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    Any body know how to open 2010 sprinter hood......

    .....when the release cable is broken up near hood latch...

    ..I can't get my hood to open due to broken cable...any one know the work around..


    Thanks for any help



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    Re: Any body know how to open 2010 sprinter hood......

    I know there is a thread on sprinter source forum on how to open it and tighten the cable.

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    Re: Any body know how to open 2010 sprinter hood......

    ImageUploadedByEO Forums1370624690.675031.jpg just one idea.....maybe an expensive one.
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    Re: Any body know how to open 2010 sprinter hood......

    hmmm......don't like that idea!!

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    Re: Any body know how to open 2010 sprinter hood......

    I just looked at mine sorry to say I got nothing. I think I would be calling a service center and asking for advice.

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    Re: Any body know how to open 2010 sprinter hood......

    Quote Originally Posted by Hightech_Hobo View Post
    hmmm......don't like that idea!!
    Can't say I blame you a bit. I'm no help. Sorry
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    Re: Any body know how to open 2010 sprinter hood......

    Well if Murraycroexp's idea is a no go you might be able to go through the grill. I am not familiar with Sprinters but I had the same thing happen to my car when I was a broke student. I could see the hood latch through the grill opening and I pulled the cable out as far as I could and cut it. Then I just stripped the black plastic off and I was able to pull the cable by hand.

    FYI: For a nice sporty look just completely remove the latch and install hood pins.


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    Re: Any body know how to open 2010 sprinter hood......

    Forgive my Mercedes disdain but, if the design thinking follows, only a Mercedes dealer will have the tool, it will take 15 minutes to fix, and cost you $1,300 or so...

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    Re: Any body know how to open 2010 sprinter hood......

    I would have held that thought til the $printer sold.
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    Re: Any body know how to open 2010 sprinter hood......

    Quote Originally Posted by zorry View Post
    I would have held that thought til the $printer sold.
    I'm not telling any secrets. OVM will tell you that fixing a Sprinter outside of the Mercedes racket will save zillions....

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    Re: Any body know how to open 2010 sprinter hood......

    Let us know the solution.

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    Re: Any body know how to open 2010 sprinter hood......

    I had it happen on my '05 Sprinter. The "fix" is ugly as home-made sin but it works.

    You have to cut a hole in the grill, left of the center and near the top of the grill, to admit your hand and a pair of Channel-lock pliers. Reach your hand up in there and feel the latch, there are a couple of extensions that you'll feel. One is the anchor point for the cable housing-- it doesn't move--, the other is the movable part of the latch. Put your Channel Lock on this so it bridges these two points, then squeeze. The hood will open.

    After that, you have a choice to make. Either buy a new cable and a new grill, or-- leave it be, and just get used to the new way of opening your hood.

    Note: I learned of this when I had a broken cable by looking at a Sprinter parked next to mine at the warehouse I was working at one morning. He was doing something like checking his oil or something, so I took a real good look at the latch mechanism and saw exactly how it worked and what it was like underneath where you have to reach up with the tool. If you can find a similar model year Sprinter- it doesn't have to be exactly the same year, these things don't change much from year to year--it pays to have a look, get a "feel" for exactly what you're reaching for, and have a go at it. In any case, the job will have to be done through the grill, and since the grill could only be removed after you had the hood open you'll just have to cut a hole in it.

    I hit the jackpot here-- it shows what you're reaching for. Look at the picture below. On the left side of the latch, where the cable connects, see the two extensions. One is the fixed point the cable housing mounts to, the other is the moving part the cable core connects to. You'll have to feel for it from underneath, but-- that's what you're looking for.

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    Re: Any body know how to open 2010 sprinter hood......

    Quote Originally Posted by westmicher View Post
    I'm not telling any secrets. OVM will tell you that fixing a Sprinter outside of the Mercedes racket will save zillions....
    I just bought some stuff from Euro parts for about $300...about $1,500 at the dealers!!! Sprinter ownership takes some thinking and planning...
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    Re: Any body know how to open 2010 sprinter hood......

    Could someone be proactive and put a back-up pull cord on prior cable breaking ?
    Does present cable need lubing to prolong it's life ?
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    Re: Any body know how to open 2010 sprinter hood......

    Quote Originally Posted by zorry View Post
    Could someone be proactive and put a back-up pull cord on prior cable breaking ?
    Does present cable need lubing to prolong it's life ?
    Lubing couldn't hurt it, might help. As far as being proactive-- replacing the cable before it breaks is a good plan. Another idea, not sure if you can make it work, I'm just running an idea here: Try mounting a lever that can be reached in the event of the cable breaking. It should be easy if you're halfway inventive, and since you would do this before the cable breaks you have the advantage of not having to cut ugly holes in the grill. Once the cable breaks-- you're stuck. You either cut a hole in the grill so you can reach in with Channel-Locks, or you have to get underneath the vehicle and reach way up, probably beyond your normal reach, with some tool that can trigger the latch-- which you won't be able to see clearly from that angle. Note that you won't be able to see the latch through the grill either-- I had to go by feel when it happened to me, the advantage I had then was that I saw the latch on my friend's van and got to know how it worked.
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