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Hood Release Cable and Latches Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Hood Release Cable and Latches Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$250

Talent:

***

Tools:

Phillips & flathead screwdrivers, T25 Torx driver

Applicable Models:

Volvo V70 (1998-01)
Volvo V70 2.4T (2001)
Volvo V70 AWD (1998-99)
Volvo V70 GLT (1998-00)
Volvo V70 GLT SE (2000)
Volvo V70 R (1998)
Volvo V70 R AWD (1999-00)
Volvo V70 T5 (1998-01)
Volvo V70 X/C (2001)
Volvo V70 X/C AWD (1998-00)
Volvo V70 X/C AWD SE (2000)

Parts Required:

Hood release cables

Hot Tip:

Cables are two separate parts. Make sure to replace both.

Performance Gain:

Repair faulty hood release cable

Complementary Modification:

Replace hood release latches

The hood release handle, located in the interior of your Volvo, is used to open the engine hood. The handle is connected to the hood latches via steel cables. The steel cables are joined at the latches and separate for easy servicing. Both cables are housed in plastic sheathing. However, these steel cables are still prone to corrosion.

The hood release cables consist of two separate parts. One cable runs from the hood release handle to the left side latch. The other cable runs between the latches. The cable that runs between the hood latches tend to crack, allowing moisture to enter the cable. Once this happens, the cable's lifetime is greatly shortened. If your cables are sticking, your hood release handle won't return when you open your hood. It may be time to replace the cables. First check if the latches need to be cleaned and lubed. If the latches are in good shape, replace the cables.

Remember that your car may have been serviced before and had parts replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve, as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

There are two hood latches, one for each side of the engine hood (red arrows).
Figure 1

There are two hood latches, one for each side of the engine hood (red arrows). In this tech article, I will show you how to remove each component in the hood latch system. Starting with the right side latch, I will be working my way over to the release handle inside the vehicle.

Working at the right side hood latch, mark the location of the top of the latch (inset).
Figure 2

Working at the right side hood latch, mark the location of the top of the latch (inset). This will help when aligning or adjusting the new latch. Then, remove the three 10mm fasteners (red arrows).

Remove the hood latch from the vehicle body.
Figure 3

Remove the hood latch from the vehicle body. Then unhook the cable end (red arrow) from the latch pull. Then, feed the cable housing out and the steel cable through the slot (inset) to remove the latch.

Working at the left side hood latch, mark the location of the top of the latch.
Figure 4

Working at the left side hood latch, mark the location of the top of the latch. This will help when aligning or adjusting the new latch. Then, remove the three 10mm fasteners (red arrows).

Remove the hood latch from the vehicle body.
Figure 5

Remove the hood latch from the vehicle body. Then unhook the right side latch cable end (red arrow) from the latch pull. Then, feed the cable housing out and the steel cable through the slot (green arrow) to remove the latch.

To gain access to the cable that runs from the left to right latch, the fan relay mount (red arrow) has to be removed.
Figure 6

To gain access to the cable that runs from the left to right latch, the fan relay mount (red arrow) has to be removed. Start by removing the two T25 Torx fasteners (green arrows).

Then lift the relay mount up and lay it aside.
Figure 7

Then lift the relay mount up and lay it aside. You can leave the relays attached to it.

Pull the fresh air duct (red arrow) out of the radiator support and remove it from the intake air housing.
Figure 8

Pull the fresh air duct (red arrow) out of the radiator support and remove it from the intake air housing. Lay it aside.

Pull the fresh air duct inlet (red arrow) out of the radiator support.
Figure 9

Pull the fresh air duct inlet (red arrow) out of the radiator support. Pull it straight up to detach the rubber mounts. When reinstalling, be sure the rubber mounts (yellow arrows) are properly seated in the slots (green arrows).

The cable is mounted to the radiator support using metal clips (red arrow), one on each side of the radiator support.
Figure 10

The cable is mounted to the radiator support using metal clips (red arrow), one on each side of the radiator support. Pull the clips straight off to remove them from the cable.

Then pull the cable straight out to remove it.
Figure 11

Then pull the cable straight out to remove it. Reverse these steps to install the new cable. Be sure the metal clips are properly seated.

To replace the left side latch disconnect the electrical connector (red arrow).
Figure 12

To replace the left side latch disconnect the electrical connector (red arrow). Depending on your vehicle options, you will either have to detach the plug mount (pull it straight off) or unplug the connector by pressing the release tab and pulling it straight off.

Feed the cable housing out and the steel cable through the slot (red arrow).
Figure 13

Feed the cable housing out and the steel cable through the slot (red arrow). Then, unhook the hood release handle cable end from the latch pull.

Now it is time to replace the cable that runs to the release handle.
Figure 14

Now it is time to replace the cable that runs to the release handle. I like to attach mechanic's wire to the cable end (red arrow). Then pull the cable through the interior. Once the cable is though, attach the mechanic's wire to the new cable and pull it back through.

Working at the lower trim panel above the pedal cluster, remove the T25 Torx screw (red arrow).
Figure 15

Working at the lower trim panel above the pedal cluster, remove the T25 Torx screw (red arrow).

Pull the panel forward about two inche-, then down.
Figure 16

Pull the panel forward about two inche-, then down. During this step you are detaching the panel clips (red arrows) from the instrument panel.

Lower the trim panel enough to access the footwell light electrical connector.
Figure 17

Lower the trim panel enough to access the footwell light electrical connector. Disconnect the electrical connector by releasing the clip and pulling it straight out.

Pull the panel down to detach the air duct (red arrow) while feeding the hood release handle through the slot (green arrow).
Figure 18

Pull the panel down to detach the air duct (red arrow) while feeding the hood release handle through the slot (green arrow).

Working at the release handle, pull the cable down and remove the cable end from the handle (green arrow).
Figure 19

Working at the release handle, pull the cable down and remove the cable end from the handle (green arrow).

Pull the cable-retaining clip (red arrow) off the cable.
Figure 20

Pull the cable-retaining clip (red arrow) off the cable. Then feed the cable out of the mount in the direction of the green arrow. When reinstalling, use the square boss (yellow arrow) to adjust the cable length as needed.

In order the get the cable out, I like to lift the main fuse panel up to make room.
Figure 21

In order the get the cable out, I like to lift the main fuse panel up to make room. Release the two clips (green arrows). Then lift the fuse panel up and lay it aside.

Have a friend pull the cable through to the interior as you feed it through.
Figure 22

Have a friend pull the cable through to the interior as you feed it through. Be sure the mechanic's wire remains attached. This part is key to reinstall the new cable. If you have to do this part alone, work in small increments to be sure the cable doesn't snag. Reinstall the cables and latches in the reverse steps of removal. Check the operation of your hood release cables by closing the latches with a flathead screwdriver and releasing them with the handle. If all is well, install the fan relay mount and reassemble the interior. If the hood doesn't latch low enough to the latches or too tightly, adjust the hood latch height using the slotted holes on the latches.

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