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Old 07-29-2002, 05:18 AM
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W126 Hood catch release not extending when hood popped


On my 86 300SDL the grille was damaged in a recent accident and subsequently replaced. The part you pull on to release the hood to go up also got broken and was replaced.

Unfortunately the body shop that put the new one in did not do it in a way in which it pops out when the hood catch is pulled from inside the car. Now my only option is using the pliars to force it out and then once its comes out, it is not stuck, the hood opens fine.

Being this is light plastic and that I have already used the pliars a few times I really need to get this fixed. Any ideas on what could be holding this in or not allowing it to extend when it should? Thanks.

Larry Ferguson
1986 300SDL 163K

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Old 07-29-2002, 07:12 AM
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If it got replaced they may have not used the right one. Also, there should be an adjustment if it is the correct pull latch. Check the p/n on it versus the VIN.
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Old 07-29-2002, 06:29 PM
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if you have a camera

If you have a digital camera, take a pic and post it. I have the opposite problem, where the pull is always protruding through the grill. I would like to figure out how to adjust it, but it is not apparent after studying it casually.
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Old 07-30-2002, 09:05 AM
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Maybe you and Surfblau should just swap latches!

Sorry, it has been a long day today already (9:04am) and I thought I'd interject a little humor.

Current: '91 300TE 4MATIC 317k and climbing...
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Old 07-30-2002, 11:31 PM
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Good chance that the body shop put the gizmo through the wrong slot in the grill.
On the grills that I've seen, there's a gap made for it and the others have no gap. Too high or too low would explain your problem. It's easy to move. There's a circlip on the pin. Pull the pin and move the gizmo.
Hey , can somebody invent a name for the damn thing so I don't have to keep calling it a gizmo ?

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