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How to replace a hood release cable

Updated July 20, 2017

The hood release cable in most vehicles runs from the hood latch to the release lever inside the cabin. The release lever allows the driver to unlatch the hood without having to exit the vehicle. Occasionally, this cable will snap rendering the hood release lever useless. Replacement hood release cables are available from most auto parts stores and auto dealers. Access to the engine compartment is required to replace the hood release cable.

Turn off the engine and place the car in park. Apply the emergency brake and disconnect the negative battery terminal using the battery terminal wrench.

Clamp the locking pliers onto the hood release cable underneath the dashboard. Pull the hood release cable with the locking pliers to release the hood latch.

Open the bonnet and locate the end of the release cable inside the latch mechanism. Pry the ball-end of the hood release cable out of the latch mechanism using a small flathead screwdriver.

Separate the opposite ball-end of the hood release cable from the release lever using a small flathead screwdriver. Pull the release cable through the firewall and out of the vehicle. Discard the old cable.

Install one ball-end of the new release cable in the hood latch. Feed the cable through the firewall into the cabin.

Place the opposite ball-end of the release cable in the release lever mechanism. Test the release lever and cable for proper operation.

Things You'll Need

  • Battery terminal wrench
  • Locking pliers
  • Small flathead screwdriver
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About the Author

Kyle Sanstrom has been writing professionally since 2008. His articles have been published on several websites including eHow and Automobile Insight. Sanstrom has undergone advanced automotive training at the Dunwoody College of Technology, holds an Associate of Arts in general studies from Century College and has more than 10 years of experience in all aspects of automotive repair and diagnosis.