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post #1 of 23 Old 04-20-2014, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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Hood latch won't release

This is a new one for me. I went to check my oil today, and my hood latch won't release. I got a flashlight under there and somehow stuffed my meaty claw to where the latch is. It feels like when the release is engaged, it's not actuating the latch at all, and I can't get it to release from the latch itself manually.

Hope the dealer can get it open without having to disassemble the entire hood. I'll update after I get my appointment set tomorrow and get it fixed hopefully soon.

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post #2 of 23 Old 04-20-2014, 08:36 PM
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I would try putting downward pressure on the hood while someone pulls the lever. Worth a try?

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Kind of like giving CPR, maybe a quick push downward and then a release might do the trick.

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Tried it. Didn't work. I think the cable to the latch is severed, since there's no feeling of actuation in the latch at all when I twist the release.

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Or they forgot to attach it
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Which latch lever are you talking about?
The black one in the cabin, or the yellow one under the hood?
This sort of thing has always been a fear of mine, never had it happen, but...
This is the first failure to open that I have ever heard of - please keep us posted as to the resolution.
Will be good info for all of us to know
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The latch under the hood, not the lever in the car. As in, the hood pops up, but the yellow swivel switch under the hood is no longer releasing the latch from under the hood.

It worked fine a week ago when I cleaned my air filter, so something has broken or gone very wrong since then.

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This "new" hood release design worries me too compared to traditional hood release designs where it is center mounted and ALL metal. Ours is the plastic yellow lever with a small Bowden cable running to the center catch / latch.

In traditional hood latch designs there is a secondary safety spring catch "hook" that secures to the hood. This can be pushed (left) with a finger / screwdriver to pop the hood after the main release handle (inside car) is pulled.

Our hood latches have this secondary safety spring catch built into the main latch and not easily reached.

I can see a TSB / recall coming if this has already happened to a new Escape as hood latches never have troubles that I have seen until 100K miles or you rear ended another car or a deer !

@OP definitely let us know how Ford resolves / gains access.

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Mine opens but with difficulty. I have to try several time to get it to release. Dont like the setup.

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Agreed about the "stupid" and complex design. I've worked with many European engineers over the years, and they definitely do over complicate things - don't know why, they just do. (Sometimes, I think they do this just to prove how "smart" and "clever" they are. Good engineering - like I have been doing for over 35 years strictly adheres to the K.I.S.S. principal - this has never failed me, and has allowed me to advance very far into my career.)

So far mine works OK, but I do worry - the hardware seems cheap and flimsy.
Mine works, but I don't feel that is works smoothly - this is a problem that is waiting to happen. I know that eventually one of the cable ends on the cable between the yellow handle and the secondary latch is going to slip off (I've seen this on motorcycle brake and clutch cables - parts that need ultra high reliabilty -so I'm sure a hood release cable is not in the same "league" and may be more prone to failure.)

Little issues like this can make a car seem like "a piece of junk"!

Maybe one of our Ford reps can pass our concerns on to Ford engineering.
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