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1999 dodge ram pick-up can't get the hood open, needs oil help Answered

The guy i bought it from said the hood came up on him a few times, last time it busted the windshield and bent the hinges. He put 2 bolts in it to hold it down , i take the nuts off pull the latch in the cab and nothing happens. Can anyone tell me how to get it open from the outside. Thank You

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seandogue

2 years ago

try lifting the hood. if it kept lifting on it's own, it's quite possible the latch does nothing because it's not there. Don't jsut expect it to spring load "pop", as that may n o longer be in effect. Have you actually tried just lifting the hood, now that the bolts are removed?

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cerberustugowar

2 years ago

contact previous owner?

As someone else suggested maybe a second person. Maybe they can see if you pulling the handle inside the vehicle is moving anything on the latch under the hood.?

A quick search on youtube came up with this video which is a 99 dodge ram with a hood problem. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noyTZ9gNgwo

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Vyger

2 years ago

If you have a nearby junk yard or salvage yard, whatever they call it where you are, take a trip there and look up the same truck and take pictures of the mechanism for the latch and hood. Ask about what a hood would cost, including the hinges and latch . So you have an idea of replacement cost.

Now that you know where the latch is and how it works, apply that knowledge to yours so you can free it up. If it truely is frozen consider using a saws all with a metal cutting blade to slice through the mechanise. Then replace all the parts that need replacing from the parts from the salvage yard.

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Jack A LopezVyger

Answer 2 years ago

+1 for this idea for seeking out an identical latch in a salvage yard, for to discover its secrets, and see the parts which cannot be seen in a similar hood plus latch, which is locked closed.

Your method seems so much more scientific than my suggestion about invoking animal spirits and channeling one's inner raccoon.

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Downunder35mJack A Lopez

Answer 2 years ago

Simple fact is that he would not have the problem now if the previous owner would not messed up so badly :(
But I know the problem as down here a lot of people need a new bonnet after decorating the old one with jumping wildlife while driving LOL
The bushmechanic way we use goes somehow like this:
One guy pulls the lever for the release - this often requires a strong bloke and sometimes a new handle and decent pliers.
One or better two more now tackle the bonnet.
While pushing, banging or even jumping on the other guy tires to pry it open and if it does to push the bar used to pry it open to prevent the bonnet from locking in again.
In most cases during the banging one will feel the latch moving and releasing and calls stop ;)
Sure it might not be the perfect way but sometimes brute force is the only way...

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Jack A LopezDownunder35m

Answer 2 years ago

I kind of like this idea of using two people, one inside the car wiggling the release lever, the other outside wiggling the hood.

Sometimes an extra pair of hands can be very, uh, you know... handy.
;-)

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Downunder35m

2 years ago

If in doubt a short bar of C4 will fix it ;)

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Jack A Lopez

2 years ago

Almost universally, there are two latches: one actuated by a lever inside the passenger compartment, the other right under the hood.

Of course, you've got some special trouble, because, as you say, the previous owner made some additional mods, to keep the hood closed.

I dunno. I think you're going to have to fight with it. You know: Wiggle it. Bump it. Pull. Push. Etc. If you want to use tools, besides just your bare hands, I suggest using a block of wood for those places where force a pushing force is needed, as that will be less likely to mar, dent, the metal of the hood, compared to using a hammer, crowbar, etc, against the hood directly.

I think most mammals with hands, possess an intuitive ability to open latched doors. This inborn talent is found most strongly in raccoons.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raccoon

If you cannot find a cooperative raccoon, try to find a human friend who thinks like a raccoon, and ask him or her to help you.

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Yonatan24

2 years ago

Sorry, my intuition took the day off.

More info?