Date registered: Apr 2006
Vehicle: 560SEC, 1988; 500SE, 1984; 500SL, 1983
Location: New York, NY
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ok, just to close this thread for future reference in case anyone has a similar issue, i.e broken hood release cable or stuck hood on a 560SEC
My issue was I replaced the hood mechanism on the drivers side and reconnected the cable wrongly (my bad!), so the passenger side popped up but the driver side wold not when the lever was pulled. No amount of pulling would open it as the wire was not connected to the mechanism.
What I did was to buy some thin screwdrivers, actually I got valve seal tools, and bent them to form a hook. There's a small gap top right of the grill where you can see the wire and mechanism. You need a torch, but the wire is clear. If you are dealing with a broken release handle you can actually pull the wire here to release the hood quite easily.
For me, I needed to work the mechanism, so I bent the tool so that I could hook it onto the lever that pops the hood, seen in the following pics. The lever on the left of the mechanism is the one that pops the hood, and it bends to the right. It honestly took me ages to recognise the part though the small hole in the grill, but with the old sample I could see it and work out where to go with the hook.
With the hook connected you do not need a lot of force to open. Then you just need to unhook, and reward yourselff with a cold one.
Hope this helps someone one day, this forum has been good to me in the past!