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Old 08-22-2014, 08:14 PM
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W140 1999 S320 Passenger Hood Latch Stuck

I have 99 S320 Passenger hood latch wont release. I've tried holding on release lever and pushing pulling bouncing the hood. Took Lower skid plate off cant seem see anything from bottom? Any IDEAS?

I've searches forums and google everythings about a single release

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Old 08-23-2014, 09:09 AM
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From what I did on my 97 E320 W210 to get it open. In addition to removing the under engine skid pan, the plastic ahead of the wheel / under headlight / inner fender area needs to be removed. Use a very long flat blade screw driver to pry off the latch plastic cover ( if it has one ) then trip the latch from there. The latch will need to move to left to open. ( The cable runs from drivers side to pass and is pulled to the left to operate. ) It is going to be a squeeze and you might need to pry some items out of the way.

You might have a hood alarm switch on the right side that may get damaged / pried out of the way.
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Old 08-23-2014, 12:36 PM
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So i need to remove the passenger fender cover correct? then i should be able see the latch setup??
Thanks for tip!
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Old 08-23-2014, 01:10 PM
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I took both the fender covers off on the S class theres nothing behind them other than the washer tank.. and the actual metal fender
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Old 08-23-2014, 01:13 PM
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On the 97 E320 W210 I was working on, that got me to the latch, can't be 100% on yours.

On yours, take a look where the drivers latch is and measure to center of car. Then go the same distance from center to pass side and put a mark / tape under the bumper. Next measure drivers side latch front to rear, do same on pass side.

This will give you X, Y coordinates as to where to look for the pass latch. You might have an air filter duct or similar in the way.
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Old 08-24-2014, 07:42 AM
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the only problem with mine so far is the latch underneath dash has to be pushed forward after opening,or hood won't lock.

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