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Broken hood release cable. How to pop hood?

This is a discussion on Broken hood release cable. How to pop hood? within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Originally Posted by SSwt00SS everything is going well. almost too well......

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    everything is going well. almost too well...

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    I picked up a new radiator but it has an extra tube on the backside lower left corner that the OEM does not has. I'm gonna pick up a used one tomorrow and see if it's good. Only $20, so not like I'd be out much if it's no good.

    If it's good, I'll return the new one and get $$$ back. If not, then I need to find a way to plug and cap the new radiator to use. I'll post pics later. Getting ready for a 5-game guaranteed softball tourney that starts in 30 minutes.


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    new radiator is in, no leaks, no problems. also changed the oil.

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    now i need to trace a possible oil leak. still looking for a set of formula foglights as well.

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    you can install a set of pep boys 55watt fogs.......4 1/2.......fit perfect.......ask me how i know :P

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    can you provide a part/model number. their website sucks.

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    well, i believe the waterpump is the cause of the coolant leak i now seem to have.

    with the car idling, i traced a leak to the bottom of the waterpump, but could not locate the direct source of the leak because the waterpump pulley was in the way.

    am i to assume that the weephole for the for the waterpump is in that location?

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    Seems like the best idea for you would be to go to your local auto parts store, they sell UV fluid that you put into your radiator. Run it for a little while and grab a black light. Trace the glow. Thats what i ended up doing, found a pin size hole in one of my hoses

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    well, i pulled the waterpump, and the cover that is on the backside looks dry. i have not removed the 5 bolts that hold the cover on. not sure if i need to. also noticed that the gasket on the drivers side looks like it could be suspect. all the orange gaksets were smaller than the metal gaskets that surround them.

    so now i need to figure out what i need/should do next. do i pop off the cover, just replace the gaskets, or what? i've actually never done a waterpump on these cars before. i have the waterpump off my 2000 SS with maybe 34k on it upstairs that i could put back on.

    thoughts and suggestions are most welocme.

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    Honestly, I would just replace the pump and gaskets whether the cause be the pump itself or the gaskets. Better to be safe than sorry.

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    I have a tool for it but im a fireman and i will get it open. its just a matter of how pretty it will look.

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    Im going to look at my car today and see if I can figure out something to help out with minimal damage.
    i want....

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    Quote Originally Posted by cammed goat View Post
    Honestly, I would just replace the pump and gaskets whether the cause be the pump itself or the gaskets. Better to be safe than sorry.
    ill take some pics of the water pump and the gaskets that came off with it. i think the water pump is still good, just bad gaskets. these gaskets look nothing like the gaskets that are off the water pump to the SS.

    i'm also gonna test the thermostat to make sure that it's doing its job and not increasing pressure which would cause a 'forced' leak elsewhere.

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    i want....
    i keep picturing what those would do to a pumpkin...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cammed goat View Post
    Honestly, I would just replace the pump and gaskets whether the cause be the pump itself or the gaskets. Better to be safe than sorry.
    Thats what I would do also.

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    Had the same thing on my GTO.

    Quote Originally Posted by SSwt00SS View Post
    Well, apparently broke the hood release cable on the '99 Formula I just picked up. Currently not able to release the hood latch in order to raise the hood.

    I tried pulling the cable, but it doesn't feel like it's still attached to the hood release mechanism, so I pushed it back through the friewall and into the engine compartment.

    So the question remains: How do I pop the hood in its current state?
    I'm not sure on the Formulas but on the GTO I had to get it up on stands. look under the bumper cover and found a plastic cover that blocks off the bottom (I'm guessing to flow more air through the radiator) . It has 4 push in clips. Removed those and removed the cover . Looked up in the top area and found where the cable runs. Removed the screws from the small cooler on the front and bent the small bracket out of the way enough that i could get my arm inside. I could reach the release from there , pulled down on the hood with one hand and pushed the release with the other. Took a couple tries but it popped open fairly easy. If you don't have the correct tools to pull the pins on the clips expect some skint hands.
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