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    Broken hood release cable

    Went to open the hood on my 92 STS and the cable snapped. I caught hell trying to get the hood open, had to take the grille off and finally got it to release. Now I have to replace it. Is this a hard job to do myself or should I leave it to a mechanic??

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    Re: Broken hood release cable

    Can somebody help me out??

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    Re: Broken hood release cable

    Looks pretty easy, the cable is $43 from a dealer so aftermarket should be $25 or so. This is for an eldo but it should be close to the same.

    Hood Primary Latch Release Cable Replacement

    Removal Procedure



    Remove the radiator support sight shield. Refer to Radiator Support Sight Shield Replacement (See: Radiator Support\Service and Repair\Radiator Support Sight Shield Replacement) .
    Remove the air cleaner assembly. Refer to Air Cleaner Assembly Replacement in Engine Controls.
    Remove the engine compartment fuse and relay center cover.



    Important: Tie a string around the cable before you remove the cable from the vehicle in order to ensure proper routing and ease installation.



    Remove the release cable from the primary latch.
    Remove the clips from the cable.
    Route the cable along the body rail toward the rear of the vehicle.
    Remove the left sound insulator. Refer to Instrument Panel Insulator Panel Replacement - Left Side (See: Interior Moulding / Trim\Dashboard / Instrument Panel\Service and Repair\Removal and Replacement\Instrument Panel Insulator Panel Replacement - Left Side) in Instrument Panel Gages and Console.




    Remove the hood release latch fasteners.
    Push the cable and the grommet into the passenger compartment.
    Release the string from the old cable assembly.
    Remove the release cable and release latch (2) from the vehicle.
    Installation Procedure






    Tie the string to the new cable assembly.
    Install the cable assembly to the cowl.
    Carefully pull the new cable into position.
    Route the cable along the body rail to the front of the vehicle.
    Install the grommet to the cowl panel. Turn the grommet to the right in order to ease installation.
    Install the release cable to the primary latch.




    Position the release cable latch (2) to the lower instrument panel. Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice in Cautions and Notices.
    Install the fasteners to the latch release handle (2). Tighten the fasteners to 6 N.m (53 lb in).
    Install the left sound insulator. Refer to Instrument Panel Insulator Panel Replacement - Left Side (See: Interior Moulding / Trim\Dashboard / Instrument Panel\Service and Repair\Removal and Replacement\Instrument Panel Insulator Panel Replacement - Left Side) in Instrument Panel Gages and Console.
    Install the engine compartment fuse and relay center cover.
    Install the air cleaner assembly. Refer to Air Cleaner Assembly Replacement in Engine Controls.
    Install the radiator support sight shield. Refer to Radiator Support Sight Shield Replacement (See: Radiator Support\Service and Repair\Radiator Support Sight Shield Replacement) .

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    Re: Broken hood release cable

    Thx Carvone for the write-up. This looks like a pretty involving job.

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    Re: Broken hood release cable

    The procedure may make it look more complicated than it really is. I've replaaced hood release cables before and its mostly a job of patience to thread it through the 33 different passages from the firewall to the hood latch. I replaced the cable on my CDV in about an hour.

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