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1989 Montero Broken Hood Latch Cable! #1105870 12/27/20 08:57 PM
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polar Offline OP
Getting the Wheeling Fever
Any suggestions for getting the hood open when the hood latch cable has snapped??

Last edited by polar; 12/27/20 11:13 PM.
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Re: 1989 Montero Broken Hood Latch Cable! [Re: polar] #1105871 12/28/20 03:19 AM
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Any idea where the cable is damaged (in the cab, at the latch, somewhere else)?


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Re: 1989 Montero Broken Hood Latch Cable! [Re: polar] #1105872 12/28/20 12:07 PM
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polar Offline OP
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No.......... can't tell so far

Re: 1989 Montero Broken Hood Latch Cable! [Re: polar] #1105875 12/28/20 11:32 PM
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From the perspective of a volunteer firefighter....

Probably the least destructive method I've used is to get a Halligan bar. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halligan_bar
Go thru the front grill ( <---- this is pretty destructive) and use the forked end of the bar to catch the cable. Twist the bar to pull the cable tight. Then keep twisting to pull the latch.

You can probably do the same thing bu cutting thru the front grill enough to reach inside. Cut the hood latch cable some distance from the latch. Remove the latch cable cover. If the cable is still intact at the latch, you should be able to pull the cable to release the latch. If the cable was dettatched at the latch, you may have to find the latch assembly and release it manually.


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Re: 1989 Montero Broken Hood Latch Cable! [Re: polar] #1105877 12/29/20 02:39 AM
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You don't specify the model, and I'm going to presume a Gen 1 in this example. Therefore, please refer to the attached photo.

A. With the bumper and skid plate removed for access, reach up behind the grill until you encounter the cable housing.
B. Cut cable housing apart, as pry in an arc to expose the cable core.
C. Pull on the core with some pliers.
D. Pop the hood.

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Re: 1989 Montero Broken Hood Latch Cable! [Re: polar] #1105893 01/14/21 08:40 PM
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Problem Solved!
I reached up to the cable from underneath and was able to pull on the cable with a long set of visegrips to release the hood. Once open I could see the hood latch return spring had snapped in half and therefore the handle wouldn't reset.....so off to Tractor Supply for a stiff enough spring ...Actually $5 for two springs but now got extra. Just had to cut it and reattach and good as new!








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