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Old 03-02-2005, 11:37 AM
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External hood release

I have often read on various MB boards about opening the hood once the hood release cable is broken. From what I have seen on both my MBs it is virtually impossible to open the hood from the outside without doing real damage. Aside from replacing the hood cable every time you change your oil I don't know of any way to prevent a cable break. I do know how to make an external hood release that will save you when your cable does break.

To install the release:
1. Remove the hood latch mechanism by removing the 4 Philips head screws.
2. Remove the clip that holds the hood release cable to the hood latch.
3. Bend a loop, about 1/2-5/8" dia., in both ends of a thin piece of wire.
4. Bend one loop at 90 deg. to the wire.
5. Slip the 90 deg. loop into the clevis on the latch end of the cable.
6. Refit the hood latch to the cable.
7. Run the wire down the driver's side behind the grill and in front of the radiator so that when the grill is closed you can put a screwdriver through the loop and pull towards the outside of the car.
8. Try out your new hood release.
9. Go wash your hands and revel in your success.

Obviously this can allow anyone to open your hood from the outside if they know the release is there. The wire comes out very close to the bottom of the grill and is virtually impossible to see from the outside.

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Old 03-10-2005, 09:55 AM
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hood release


Love the idea. Had this problem last month with a 107.

I'll be adapting the car and adopting the idea .

Ed Maddock
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Old 03-10-2005, 11:52 AM
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I wonder if that guy in Russia ever got his hood open?
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Old 03-10-2005, 12:49 PM
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The cables will last a lot longer if you lube the catches under the hood from time to time. Both of my recent used MBs were really hard to open and you could tell that the cable was being strained when they finally popped. Of course I probably opened the hood more times in the first month of ownership than the PO did during their entire time with the car, but that is besides the point.

I sprayed some WD40 and applied a dab of white lithium grease on the latches and they open smooth as butter now and I am sure the cables will last as long as the rest of the car. Preventative maintenance does sometimes prevent problems from developing.
Marty D.

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1984 BMW 733i
2013 Lincoln MKz
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Old 03-11-2005, 07:35 AM
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Guy in Russia


The cable was not broke but had become slack. I dismantled the side panel at the cable release handle and managed to get a pliers on the cable and pulled it. It was enough to release the hood. I will be appling Kips solution once the weather improves.

Ed Maddock
(guy in Russia)

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