2010 Hood Release Cable Loose/Broken (Latch end)

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    sidraT New Member

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    When I went to open the hood, the release handle was very slack and didn't have enough tension to unlock the hood.
    Luckily for me, since I had been doing EGR & intake manifold cleaning I had the cowl section and wiper assembly taken out so I was able to reach a long piece of dowel through that gap and pop it open at the latch.
    The cable still moves when the handle is pulled so it is attached at that end.
    I don't know if I need a new cable or if I can fix it but it does look like a piece broke, the white barrel shaped piece. Trouble is I don't know how it connects, could someone take a close up of theirs so I can compare?
    For now at least, I jerry-rigged some wire and para-cord so that I can get it open.
    Here's some photos HRC-latch-end5.jpg HRC-latch-end4.jpg HRC-latch-end2.jpg HRC-latch-end1.jpg .
     
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    More than likey the cable has partially broke, and come apart and hanging on by a few strands.
    You see that on a multispeed bicycle. Time for a new cable.
    When you pull it through the firewall, attach a wire/rope or whatever to the end the goes on the
    latch so you can attach it to the new on to make it easier to pull through.
    You can follow the cable to see how it's threaded.

     
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    It has definitely popped out of the little fork that holds it, thanks to the nylon bit breaking at the end of the sheath.

    The elegant fix would be to replace the cable.

    I wouldn't be surprised if you could make a "thereifixedit" fix work, just by holding the two parts of the nylon sheath end together, placing it back in the fork where it lives, putting a big wodge of RTV over both pieces and the fork, and waiting for it to set before trying it out.
     
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    Maybe a few cable ties...
     
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    Thanks guys. I think I'm just going to get a new one rather than try to fix this one and risk it.
    I see I can get a new one for about $25 + shipping:
    53630-47040 - Toyota Parts Deal
    It looks like some weird form-fitting shape rather than just a straight cable, and looking at the routing of the cable in my car, it disappears in behind a bunch of other stuff next to the wheel well which looks like it's gonna be a job to get to. Might have to end up taking off the wheel and inner fender cover to get access because it's probably secured with clips that need to come off. Still not sure how it fits at the latch end though, since it's something I never paid attention to before it broke. Hopefully the new one will make it obvious.
     
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    Your photos clearly show the fork that the end of the sheath should be fitted into, and just beyond that, the hook that takes the ball end of the cable. I haven't scribbled on your photos to show them, but really there isn't anything else nearby to mistake for them.
     
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    I think I see what you mean, by 'fork' you refer to the little opening to the left, and by 'hook' you mean the perpendicular bit on the moving latch part. I marked them in this image ...
    HRC-latch-connection.jpg
     
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    'zac᠎kly.

    ... words cannot express how deeply annoying I find the PriusChat dialect nanny ...
     
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