvious to vandals.
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Old 04-03-2007, 03:21 AM   #19
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Yes. I had this problem with my 88. I put the front up on jackstands and removed both wheels. There is a plastic cover held on by 4 bolts in the wheel well. Remove the covers and you have access to the engine compartment. I heated up an old screwdriver and bent it into a hook. I reached up inside and released the hoodlatch on both sides. Then I changed the cable.
This is pretty much the surefire way to get the hood open when the cable snaps. Laughac did you try this method?
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Old 04-03-2007, 10:40 PM   #20
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This is pretty much the surefire way to get the hood open when the cable snaps. Laughac did you try this method?
I have never lifted the car since hearing it could crack yjr roof. When it gets warmer I'll find more time.

Thanks!
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