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Old 10-07-2002, 02:22 PM
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Unhappy Help needed on opening hood

After doing some work on my MB 600 SEL I shut the hood and took it for a spin. When returning I then tried to open the hood with NO luck.... Both hood catches would not release. It looks like the cable is stuck behind/under something. Any ideas on how to open the hood without the hood release cable being used?


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Old 10-18-2002, 06:32 AM
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I had a similar thing happen recently, but gave the hood a few push/pulls to free it up. Fortunately it worked, so everything got a good spray of CRC and it has not repeated. Gave me the same question though, which still needs an answer - can the hood be released other than using the inside car lever? Anyone??
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Old 10-18-2002, 10:23 AM
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Talking Finally got it to pop


I finally got the hood to pop....

1st I went to my official MB dealer. They had a quick look (at no charge) for approx 20 min. No luck. I needed to make a follow on appointment so they could try something else...

2nd I wanted to try something myself before spending a lot of money on poping the hood by the MB guys...
This required the usage of a web-cam (!!), a laptop and a strong lamp. By removing the left indicator light (this is a snap-in mechanism, so if you pull real hard it will come out (undamaged hopefully)) and inserting the lamp and web-cam I thought I would get a good picture of wat was under there, and attaching a piece of thick wire to pull the catches. However there was not enough room to get the lamp and web-cam in...

3rd By inserting my hand into the opening of the indicator light I could feel the cable that opens the hood from inside. I gave a good yank on this cable and guess --- YEP! the hood popped open.

Hope this helps anyone else, or at least gives you some new ideas. A web-cam can be bought for less than 50 euro's these days..


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Old 10-19-2002, 06:03 AM
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Well done. An excellent and simple solution!!

Don't we wish that all Merc problems could be so easily solved. Thanks for a trick I will remember and pass on.
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