How to Fix Broken Hood Release Handle




Introduction: How to Fix Broken Hood Release Handle

I bought a 1996 Honda Civic EX.
The plastic latch to pop the hood was broke off, but I was still able to pull the cable with pliers.

I was thinking to get a new Cable release handle from a scrapyard but what if it break again...
So i decided to make one that would not break somehow.

Step 1:

This was my solution to the problem. A T-Handle Tap Wrench.

Step 2:

To install it simply remove some plastic at the tip of the handle cable.

Step 3:

Cut the T-Handle Tap Wrench handle to the length you want. I use a dremel to cut the handle.

Step 4:

Insert the T-Handle Tap Wrench on the tip of the cable handle and tight the T-Handle Tap Wrench around it.
That's all there is to it, simple and solid.

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    Question 6 months ago

    Mine doesn't work at all. The handle is still on there. I've asked a couple friends of mine that are big guys to try and they can't either.
    Someone has to pull the hood release and someone else lift the hood.
    So anytime I need to get under the hood of my car I need someone else to help me.
    Since I left my husband 8 months ago, I was thinking it would be good to get that fixed somehow.


    3 years ago

    This is exactly the kind of solution I was looking for. Thank you. Will try it out next week & report back.


    5 years ago

    Ha thats a great idea
    I had the same problem but i would just keep one of my football gloves near it and put it on for extra gip and pull
    Its very easy


    Great idea. We have the same problem with our Civic. Keep a small pliers in there for now, but definitely going to use this great solution you came up with! Thank you