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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 6:53 pm 
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Year and Trim: '91 Olds 98 Regency Elite
'88 Bonneville
Battery died today....when I went to open the hood the release cable broke off just at the hold down point. I pulled off the grill and the secondary safety release. I see the back side of the hood release, but there is nothing to activated the release, and not much room for a hand or arm to get to it. All the bolts are, of course, facing the firewall-----what now...my only thought now is to hack saw off the hold down mechanism and head to the junk yard.----Any other thougths first before I do so, or anyone had this problem. First time in my life I've dealt with a problem of this nature.


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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 9:22 pm 
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Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Year and Trim: 2004 GMC 2500HD
2013 Buick Regal GS
This is a good one. I am sure it has happened to someone before, but I am not sure how to tackle it. I just looked at my 89 Bonneville and here is a picture of the latch and cable connection:

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The space to work in:
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The latch is mounted between the AC condenser and radiator with only a couple inches between. To top that off, the mount underneath is a solid plate with a few drain holes.

I have no idea how to get to it. This makes me want to inspect mine real well.


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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 10:16 pm 
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Year and Trim: '91 Olds 98 Regency Elite
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AH HA! I got it.....I got a coat hanger and put a small hook at the end, then began to "fish" around the back side of the latch---I had to take grill off etc.....etc..... Then after about 30 seconds I was able to hook onto something and pull....and the hood popped open. I then wrapped the end of the coat hanger around the latch lever and the other end of the coathanger thru the slats in the grill.....this now is a temporary fix until I can get a replacement cable.


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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 10:18 pm 
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I am glad you got it.


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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 10:26 pm 
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what ever works right? :dontknow:

glad ya got it! :beerchug:

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