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Pelican Technical Article:

Hood Latch Cable Replacement

Mike Holloway

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$25 to $50

Talent:

*

Tools:

Phillips head screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz R107 (1972-89)

Parts Required:

Hood latch cable

Hot Tip:

Apply a thin coating of grease on the cable

Performance Gain:

A hood that opens

Complementary Modification:

Replace your hood emblem

Over time the cable which unlatches the hood can become stretched or break. If you can't open your hood, you're going to have a hard time checking the engine oil, your radiator hoses for wear or many other maintenance items under the bonnet. Changing your hood latch cable is an easy and important job, so get it done now before the hood latch cable completely fails.

Using a 10mm socket wrench, loosen and remove the bolts which hold the access panel found under the steering wheel.
Figure 1

Using a 10mm socket wrench, loosen and remove the bolts which hold the access panel found under the steering wheel.

You will have to use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove the screws which hold the access panel to the right of the steering wheel.
Figure 2

You will have to use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove the screws which hold the access panel to the right of the steering wheel.

With a Phillips head screwdriver, loosen and remove the screws which hold the hood lever in place.
Figure 3

With a Phillips head screwdriver, loosen and remove the screws which hold the hood lever in place.

Once the latch is free, examine how the cable is attached.
Figure 4

Once the latch is free, examine how the cable is attached.

The cable can be removed from the latch housing.
Figure 5

The cable can be removed from the latch housing.

The cable can now be freed from the latch.
Figure 6

The cable can now be freed from the latch.

Using a 10mm Socket (extension optional), loosen the cable from top of the left fender.
Figure 7

Using a 10mm Socket (extension optional), loosen the cable from top of the left fender.

With a 10mm open end wrench, loosen and remove the cable from the hood latch.
Figure 8

With a 10mm open end wrench, loosen and remove the cable from the hood latch.

Pull the cable.
Figure 9

Pull the cable. Assembly is the reverse of disassembly.

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