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Old 06-17-2003, 01:24 AM
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hood-release latch won't open hood on first try!

grrrr, ok, here's the info. The car is a 1990 190E. Lately I the hood-release latch has not been popping the hood when I pull on it! Many months ago I noticed this problem, but it happened seldomly. When it didn't pop the hood on the first pull of the latch, usually the second or third try would. Now it's like I have to pull on it like 20 times, like cranking a car. Sometimes after pulling it 15+ times, I would give it a break and go inside. Later I'd go back and try it again. Then the hood will pop! Anyone know how I can remedy this problem? And id pullung on the hood-release latch repeatedly a BAD thing? Will I damage any mechanical parts or the cable? Thanks! And please help!!!!!
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Old 06-17-2003, 01:06 PM
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Yes, bad thing. It should pop on the first pull, first time, every time.

Is the latch mechanism lubed? It could be that the cable has stretched. I believe you can adjust the cable attachment point once you get the hood open. Access is from underneath the cross piece that holds the mechanism.

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'95 E320 Wagon-Went to Ex
'93 190E 2.6-Wrecked
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Old 06-17-2003, 01:09 PM
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Lube the latching mechanism as a start.
Probably binding.
Spray with penetrating oil, and have someone else operate it so that you can observe the action.
1986 300E 5-Speed 240k mi.
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Old 06-17-2003, 02:24 PM
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woohoo! latch finally opened and I was able to check the oil and add a tad of it into the engine! I'm not sure if this helped or not, but this is what I did after playinging with the latch this morning without getting it to pop the hood. I went to the front of the car and gently yet firmly pressed on the front edge of each corner of the hood. I pulled the little release thingy out from the grille. I then went to pop the hood, and it popped open! I thought I'd try that trick I heard from a Volvo discussion board. But I think with the Volvo, you press on the driver-side of the hood (closer to the door than to the front edge of the hood). Yeah, wish I had read csmow's post before I closed the hood! I'll spray some grease on it next time Thanks guys!
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