Re: [DML] Re: Help! Truck cable broken!
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Re: [DML] Re: Help! Truck cable broken!

On 2/26/06, David Teitelbaum <jtrealty@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I have seen that work. The other possability is that you may still be
> able to get a hold of the inner cable. You might have to cut the outer
> cable back to get a grip on it but it is still easier than chopping up
> the latch. Get a vise-grip and go hunting under the dash. Maybe try
> pulling on the outer and inner cable while someone tries lifting the
> hood.

No deal on that one. I tried it and quite frankly don't know what the
author of that procedure was smoking. The cable is made up of four

1. Outer sheath.
2. Wrapped metal.
3. Soft plastic material ("inner cable?").
4. The actual cable.

I don't see how pulling on the plastic inner stuff will help at all.
That terminates on the block just before the release mechanism in the
trunk; yanking it won't do anything to release the mechanism. Yanking
the outer cable won't do a darn thing, either; it's mount does not
actuate the release. Only the actual cable - the part that breaks -
connects to the release mech. Once it's broken, you're screwed.

Also, getting the metal unwrapped enough to expose the inner material
was extremely difficult and cut my hands up. No fun. :(

I'm quite thankful I had the electric release installed and was able
to get in by fishing those wires out. I've routed those into the car
and hooked them up now. I also installed an emergency cable that will
get me in if the electric release AND the replacement cable fail.
Although, considering I plan to use the electric release from now on,
I doubt the replacement cable will ever fail since it won't see any

> You have to use a broomstick to move the carpet and backing out
> of the way if you are going to try that trick from underneath. It
> won't work if there is anything in the trunk.

I don't see that working unless my backing is different from everyone
else's. Mine is a wooden type material, quite stiff, and it's big
enough that it can't be moved out of the way while still in the trunk.
I suppose you could LIFT it with a broomstick - that might get it high
enough to get at the lever - but it can't be moved much in any other

Now, going up through the dash and actuating the release through the
hole where the cable passes - that might work. You'd need a metal tool
of some sort, but that hole is fairly good sized (mine is at least
3/4") and only a couple of inches away from the release mechanism.


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