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Hood Latch Release Cable Replacement Service

What is the Hood Latch Release Cable all about?

In order for your car’s hood to remain securely closed while you’re driving, a latch is used. Because the hood latch does not have an exterior release, a release cable is used. The cable runs from the front of the hood through the engine compartment, the firewall between the cabin and the engine bay, and finally to the back of the hood latch release located in the driver side foot below the steering wheel and above the brake and gas pedals.

Keep in mind:

  • A hood latch release cable can break at any point along its length, though it will do so most often at the ends.
  • If the attachment point on the release breaks, you’ll need to replace the release, but likely not the cable.
  • If the hood latch release cable breaks, you may be unable to open the hood.

How it's done:

  • Remove and replace Hood Release Cable.
  • Check the hood latch assembly for proper operation.
  • Install new hood release cable.
  • Test operation of the new cable.

Our recommendation:

Ideally, your hood latch release cable will last the life of the car. However, that’s not always the case, as the cable can break at any point, mostly commonly at the release point inside the cabin. The second most common break location is the latch at the front of the car. In most of these instances, the cable will slide out of reach or the break will leave it too short to be used. Replacing it requires a significant amount of labor and expertise in routing the cable from the latch to the release handle. Have one of our expert mechanics replace your hood latch release cable if it is broken.

What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Hood Latch Release Cable?

  • No resistance when you pull the hood release in the car’s cabin
  • Pulling the release handle does not open the hood
  • You are unable to pull the release handle at all

How important is this service?

While driving your car without an operable release cable will not damage your vehicle, access to the engine is vital for many different types of regular maintenance. If your release cable has broken, you should have it replaced promptly.

Fast and easy Hood Latch Release Cable Replacement service at your home or office.


How can we help?

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