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Hood release cable broken on 2003 Sable

My friend's 2003 Mercury Sable has a broken hood release cable. The hood release may have been rusted & wouldn't release with normal pull on the handle inside the car. When she pulled harder on the release handle the cable broke. Is there any way to release the hood & open it without breaking out the grill?

The battery is also dead so we can't drive it to a shop for help. We tried a battery charger that plugs into the cigarette lighter but the battery won't take a charge off that, so we expect to replace it once we get the hood open. (Due to health problems the car stood unused through most of the winter.)
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Try using a long screwdriver to trip the hood release it shouldn't be too difficult.
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^+1, spray the latch with PB Blaster , that will help a lot.


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We can't reach the latch or hood release with either a screwdriver or PB blaster until we get the grille out.
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We can't reach the latch or hood release with either a screwdriver or PB blaster until we get the grille out.
Stick the straw through the grill for the PBS blaster.


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I'd find a friend, neighbor, or car dealer with a 2003 or a 2002-2004, pop the hood and take a good look at how it's set up and releases, and how you can access it. Happened on my 97 Windstar (mechanic broke it and refused to fix, claiming wear & tear). Gave me a tool (looked like a bent ice-pick with a hook on the end) and showed me how to release it until I bought replacement cable. Can't remember which direction for sure, but I cut the end off the old cable, attached (taped) the end of the new cable to it, and pulled the new one through the firewall so it would follow the same path.
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