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Hood Release Cable Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Hood Release Cable Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$15 to $50

Talent:

**

Tools:

10mm wrench, Philips head screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz W124 (1986-95)

Parts Required:

New cable

Hot Tip:

Properly route the cable to prevent binding

Performance Gain:

Access to the engine

Complementary Modification:

Polish headlight lens

The W124 hood release cable is a single cable that runs from the interior handle to the release mechanism at the front cross member. It is a long cable with no place for adjustments so if your cable has stretched to the point it no longer opens the hood or has broken you will need to replace the entire cable.

The cable runs along the left fender up by the hood then below the cross member above the left headlight (yellow arrow) and connects with the mechanism (red arrow) under the cross member.
Figure 1

The cable runs along the left fender up by the hood then below the cross member above the left headlight (yellow arrow) and connects with the mechanism (red arrow) under the cross member.

The cables grommet sits in a mount under the cross member (yellow arrow) and attaches to the mechanism (red arrow).
Figure 2

The cables grommet sits in a mount under the cross member (yellow arrow) and attaches to the mechanism (red arrow). Pull the cables grommet out from the mount. Note: the horns have been removed for photographic purposes.

Use a 10mm wrench and remove the two bolts holding the mechanism to the cross member (red arrows).
Figure 3

Use a 10mm wrench and remove the two bolts holding the mechanism to the cross member (red arrows).

Lift the mechanism including the latching post up out of the cross member.
Figure 4

Lift the mechanism including the latching post up out of the cross member. You can now separate the cables end from the release mechanism (red arrow) by gently prying the ends of the cable attachment apart.

Feed the cable back through the cross member towards the fender.
Figure 5

Feed the cable back through the cross member towards the fender.

Pull the cable (red arrow) out from under the headlight assembly and follow its path back to where it passes into the interior.
Figure 6

Pull the cable (red arrow) out from under the headlight assembly and follow its path back to where it passes into the interior. Remove the kick panel on the driver side. Please see our article on kick panel removal for further assistance.

Pull the hood release handle out and remove the single Philips head screw holding it to the lower dash.
Figure 7

Pull the hood release handle out and remove the single Philips head screw holding it to the lower dash.

The cable end (red arrow) slips into a spot on the inside of the handle (yellow arrow).
Figure 8

The cable end (red arrow) slips into a spot on the inside of the handle (yellow arrow). Remove the handle assembly from the lower dash. Remove the old cable and starting at the handle in the interior run the new cable into the interior and attach it to the release handle. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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