Re: [MBZ] W124 Hood Won't Release

2015-07-25 Thread Curly McLain via Mercedes

Hi Gang -
After trying everything to get the hood open (thanks for all the 
great suggestions), I used a die grinder with a thin cutting blade 
that went through that plastic like butter!Once I had the grill 
insert cut out I thought I'd give it anohter try and see if we could 
get it open.   I asked my wife to help and while I sat on the hood, 
she tried to pull the little tab that pops through grill  when the 
release is pulled.  It seemed to move s 1/4 or so but it wasn't 
going farther than that.


So I got down and studied the situation and finally focused on 
the pull latch that sticks through the grill.  It appeared the 
threads of the bolt that holds the tab on was rubbing against the 
radiator support bar!  Sure enough, I used a screw driver  with 
almost no force, it came around that round support!Several 
months ago and many, many hood opening and closings later,  I had 
replaced the little tab that sticks through the grill.   I must have 
put the bolt in backwards and eventually, the threads on the bolt 
caught on the support and refused to let it go.


I pulled the bolt out and reversed it so it would clear from now 
on.  It was a dumb mistake which cost me around $100 for the 
replacement grill and insert plus many hours agonizing over how I'd 
get it open and finally about 3 hours to actually remove and replace 
the grill.


So it's fixed and at least the replacement grill looks better 
than my old one.


Just be forewarned -- if you must replace the little tab that 
extends through the grill, be sure to put the head of the bolt on 
the passenger side to prevent an interference.


Thanks again for helping me think through this problem -

LarryT
91 300D



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Re: [MBZ] W124 Hood Won't Release

2015-07-25 Thread LarryT via Mercedes

Hi Gang -
After trying everything to get the hood open (thanks for all the 
great suggestions), I used a die grinder with a thin cutting blade that 
went through that plastic like butter!Once I had the grill insert 
cut out I thought I'd give it anohter try and see if we could get it 
open.   I asked my wife to help and while I sat on the hood, she tried 
to pull the little tab that pops through grill  when the release is 
pulled.  It seemed to move s 1/4 or so but it wasn't going farther than 
that.


So I got down and studied the situation and finally focused on the 
pull latch that sticks through the grill.  It appeared the threads of 
the bolt that holds the tab on was rubbing against the radiator support 
bar!  Sure enough, I used a screw driver  with almost no force, it came 
around that round support!Several months ago and many, many hood 
opening and closings later,  I had replaced the little tab that sticks 
through the grill.   I must have put the bolt in backwards and 
eventually, the threads on the bolt caught on the support and refused to 
let it go.


I pulled the bolt out and reversed it so it would clear from now 
on.  It was a dumb mistake which cost me around $100 for the replacement 
grill and insert plus many hours agonizing over how I'd get it open and 
finally about 3 hours to actually remove and replace the grill.


So it's fixed and at least the replacement grill looks better than 
my old one.


Just be forewarned -- if you must replace the little tab that 
extends through the grill, be sure to put the head of the bolt on the 
passenger side to prevent an interference.


Thanks again for helping me think through this problem -

LarryT
91 300D
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Re: [MBZ] W124 Hood Won't Release

2015-07-25 Thread WILTON via Mercedes

ATTABOY!

Wilton

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Sent: Saturday, July 25, 2015 9:40 PM
Subject: Re: [MBZ] W124 Hood Won't Release



Hi Gang -
After trying everything to get the hood open (thanks for all the 
great suggestions), I used a die grinder with a thin cutting blade that 
went through that plastic like butter!Once I had the grill insert 
cut out I thought I'd give it anohter try and see if we could get it 
open.   I asked my wife to help and while I sat on the hood, she tried 
to pull the little tab that pops through grill  when the release is 
pulled.  It seemed to move s 1/4 or so but it wasn't going farther than 
that.


So I got down and studied the situation and finally focused on the 
pull latch that sticks through the grill.  It appeared the threads of 
the bolt that holds the tab on was rubbing against the radiator support 
bar!  Sure enough, I used a screw driver  with almost no force, it came 
around that round support!Several months ago and many, many hood 
opening and closings later,  I had replaced the little tab that sticks 
through the grill.   I must have put the bolt in backwards and 
eventually, the threads on the bolt caught on the support and refused to 
let it go.


I pulled the bolt out and reversed it so it would clear from now 
on.  It was a dumb mistake which cost me around $100 for the replacement 
grill and insert plus many hours agonizing over how I'd get it open and 
finally about 3 hours to actually remove and replace the grill.


So it's fixed and at least the replacement grill looks better than 
my old one.


Just be forewarned -- if you must replace the little tab that 
extends through the grill, be sure to put the head of the bolt on the 
passenger side to prevent an interference.


Thanks again for helping me think through this problem -

LarryT
91 300D
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