1997 Mercury Mountaineer Hood

Tiny
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1997 Mercury Mountaineer V8 Front Wheel Drive Automatic

The hood release will not open the hood
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Wednesday, November 11th, 2009 AT 2:07 PM

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Tiny
RICKMAR
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Your latch cable is stretched or has come disconnected.

You need to do this:
Just below your steering wheel at the base of the dash is your pull handle. Remove the (2) 7 mm bolts that secure the unit to the dash base. They are hard to see and you need to have the handle pulled just like you are opening the hood so you can have a clear unblocked shot at the 2 small bolts. When you remove the 2 bolts the hood release component will fall to the floor, you will see a thin wire cable connected to the plastic handle and has a small round looking metal dowel securing the thin cable to the plastic pull latch.
Get a good pair of vise grips ready, you almost done.
This is a little difficult but it can be done. Pull on the hood latch handle and watch the thin cable move as far as it can toward you. With your vise grips. Firmly grip the thin cable as close as you can where it slid through the black sheathed cable. And "lock" the vise grips on the thin cable. Take a break. Here we go. Grab the vise grips and pull on the thin cable straight toward you. Your hood will pop open !

What you have done is you gave the thin cable a little extra travel it needed to actuate the release lever.

It sounds like you need a new hood latch cable or maybe you can find a way to mickey mouse the one you have to take up the slack from being stretched or the little adjuster stop at the end of the cable near the hood latch is broken and not secure. Winter is here. It's probably best to buy a new hood release cable instead of risking having it fail again.

I hope this helped and you are standing there smiling
at your opened hood.

Good Luck;
Rick
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Friday, November 13th, 2009 AT 2:53 PM

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