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Old 08-07-2002, 11:02 AM
Jeff R
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Hood stuck shut on '90 300SE

Took my car to get a oil change (at one of those 10 minute oil change places.) When I got home, I wanted to verify the oil level, but I couldn't get the hood open.

The little gizmo tab that comes through the grill was (is) not protruding like it normally is flush with the I got some needlenose pliers and then grabbed and pulled, but no release. The hood seems jammed shut

What the heck do I do now? If I can't get it to release, is there any other way to remove the hood from the outside so I can see what is causing the problem?

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Old 08-07-2002, 01:38 PM
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Jeff R,

Does the hood release mechanism have any affect on the hood? I mean, when you pull the lever under the dash, does hood pop up at all? If not, the problem is likely with this feature as pulling on the handle that pops out when the hood pops up, with the hood in the down/driving position is not going to do anything.

If the cable broke I am sure the dealer or an independent knows how to get the hood to release, and I would recommend having one of the experts take care of this. Good luck, Jim
1986 Euro 190E 2.3-16 (291,000 miles),
1998 E300D TurboDiesel, 231,000 miles -purchased with 45,000,
1988 300E 5-speed 252,000 miles,
1983 240D 4-speed, purchased w/136,000, now with 222,000 miles.
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Old 08-07-2002, 02:04 PM
Jeff R
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Stuck Hood fixed

JimSmith's response got me to retrace my steps...

I wasn't pulling the hood release hard enough--it was much stiffer than normal to get the hood to I pulled it really hard and the hood released--found a specific gravity measurer from my oil change job jammed under the hood, apparently causing the problem.

Hmmmm....a tool that I don't have....should I keep it or return it to the oil change place that caused me this problem in the first place?....the spoils of human error...

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Old 08-07-2002, 06:20 PM
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Keep it for the trouble you went through!

It was their mistake anyways and it is not that expensive either.
'86 300E
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