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Well one -? degree day my battery was dead, went to pop the hood to jump it and the hood pop snapped right off at the handle. I pulled the carpet back, got some wires to show enough to yank and pop it. I think id be good just pulling those wires with pliers. Well all the metal wire pieces have come out of the plastic sheath now and theres really no wire left inside the car at all. Thats what i get for not fixing it right i guess.

So i really dont know what to do here. I called a couple shops and they want 70 or more to pop the hood. When i asked what they had to do they had no idea. I obviously cant remove the bumper without the hood popped. That and theres no grill to reach my hand through. Some have told me to reach from under the car and disengage that. Obviously sounds easier then it is. First off do you guys really think someone could reach up high enough from the bottom of the car to grab on to the hood latch assembly? even if i could grab onto the thing, what in the world would i have to do to get it to unlatch?

I'm literally to the point of considering cutting the hood open. Dont know where to go from here. Please help me, i need my car for work.

-Brett
 

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I would try somehow cutting to expose some wire then use a small vice grip to lock on the wire.
You could use that 'til the warmer months, then go your local J/Y and pull a hood latch wire to replace yours.
 

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I would try somehow cutting to expose some wire then use a small vice grip to lock on the wire.
You could use that 'til the warmer months, then go your local J/Y and pull a hood latch wire to replace yours.
This is what i did and is explained in my original post. This is what screwed me in the first place. Thats what u get for cutting corners i guess, should've just fixed it when i had the hood popped but as most taurus drivers, i have a budget. The carpet is folded back, plastic cut out of the way and the actual bracket is removed. There is no wire left in the car, at all. Thank for for the suggestion but this isnt an option anymore. any other ideas? Please help.
 

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^ Don2775, ive seen many older tauri with small vise grips locked onto the cable serving as a ******* handle, lol!
 

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Well one -? degree day my battery was dead, went to pop the hood to jump it and the hood pop snapped right off at the handle. I pulled the carpet back, got some wires to show enough to yank and pop it. I think id be good just pulling those wires with pliers. Well all the metal wire pieces have come out of the plastic sheath now and theres really no wire left inside the car at all. Thats what i get for not fixing it right i guess.

So i really dont know what to do here. I called a couple shops and they want 70 or more to pop the hood. When i asked what they had to do they had no idea. I obviously cant remove the bumper without the hood popped. That and theres no grill to reach my hand through. Some have told me to reach from under the car and disengage that. Obviously sounds easier then it is. First off do you guys really think someone could reach up high enough from the bottom of the car to grab on to the hood latch assembly? even if i could grab onto the thing, what in the world would i have to do to get it to unlatch?

I'm literally to the point of considering cutting the hood open. Dont know where to go from here. Please help me, i need my car for work.

-Brett
Don't cut the hood open!

You'll probably need to jack the car and get underneath it. You'll have to find the latch cable and disconnect it so you can pull on it from underneath, or try and reach up to the latch from under the front. If you really can't find another way to do it, cut out part of the outer cable and make your own access point somewhere along it, you might have to replace it but that's cheaper than getting a new hood. I haven't ever forcibly opened a hood on a Taurus so I'm not sure of the exact process to do it.
 

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Well i got it open!

There was more room between the bumper and radiator then i thought. But, there was only about an inch of exposed wire between the actual latch and where the plastic covering of the wire begins. With some small needle nose pliers we were able to get the hood popped. So, for now i followed the cable to by the air box, i cut it there, pulled it out and have a nice little loop under the car when i need to pop the hood. Not ideal but works for now. Its cold out! ha.
 

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Glad you got the hood open. Sounds like some good "creative engineering!
 
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