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2000 Mercury Mountaineer Question: On my 2000 Moutaineer the hood won't open. You see a rusty latch trying to move.

 

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driving a ford now, 5.0L V8, Holyoke, MA, November 21, 2011, 17:25
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The rusty hood latch behind the grill still has the cable attached and tight on both ends (Release Lever in truck) I wish there was a way to get some grease on that latch or better yet get the hood opened first....

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, November 21, 2011, 20:16
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    Can you open the hood at all, try getting a good application of spray on the latching mechanism. WD40 is well known but not great, Liquid wrench or Worth make better penetrating oil that may free up the latch.

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    driving a ford now, November 22, 2011, 07:21
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    Nope I can't open the hood at all. I'll give your idea a try but was thinking WD-40 but the ones you suggested are better. I was just worried if a little over spray would hurt the radiator? Thanks for the tip I'll let you know if it works...

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