How to Open Toyota Hood

Vehicle:   Toyota
Difficulty: ⚫⚪⚪⚪⚪
DIY Cost: $0
Est. Time: 5 min

In this guide, you will find step-by-step instructions on how to open the hood on a Toyota.

This guide will help you open the hood on many models, including Toyota Camry, Corolla, Rav4, 4Runner,  Land Cruiser, Supra, Prius, Tacoma, Yaris, etc. At the end of this guide, you will find tips that will help you open a stuck Toyota hood. 

Procedure

  1. Park your vehicle on level ground. If your Toyota is locked, follow this guide on how to unlock a Toyota manually. 
  2. Turn off the ignition and set the parking brakes. Move the shifter to Park position. On Park

     

  3. Pull the hood release under the dashboard. You should hear the hood pop open.  Hood Release Lever

     

  4. Go to the front of the car. Lift the hood a little and slide your hand under the hood, which should be popped up slightly. If the hood has not raised about one inch, pull the hood release again. Hood Release 1 Here is a closer look at the hood latch on a Toyota. Hood Release 2

     

  5. Lift the hood and use the prop rod to keep it open. If your Toyota has hydraulic supports, ensure it can stay open on its own.  Toyota hood supports can get weaker over time and cause the hood to fall, or the hood won't stay open. 

Can't Open Toyota Hood

Toyota hood stuck won't open

In some cases, a Toyota hood may not open when you try to pull the hood release. The first thing you need to do is inspect the hood release under the dashboard to make sure the cable is still attached to the handle. 

Next, get a friend to help you and try the following procedure. 

  1. Please have a friend place the palms of their hand on the hood right above the hood latch (by the Toyota logo), push down, and keep the pressure on the hood downwards. 
  2. While your friend keeps the hood pressed down, you pull the hood release under the dashboard and keep it pulled out. 
  3. Ask your friend to insert their fingers under the hood and lift it. In most cases, the hood will pop open. 
  4. Open the hood and support it with the prop rod. 

In most cases, this simple procedure will allow you to open a stuck Toyota hood. You will need a friend to help you. You can't complete this step with one person. 

How to open the Toyota hood with a broken cable

Toyota hood won't open broken cable

If your Toyota hood cable is broken, there are a few possible ways to open the hood: 

  1. If the cable has come off the release under the dashboard, you can use pliers to pull on the cable head or reinstall the handle. 
  2. If the hood latch breaks the cable, remove the splash shield under the vehicle. Use a long screwdriver or hook to access and release the hood latch. 
  3. In some cases, you may be able to use a screwdriver to access the hood release through the front grill. This does not work on all models. 
By YOUCANIC Automotive Experts
Nov 2020