Hood Release cable broke 1990 Loyale

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by issjoe, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. issjoe

    issjoe Guest

    Hood release cable just broke on 1990 loyale . Its an automatic, so
    there is a trans cooler in front of the radiator. There is only about
    an inch between the back of the hood latch and the trans cooler.
    Can't get my hand up there to feel where the release is. Anyone
    experience this problem?
     
    issjoe, Jun 1, 2008
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  2. If no helpful response here, search/post the question at
    www.ultimatesubaru.org . Those guys have a lot of experience keeping
    older subes on the road.

    Carl
     
    Carl 1 Lucky Texan, Jun 2, 2008
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  3. Hi,

    Broke the cable on my '90 Loyale some years back. It's a stick, so
    there's no cooler but the A/C condenser probably made up for any "space
    gained." It took quite a bit of bending wires and holding one's mouth
    just right to get the release undone. This happened on a trip, so the
    car came home w/ a jerry-rigged wire loop hooked to the broken end of
    the cable that connected to the release latch.

    Can't remember any "helpful hints" on getting things open, but when you
    put in the new cable, be sure there are no kinks and the runs are all
    "straight" as practical. It appeared someone had misrouted mine in a
    previous life, and the break was right at the "wrong" bend. Also, be
    sure to lube the cable and all the linkages well.

    Rick
     
    Rick Courtright, Jun 2, 2008
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  4. issjoe

    johninKY Guest

    Any idea which end broke? If at the latch then you may have to end u
    sacrificing the grill to gain access. But if still attached at th
    release point/end then maybe you can get to the cable by removing th
    inner wheel wheel as I seem to recall the release cable runs under th
    front fender. And finally, maybe a long thin screwdriver can get in wher
    the fingers can't
     
    johninKY, Jun 2, 2008
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  5. issjoe

    issjoe Guest

    I got it open . The cable broke right by the hood latch.. There were a
    couple of bolts missng on the grill, so i pryed that up as it would go
    without breakig. Next I took out the verticle center support between
    the hood latch and the body. Then I could pull the hood latch far
    enough away from the trans. cooler to get my fingers behind latch.
    Found the hood cable realse and pulled with fingers, hood popped
    open.
     
    issjoe, Jun 3, 2008
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