Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2003 12:40:39 -0400
From: "LeePC" <>
Subject: Re: 98 900SE Turbo - Cant open the Hood (bonnet)

Thanx Bob I took at it this A.M. Pulling on the cable is useless. I need to get some jack stands. Every other vehicle I've owned in the past 20 years was a truck or SUV. Ground clearance was never a problem. I cant even climb under neath this car. Hahaha ..... New Toys .... New Tools. Lee "'nuther Bob" <> wrote in message news:7bjihv0s8vtl01dvh3ng1jtm362vn6rio2nopsamcom... > On Fri, 18 Jul 2003 20:32:58 -0400, "LeePC" <> > wrote: > > >A month ago I bought this from a Toyota dealer. Never knew I wanted a Saab. > >I love my new toy. > >The Problem: > >I've had the hood open a few times. The last time I had difficulties getting > >it open. > >Now I cant get it to open at all. The lever feels like the cable is > >disconnected or broken. > >How can I get to the latch to get the hood open so I can see what needs to > >be fixed or replaced? > > Since you are in distress, I just took a look at my '97 NG900. > > The first thing I would do is to remove the lever from the footwell > area and pull on the cable hard to see if you can free it. If it's > broken, you'll know that quickly. If it's stuck, you may be able to > pull it enough to make the latch move. The cable only has to pull > about 1/2" to open the hood. > > If that doesn't work, I only see one other path. You are going to > have to reach up and do it manually. It does not look like an easy > reach. Put the car up on jack stands. From underneath, remove the 2.5" > *aluminum* pipe that runs across under the radiator. That's the > intercooler pipe. It's held by pipe clamps. You might be able to just > loosen the one at the driver's side and push it down and out of the > way to work. DO NOT REMOVE THE SMALL ALUMINUM PIPES. Leave them > alone. Once you get the IC pipe out of the way, you need to reach > up to the latch area. Long arms required. The cable pulls a little > lever that is no more than an inch behind and an inch to the > (drivers) side of the giant pin that locks the hood in place. > Pull that little lever 1/2" towards the driver's side and it should > release. > > If you get it open, remove the latch mechanism, the cable, the > lever, and check it all for wear or problems. Repair whatever is > broken. (In case you're wondering, this is not an expected problem, > so there's no "standard" fix). > > Bob > > > >

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