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Old 02-28-2013, 10:55 AM   #1
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Hood latch

My inside hood latch release doesn't always work. Sometimes have to do it several times. Given the soft feel of it, I feel like it is about to go and would like to prevent this if possible.
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:31 AM   #2
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The handle could be stripped on the inside. There is a shaft, for lack of a better description, with a flat that the handle fits over and is held by a screw. The plastic of the handle might be broken, and the handle merely slips around the flat. You should see the screw in the center of the handle that you can remove to take the handle off and inspect. The handle pulls a cable, like the brake cable of a bicycle, to open the hood latch. There is a place in the engine bay (along the top of the fender) where there is a seam in the cable. The cable has a ball-like thing that is crimped on, and there is a plastic couple. The cable is called a bowden cable, I think.

You can find all of the parts in your car on www.realoem.com and/or www.penskeparts.com. I do not think that what you need will be anywhere but the junkyard or the dealership, but you need to use the websites I said to see what the interrelationships are and where the various items are located.

If I was you, I would get the hood open and not close it again until I was sure the linkages were reliable. If the hood is closed and the linkage breaks, it's a huge pain in the a$$ to get the hood open again.
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