2001 Toyota Sequoia safety latch rod dissconnected. How do I manually open the hood?

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Old 18 Mar 2014, 12:39 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2001 Toyota Sequoia safety latch rod dissconnected. How do I manually open the hood?

The primary hood release inside the vehicle works - it disengages the main hood locking mechanism. The secondary release is a safety latch activated by a rod, the lever of which is located under and below the front grill. The rod has become disconnected at the upper latch end and I cannot see or figure out how to reattach it. How does one manually disengage the safety latch? I've pushed on the latch parts with a screw driver that I can see, but nothing budges. I am stumped and can nothing on-line about this problem.

The safety latch on a Sequoia is activated by an outside, under the grill lever attached to a rod, This rod somehow attaches to the main hood locking mechanism at the top, but has come loose at this point. There is no finger lever on these models.
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Old 18 Mar 2014, 12:55 pm   #2 (permalink)
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There should be a "hook finger" catching on to the hood latch bar. Shine a light up under the hood an see if you can locate it. put your screw driver in there and pop it back. It is totally separate from the main latch. pushing on the latch will do no good.
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