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Old 08-05-2009, 11:50 PM   #1
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How do open the hood on a C4 with a broken hood release cable?
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Old 08-06-2009, 12:17 AM   #2
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Ecklers Has a tool looks like dipstick with a hook on the end . From the picture you stick it in along the outside edge of the reciver , hook the cable pull and twist the rod to open the hood . Now the hard part is that you have to do this on both sides , Release one side lift that side out of latch then go to the other side and repete. If you have a cataloge look under "hood acc" . Good luck Andy
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:44 AM   #3
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The tool looks like this:Click the image to open in full size.
Get a set of emergency cables (a way to open hood if your cable brakes)
They looks like this:Click the image to open in full size.
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:54 AM   #4
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I couldn't get that tool to work for me, all I did was scratch up the inside of my hood. That tool works better if you have x-ray vision.

I finally took my wheel and inner wheel fender off, and reached up with a chisel and released the latch.
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Get a set of emergency cables (a way to open hood if your cable breaks)
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Old 08-06-2009, 10:29 AM   #6
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if you need to open it and you can't,well,i'be been there,you have to have a skinny arm.-
Usually one side cable breaks only,so,take off the little fender,and let your arm inside,make a hook with a coat hanger,then locate the latch with your hand,once located,"hook the hook" to the latch guiding it with the "hand that knows where is the latch" and get your hands off there,stand and try to pull the latch to the center,you have to make it slide to the engine.-
I hope i explain myself,then,get some zip ties or emergency cables and try to open it with them until you get a new cable,btw when you get your cable dont forget to buy 2 new latch retainers !
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Old 08-06-2009, 10:30 AM   #7
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I couldn't get that tool to work for me, all I did was scratch up the inside of my hood. That tool works better if you have x-ray vision.

I finally took my wheel and inner wheel fender off, and reached up with a chisel and released the latch.
I threw mine into the pond behind my house

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Old 08-06-2009, 10:45 AM   #8
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Once you get it open, put on the emergency cables for next time. Good luck.
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Old 08-06-2009, 04:16 PM   #9
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I had that happen to me last week. I wound up pulling the cables under the dash with a pair of vise grips and the hood opened. Then I installed a set of emergency cables so it wouldn't happen again.
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Old 08-07-2009, 06:29 AM   #10
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Go get 2 steel leaders that you use for fishing, with swivels on the end. It looks like safety pin on one end, clipe it to the latch and run the other end out. $2 fix if you need it
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I need to do that, mine's starting to stick
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