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    Need some help: Hood stuck/can't get open (1997 Catera)

    Can't get the hood open. It was already pretty hard to open and I had to pull the hood plug (under drivers side dash) with a wrench but now its completely stuck. Is there a safety latch or some way to get it open???

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    Re: Need some help: Hood stuck/can't get open (1997 Catera)

    Use a thin screwdriver to take the grill out. That may or may not give you access to the handle.

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    Re: Need some help: Hood stuck/can't get open (1997 Catera)

    have someone push down real hard at the spring point of the hood while you pull the cable. the hood spring may need readjusting.

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    Re: Need some help: Hood stuck/can't get open (1997 Catera)

    Quote Originally Posted by AHazzardToAll View Post
    have someone push down real hard at the spring point of the hood while you pull the cable. the hood spring may need readjusting.
    that worked for me when i got mine, the hood wouldn't open unless someone was pushing down when i pulled the cable, the latch needed a really good cleaning and re-greasing and its fine now

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    Re: Need some help: Hood stuck/can't get open (1997 Catera)

    Well, I think that only works when the cable actually works

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    Re: Need some help: Hood stuck/can't get open (1997 Catera)

    it coulds like to me his cable always did work but the hood spring was adjusted too high. the latch won't give if the spring is putting pressure against the hood. just saying it's possible the cable hasn't broken or anything yet with the fact that it's always done that.
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    Re: Need some help: Hood stuck/can't get open (1997 Catera)

    No follow up on this topic?

    Mine is not releasing when I pull the latch.
    I just got the car from my ex and it worked fine for her for the past 2 years.

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    Re: Need some help: Hood stuck/can't get open (1997 Catera)

    I have the same problem. I use a short bungee cord strapped from the hood release handle to the steering wheel, I go outside and open the hood.

    I have lubed everything in the area around the hood release and tried to adjust the hood release spring, but no luck.

    Ian

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