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Im feeling really stupid right now. I was trying to accomplish several things tonight on our 2013 chevy cruze. Started of changing the belt tensioner and belt. I got that finished and i moved onto installing the new hood latch. Installed the latch then shut the hood to see if that fuxed the problem or not. Unfortunately i forgot to hook up the cable to the new latch. Now hood is shut and of course hood open is still on the dash, but i cant figure out how to get the hood open since the cable isnt hooked up. I removed the plastic from underneath but i cant get to it. Could someone please help me with this if anyone has done this before.
 

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Bummer. Without the hood release cable attached, getting the mechanism to open looks like it’s going to be a tough one.

I took a few pics of my ‘14 with the hood open to perhaps help ‘see’ where everything is located.

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I could be wrong but I think in order to remove the grille you need to have the hood open so that won’t be an option.

Hopefully a Gearhead like @ChevyGuy or @Robby has a secret mechanic’s trick to pop the latch without using the cable.

Short of that, and as a LAST RESORT (emphasis added), it looks like you could drill two holes through the grille (see last photo) and then drill through a plastic shroud to access the two hood mechanism bolts.

To get through the shroud, you’ll need a drill bit that’s about 12-15” long with a big enough diameter to accommodate a 1/2” or 13mm socket.

Then it would be a 15-20” extension with socket to reach the bolts.

Again, hopefully there’s a better way or trick that doesn’t involve ‘modifiying’ your grille. Good luck!
 

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I have nothing to offer except a suggestion.

Body shops run into this often......car hit in the nose...undamaged hood and must minimize further damage.

So, with that in mind, stop by a body shop and get their thoughts (or get the situation rectified).

Rob
 

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Was replacing the latch cable easy? I had my cable break and took it to the dealer so they could open it and now they are asking for $698 if I want them to replace the cable since opening the hood was difficult for them??
 
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