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Hood release cable

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Diddy Spicebush, Jul 11, 2020.

  1. Jul 11, 2020 at 11:25 AM
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    Diddy Spicebush

    Diddy Spicebush [OP] Well-Known Member

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    How much of a pain is it to change the hood cable? It hasn’t broken yet but it is on its way out.
     
  2. Jul 11, 2020 at 12:40 PM
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    gumbo-taco

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    Is it not “popping” up the hood? Still able to lift the hood from the front, then release with the lever? Mine started sticking a couple of weeks ago. Felt like the cable was broken. Turns out the release latch/spring was sticking. A little dousing of spray lube got it functional again.
     
  3. Jul 11, 2020 at 12:41 PM
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    SkunkMan17

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    Last owner of mine put hood pins on it and I love em. Screw the hood cable and release
     
  4. Jul 11, 2020 at 12:48 PM
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    koditten

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    If your old one is still there, it's easy. Tape the new one to the old one and pull the new one thru the fire wall with the old one. I found it was easier to pull into the cab.
     
  5. Jul 11, 2020 at 1:08 PM
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    Wyoming09

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    It really depends on how you define pain.

    To some of us no big deal someone else it turns into a week long project with a visit from the Fire Company

    Myself Remove the door and the seat just to remove the handle
     
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  6. Jul 11, 2020 at 1:11 PM
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    Diddy Spicebush

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    Yes the cable is still there and it still opens the hood. The problem is once I pop the hood the cable sticks in the housing and the latch won’t close and the lever under the dash doesn’t retract. I have to go into the latch and hit the locking lever on the latch to get the cable to release. Yes I know everyone says spray the latch and it will loosen up and work but it doesn’t. I got help one day by someone pulling the lever and popping the latch while I sprayed into the cable housing. It worked fine for 6 months and then crapped out again.
     
  7. Jul 11, 2020 at 1:21 PM
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    koditten

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    Yep, its pretty common for them to do exactly as you are describing. Sound like your cable is fine.

    The lock assembly is only $35 on Amazon or Rock Auto.
     
  8. Jul 11, 2020 at 1:38 PM
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    Wyoming09

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    I should get one those if I ever get around to working on my own truck
     

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