Question My Hood won't open anymore. ??

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    Default My Hood won't open anymore. ??

    Hey everyone, the other day I attempted to open the hood to my '05 Tundra and nothing happened. I pulled the cable to the latch that is located under the dash with some pliers and still nothing. I can hear moving parts when I pull on the cable. I got under the truck with a flashlight and had a friend pulling on the cable but still could not see anything. My guess is that these cables are purposely hidden and are hard to get to for the sake of anti-theft.

    Would anybody know a trick of the trade before I have to go spend a bunch of money to have someone else do it in 2 minutes?

    I have to change my oil soon and can't even get my hood to open...weird.

    Thanx, Jeff

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    Default Re: My Hood won't open anymore. ??

    hi,
    there are many toyota tech's here.
    i'm sure they can and will help you.

    but until than, i will take a look on my 05 double cab for you. to see if i can find a way for you.
    gorilla

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    Default Re: My Hood won't open anymore. ??

    While your buddy is pulling on the release lever under the dash, take a peek through the grill and see if the latch mechanism is working. If you don't see any movement, the cable could be broken. If the latch is moving, but the hood doesn't open, the hood itself just might be stuck or jammed.
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    Default Re: My Hood won't open anymore. ??

    I've had a reverse problem where my hood wouldn't stay closed.

    Found out that the return spring for the release lever was either disengaged or broken, and the lever inside the truck remained in the pulled out position after opening the hood.

    Pushing the lever back in the closed position allowed the hood catch to engage.

    I still need to look into what went wrong...
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    Thanx to you guys who responded so quickly! I'll look again thru the grill to see if there are any moving parts while a friend is pulling on the release lever under the dash. Hopefully I dont have to start taking apart my whole front end just to get the hood open.
    Thanx, Jeff

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    Try smacking the hood in the area over the latch while a freind pulls the lever. The hood can stick sometimes and this trick usually works unless something is truly broken. I have had to use this method to open stuck hoods many times over the years when I worked as a tech.

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    Yeah, we did some pretty good smackin' and shakin' on the hood but still wont give. It seems like all those parts I need to get to are very well hidden and not easily accessible.

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    hi, honestly, i don't see a way with out removing some thing's to gain access to the area of the hood where the latch is. and if you do you will have to have long arms to reach the latch.
    ask a toyota tech guy here.
    reach out to them, i'd bet they have a secrete as to how to open it.

    take it in for service a oil change. and have them do it.
    i'd bet they hav a way to open the hood. someone there within the service dept, knows how to open it. it might cost you a oil change but, they will find the problem. it need's to be fixed anyway. 1 way or the other.
    if you have to buy a new grill, and your truck is white ,i do have a almost new 1 with the chrome insert's and the toyota symbol and V8 emblem still in tack.
    i switched out to the TRD grill. if that helps.

    if it was me, i would have cut the grill off.
    & now i'd have easy access to that latch.
    but i have another grill. LOL
    gorilla

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    Thanx Gorilla! I thought of that, to just bring it into Toyota for an oil change and go sit in the waiting room with my coffee and donut and my fingers crossed hoping I would leave with my $30 oil change and an UNSTUCK hood latch. I'll probably try that first and see what happens.

    I appreciate your time and expertise. I'll keep you in mind if I end up freaking out, destroying my grill and needing another one.

    Jeff

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    Default Re: My Hood won't open anymore. ??

    I had the same problem. I took the skid plate off got axcess from the bottom. I purchased a new cable for 29.00 from Toyota.

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    Thanx Snow Tundra! I'll check that out


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