Volvo is known for dependable and rugged cars and trucks, but all cars have minor elements that will occasionally fail or need attention – enter the hood release. Over the years, your Volvo Hood Release Cable will fray and break, but that’s no occasion for worry, because replacing the broken cable is an easy job. A broken Volvo Hood Release Cable is not difficult to replace and is relatively inexpensive. Your Volvo Hood Release Cable links the hood release lever to your vehicle’s hood release mechanism. Your car or truck’s Volvo Hood Release Cable is a thin steel cable that might fray and break and need to be immediately replaced before the hood can be opened.
Download the PDF: How to adjust the hood release cable on all FWD and AWD Volvos up to and including model year 2000 (North American model year).
Hood release fix
I had an annoying problem with my 2000 V70 XC and I couldn’t find any references to figure out and fix the problem. When I pulled the hood release handle inside the car, the driver’s side hood latch would still be locked when I tried to open the hood.
I would have to pull the handle a few times and eventually it would unlock the driver’s side latch or I would get someone to pull and hold the latch while I lifted the hood. Needless to say, this drove me nuts. I then began to examine the car using the one diagram I had of the hood latch release. I would assume that this adjustment would work on a number of Volvo models, but I am unsure. What follows is the method I used. This method seems to work perfectly, but your mileage may vary!
MVS forum member bigkev414 asks:
A simple question from a simpleton……some time during its life my S70 had a bang on the front side (the evidence is there) the hood is not properly fitted because there is a gap on one side of about 5/16″ and only about 1/8″ on the driver’s side. One of the releases doesn’t always let the “U” bracket come up and out of the jaws in the latch and I can’t open the hood. How can I re-align and centre the hood?
Please note the US terms I have used here in the spirit of co-operation between allies.
thanks a lot………..Kev
Volvo Forum topics
Or view the Volvo Forum topics discussing how to adjust each of the hood latches that hold the hood down: