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Old 02-28-2008, 11:23 PM
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Hey Folks,
I'm new to the forum and I have a question. The hood release seems to be broken on my '89 Accord. The plastic release lever has felt like it was about to give out for a while, and now it seems like it has - I pull as hard as I can, but no hood release. I took a pair of pliers and got a good grip on the cable coming out of the dash, and pulled as hard as I could, but again, no luck. I'm thinking that something must be stuck or disconnected under the hood, and maybe the inside lever connectionis also shot now because there was no give from the cablewhen I pulled on it. Either way, the car is low on oil, and I can't drive it again until I figure out how to pop the hood. Any suggestions?
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Old 02-29-2008, 03:43 AM
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It might be worthwhile to spray some wd40 or pdblaster on the latch mechanism to see if that will loosen it up. Also, you might be able to push the hood near the latch while someone else tries the release mechanism.
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Old 02-29-2008, 06:08 AM
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I'll try that. Thanks.
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Old 02-29-2008, 06:35 PM
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Have someone thump on the middle front of the hood while you pull the cable.
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Old 03-01-2008, 09:23 AM
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PAhonda and hondadude,

Thanks for the advice. I asked someone to help me with it and it opened right up. The latch was all siezed up from something (rust, dirt, salt,...?) I sprayed the crap out of it with WD40 and worked the mechanism loose a bit. It still won't open by itself, so I'll see what they have at the autoparts place to free it up better. At least the oil is topped off now. I just hope I didn't mess up the cable by pulling too hard.

Thanks again,
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Old 03-01-2008, 11:57 AM
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you will probally have to replace the latch or cable, id start with a cable cuz you can buy that from honda for about 20 bucks or even less.
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