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1978 300cd hood release broken

I just bought a 1978 300 CD yesterday, and now the hood latch is broken. It worked fine when i was at the previous owners house, and now when i pull the lever under the dash nothing happens. The hood will not open now, and i was wondering if anyone has tackled a similar issue. I do not see any access from under the car, and did not see a way to remove the grill from the front. I imagine that the cable has slipped out, because there is still tension when i pull the release under the dash.

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I just had a similar issue, I was able to grab hold of the cable with a pair of pliers while my girl pushed on the bonnet. She pushed then released, pushed then released while I kept tension the cable. Eventually it popped. Good luck
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Yea, sometimes it takes a team. If you are by yourself, pull the cable and drive over acouple of bumps at low speed(the curb of a driveway works). If you do get it open grease all the components for next time.
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Thanks for the information. I will take a run at it during lunch today, and hope for she pops open.
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I don't know if mine is similar in my sl, but the hood release continually gets stuck. The release has drag on it, so the cable isn't broken. I was going to pull the cable an lube it, but it runs through the fender before heading back through the cowl. Too much of a nightmare.

But I can manually release the hood through the grill. Right through the star with a screwdriver. Get a flashlight and look through to see how it releases. Once open, you can spray the cable, but that didn't help mine.

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Thank you for the information. Hood is now open and I am off to the next challenge.
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.... and now when i pull the lever under the dash nothing happens. The hood will not open now, and i was wondering if anyone has tackled a similar issue. I do not see any access from under the car, and did not see a way to remove the grill from the front. I imagine that the cable has slipped out, because there is still tension when i pull the release under the dash.

Thanks for your time with this question
On these cars the hood itself sticks, meaning, that even when you release the latch the hood does not open even though it is released.
Remedy: grease or oil the spring next to the release.....
If that is not fixed usually people unbeknownst keep pulling on the lever past the point of release and wear out the cable end (snap off the cable ending) and release lever (breaking off the bracket) ....
It's the end result.....

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My W123's release lever broke since the cable was tight (maybe poor lubrication). I believe the cable needs replacement and so goes for my release lever.

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