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Broken Dodge Caravan Hood Cable

Q. Mr Ciulla, I hope you enjoyed your vacation. My question is; My sister in-law has a 1995 Dodge Caravan and the hood release cable broke somewhere under the hood. How can I get the hood open to replace the cable?

Broken Dodge Caravan Hood Cable

Thanks for any help you might be able to provide,

A. I just talked to a guy on the phone with the same problem. There is no easy way to get the hood open with a broken hood release cable. What you need to do to get the hood open is pop the hood latch manually. To do this you will need a fairly long screwdriver or pry bar. Then from underneath the car look up in front of the A/C condenser or radiator and see if you can see the hood latch.

If you can, you will see the hood cable coming in from the left (drivers) side. Sometimes, if there is enough room, you can get your hand up there and pull the cable with a pair of vise-grips. If not, you will need to use your long screwdriver to pop the hood latch itself.

Some times you can reach the hood latch through the grill and pop the hood latch through there.

The trick is to get to the hood latch and pop it, that's about all I can offer you.

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