Hi Need your help ! 1998 -2003 XJ8. I assume the Hood / Bonnet latch operations are the same.
The Driver side of the Hood / Bonnet releases and Pops up fine. The Passenger side does not budge. How can I get access to the passenger side latch to operate the latch?
Here is what I have done with no success:
I had someone hold on the interior hood release and pryed and pulled up on the passenger side with no success.
I pulled the passenger side plastic wheel housing shield an drilled a couple of holes , but when I insert a coat hanger wire to explore their is obstructions---most likely the Box that contains the computer and electronic modules?? I also probed the Fastener holes that secure the wheel housing shield. NO Luck
I was next going to attempt to get it open by slipping a hacksaw blade thru to the latch from the rear lip of the bonnet / hood ? but i need your help with some measurements and information to locate the tip of the passenger side latch.
Can some one give me some measurements / Distance from the rear lip of the bonnet / hood to the latch actuator lever / tip and the measurement from the outside edge (fender side) of the bonnet / hood to the latch actuator tip ?
I also need to know if the Latch lever tip is on the passenger fender side of the latch or the other side, toward the throttle body?
If I can get a thin blade inserted from the rear lip of the bonnet / hood do I need to push the Latch lever Tip toward the front of the vehicle, or pull it back toward the windshield ??
Your help and input Greatly Appreciated