How do I open my hood if my hood release is not working?

Tiny
ROCKYB239
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  • 1997 PLYMOUTH VOYAGER
When I pull the hood release there seems to be no tension in the cable. My guess is that it somehow disconnected or broke/ How do I release the latch so I can get under the hood to repair it?
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Saturday, December 10th, 2011 AT 5:56 PM

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Tiny
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Most of the time what happens is the cable stretches to the point the hood no longer opens.The first thing i would try is disconnect the hood release cable from the release handle.Then grab the cable end with a pair of vise grips and try pulling the cable with them.If the hood releases then replace the cable. If not you may have to try and release the latch from under the front of the vehicle with along screwdriver

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-open-a-car-hood
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Saturday, December 10th, 2011 AT 6:01 PM
Tiny
BLUEISLAND262
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  • 1999 PLYMOUTH VOYAGER
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1999 Plymouth Voyager 60000 miles

Car has been sitting for 2 months in winter and the battery is now completely dead. Went to jump it and the hood release does not work. I assume it has something to do with the fact that there is no power coming from the battery. Is there a way to get the hood released/opened?
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Friday, November 23rd, 2018 AT 8:48 AM (Merged)
Tiny
BMRFIXIT
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They have those connections where you can charge or jump the battery throw the cigarette lighter
is the cable broken if not try to tap on the hood while a helper pull the handle for you
pull on the hood
good luck
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Friday, November 23rd, 2018 AT 8:48 AM (Merged)
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KARL LENZ
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  • 1994 PLYMOUTH VOYAGER
1994 Plymouth Voyager

I am unable to open hood, Interior mechanism is broken. How can I open the hood?
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Friday, November 23rd, 2018 AT 8:48 AM (Merged)
Tiny
JDL
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Hello, on some makes and models, the plastic handle will break, but, the cable is still there, grab the cable with a pair of vice-grips and pull. Sometimes it helps to have a helper pop the hood with the palm of their hand, in the area of the release mechanism, as you pull on the cable.

If there is no cable to grab, maybe you can go in through the front grill area, see if you can reach the release mechanism? I just wanted to add, if you get the hood up, lube everything you can about the release mechanism.
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Friday, November 23rd, 2018 AT 8:48 AM (Merged)
Tiny
KARL LENZ
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Thank you for you quick response and assistance the problem is I have been pulling on the cable with no luck. Any suggestions?
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Friday, November 23rd, 2018 AT 8:48 AM (Merged)
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JDL
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Have a helper pop the hood with palm of hand, as you pull. If that doesn't work, you may have to see if you can reach release mechanism through the front grill.
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Friday, November 23rd, 2018 AT 8:48 AM (Merged)
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BETHEJANE
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  • 1995 PLYMOUTH VOYAGER
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Hood latch on the inside is broken. How can I open the hood from the outside?
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Friday, November 23rd, 2018 AT 8:48 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Go under it and use a long screwdriver and see if you can move the part the cable hooks too enough to pop it.

If you cant do that you can disconnect cable on the inside and try to find enough cable to grab onto with vice grips and pull it that way
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Friday, November 23rd, 2018 AT 8:48 AM (Merged)
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2CARPROS-ARCHIVES
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  • 1998 PLYMOUTH VOYAGER
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My wife and I just purchased a 1998 Plymouth Voyager from a car lot, and noticed a rattling/vibration coming from the accelerator pedal. There is a very mellow rattling sound coming from the passenger side of the engine. The rattling/vibration can be felt through the pedal during acceleration only. The rattling can be heard clearly with the hood open. I've checked all the fluid levels (oil, transmission, brake, power steering) and the P/S fluid seems to be low, though I don't believe that to cause an issue with a gas pedal. The transmission fluid looked a bit low yesterday, so I added a quart of fluid but no change to the problem.

Any and all suggestions or ideas are welcome!
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Friday, November 23rd, 2018 AT 8:49 AM (Merged)
Tiny
CARADIODOC
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Did you use ATF-3 transmission fluid? The wrong type will cause a shudder during gear changes and torque converter lockup.

For a noise you can hear but not pinpoint, use a stethoscope to poke around with. Harbor Freight Tools has them for less than five bucks. Auto parts stores have them too.

For noises that only occur while driving there is a tool you might be able to borrow or rent from an auto parts store that borrows them called the "Chassis Ear". It is a set of six microphones, a switch box, and headphones. You clip the microphones to suspect points, then drive around while listening with the headphones. You can move the microphones around to zero in on the source of the noise. Be aware that many mechanics have never seen or even heard of this tool. Suspension and alignment mechanics use it to find rattles, squeaks, and other noises.

Worn inner anti-sway bar bushings are pretty common and real easy to replace, but I don't think I'd call that a rattle. It's more of a light thumping sound that goes away when turning slightly.

Since it's felt in the gas pedal, look for something rubbing against the throttle cable or the body. Check the exhaust system hangers. They always have some type of rubber isolator to separate the two metal parts. If those metal parts touch they will transmit normal engine vibration into the passenger compartment.
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