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Old 10-18-2013, 09:02 PM   #1
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Hood cable broken.......Newmar '04 KSGas Workhorse

THe pull handle to operate the hood latch has always been real hard to pull. I have learned that if you close the hood carefully and don't let it slam, it works a little better. I had it open yesterday, checked the engine, added a quart of oil, and but some WD 40 on the hood catch. This afternoon I went to open it, and it wouldn't open so I uses two hands. The hood did not open, but all at once the T handle came loose and freely moves in and out. It appears that the cable and handle are in a factory made housing. I have no clue as what to do. I would assume I could buy anew cable /handle assembly, but how am I going to get the hood open to replace things? Of course if someone can suggest how to fix the old one, that is an even better idea.

I love this forum, and have countless things I have learned and been helped with on IRV 2, so I respect and appreciate your suggestions. Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-18-2013, 09:13 PM   #2
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On our Dutch Star I can see up to the latch from below, not sure if I could reach the latch mechanism though as I've never needed to try. Even if you can't reach the latch you might be able to loosen the bolts holding the lower "bumper" and get some clearance. I'm assuming here that yo have a generator on a slideout tray.
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Old 10-20-2013, 09:17 PM   #3
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On our Dutch Star I can see up to the latch from below, not sure if I could reach the latch mechanism though as I've never needed to try. Even if you can't reach the latch you might be able to loosen the bolts holding the lower "bumper" and get some clearance. I'm assuming here that yo have a generator on a slideout tray.
Likewise on our Dutch Star. When my gen hatch latch jammed, I just slid under the front bumper and I could see and reach the latch mechanism from below. If you can gain similar access, just grasp the release cable with pliers to release the latch. Once opened, I didn't just spray with WD-40, I demounted the whole assembly, thoroughly cleaned and lubed, and reinstalled. While you're at it, shoot some WD40 into the cable sheath proper, so it slides with minimal resistance. Right up there in the front, that latch catches all sorts of road grit all the time.
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