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Old 12-08-2008, 12:22 PM
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Hood release cable replacement

I have checked the archives and can't find anything on this. I just bought a 1987 TDT with a broken hood release cable and I need a little insight on how to replace it. I have it disconnected under the dash but can't quite figure out how to disconnect at the latch mechanism. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-08-2008, 12:25 PM
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Didn't DieselGiant do a DIY on this subject?

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Old 12-08-2008, 12:31 PM
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I have to use pliers in my '95 - it's come loose from the red plastic release lever and I can't seem to get it back in...
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Old 12-08-2008, 12:45 PM
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I believe it is permanently attached to the latch mechanism, at least that is my memory.

If it has broken the red lever, you will need a new one, pretty cheap. If not, have someone hold the latch over with a screwdriver or something so that here is plenty of lengh on the cable inside the car, and you can re-install it if nothing is broken. I had to replace the pull mechanism in my '94, not a difficult job, one screw and the cable IIRC.

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Old 12-08-2008, 12:55 PM
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Thanks for the tip, I'll look into it - after I finish everything else that's wrong with the car!
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