Can't Open the Hood
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    JUNIOR ROVER
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    Can't Open the Hood

    I can't open the hood on my Rover. I did a little research out here and found a couple of suggestions but none worked.

    Here is the issue: I pull the inside release lever all the way. However I didn't hear the normal hood popping sound but instead just a light click. The hood also doesn't pop up enough on its own to allow you to reach the release lever. Thus I pull up on it a bit and pulled the release lever. However, this doesn't allow me to raise the hood as the passenger side is still stuck down.

    Here is what I have done so far:
    Closed it and tried it again (and again and again).
    Pushed down on the hood while someone pulled the lever.
    Pulled up on the hood while someone pulled the lever.

    Nothing seems to be working. My suspicion based on some reading is that this is possibly due to a release cable being broken but I am not sure. Any ideas?
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    Re: Can't Open the Hood

    I had this! Remove the plastic cover from the cabin lever by pulling it towards you. Then remove the screw and the lever. In my case the cable was broke just a centimeter away from the end. I use pliers to pull the cable untill i'll have the courage to remove and change all the cable... Now THAT doesn't look easy...
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    Re: Can't Open the Hood

    Hi Adara and thanks for the reply! I am going to have to look at this later this afternoon. I am not one that works on his car much so this is pretty foreign to me.

    I am sure that it will become more obvious to me once I open it up but how did you replace the wire? Also, did you just buy it from a local parts store?
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    Re: Can't Open the Hood

    I haven't replaced the wire yet. I use the pliers to pull the cable, it doesn't require much force really. Therefore I can't figure out why it broke in the first place. Luckily I don't open the hood often... I think it's gonna be funny to replace it, surely it involves dismantling part of the front and let's not forget it goes through the firewall!
    As for availability I think any LR dealer can get you one...
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    Re: Can't Open the Hood

    I looked closely at this and found that the wire is still connected and is pulling back correctly at least on the interior release handle. A very good suggestion though.
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    Re: Can't Open the Hood

    I had this very same problem recently, the dealer fixed it $20 for the part and $240 for the labor.
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    Re: Can't Open the Hood

    $240 labor!? I'm receiving the part today ($30 ) and I'll try to change it over the weekend, I'll tell you how long it took...
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    Re: Can't Open the Hood

    By the way, here's the exploded view of the hood and lock mechanism:
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Can't Open the Hood-capota.jpg  
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    Re: Can't Open the Hood

    Quote Originally Posted by adara
    $240 labor!? I'm receiving the part today ($30 ) and I'll try to change it over the weekend, I'll tell you how long it took...
    Yeah well what can you do, I don't have the time or the inclination to do that sort of stuff myself. Too busy!
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    Re: Can't Open the Hood

    Mine is at the dealership today so we will see what they say. It should be covered under warranty anyway but I was hoping to knock it out myself without having to bring it in. Usually my problems are underneath the hood and not the hood itself
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    Re: Can't Open the Hood

    OK, it was really a 30 minute job. The trick is, when removing the broken cable (through the cabin) to attach a wire to it so that the new one can be pulled easily in place. If someone is interested I can post the procedure with photos.
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    Re: Can't Open the Hood

    It just arrived back from the dealer and it was the hood latch that needed to be replaced. That is all the info I have since I picked up the car late after the service department left.
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    Re: Can't Open the Hood

    It just arrived back from the dealer and it was the hood latch that needed to be replaced. That is all the info I have since I picked up the car late after the service department left.
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    Re: Can't Open the Hood

    Quote Originally Posted by adara
    OK, it was really a 30 minute job. The trick is, when removing the broken cable (through the cabin) to attach a wire to it so that the new one can be pulled easily in place. If someone is interested I can post the procedure with photos.
    You still have those photos?

    My cable has gone up into the sheath... Did you just run a new wire through the old sheath, or replace the whole thing... I ordered every 4.4L322 hood release part roverparts had for sale, I'm thinking about cutting the sheath with wire cutters and grabbing the cable like that... TIA

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    Re: Can't Open the Hood

    Wow, hoods that don't open and doors that don't close? What did we get ourselves into buying RR's? I love my RR but sheesh. Doors and hoods should be pretty basic engineering!

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