Thanx man that actually sounds doable. I'll see what I can find for a rod and give it a try. Will report my findings after work ?I was just out fiddling with my latch to see if there's anything I could add... all I can say is that it looks like you should be able to trip the latch with a long rod stuck up through the frame, past the front motor mount, up between the fans. Get it in between the black metal "housing" that's over the rear of the latch and the front (grille side) of the latch, and wiggle the rod to push the end of the rod toward the driver's side. There's not much else right there in the middle of the latch, so hitting the right bit should be possible (if fiddly).
So after gathering some key points you hit, I think what I need to do is first apply a nice coat of wd40 to the side of the latch that's facing the grill (which is doable since I removed all the bolts that were holding it down), then I may need to put at least one of the bolts back in to hold the latch steady as I try to trip the latch mechanism with the rod. Wish I could remove the fans to have more room to move around down there. Unfortunately I'm in Florida right now and have been dealing with a tropical storm so I'll have to wait til the weather clears up. Will report my findings thanks for all your help so farLooking at my MDX, it certainly appears there is a clear path from under the car, up between the radiator fans to the lock mechanism, and that a rod of some sort could push the latch mechanism to the side. The rod should enter the mechanism in just inside the black metal "housing", to the passenger side of the latch, and the rod should be used to press the inside of the mechanism to the driver's side. I haven't had time to actually try this, but it's the only way I can imagine that you could get the latch to trip. It doesn't seem like there would be a lot of resistance, but I'm wondering if a gummed up or rusted latch wasn't Og92's original problem... the latch should trip VERY easily when you pull the release - if it was hard to pull, that could indicate a problem with the latch itself, beyond the broken cable. Maybe some well-aimed lube would help, or possibly having someone push down on the nose of the hood at the latch while you're trying to trip the latch with a rod might help.
After many long rainy days of waiting. I am more than proud to say I finally got the dam thing open :grin: . The overall steps were: unscrew all bolts with smallest rachet I could find. Create as much space between the inside housing of hood latch and car frame/radiator. Then spray inside housing with wd40 (preferably with the straw but of course I lost that). I thought about letting it soak in for like a day, but I ran out of patience a few weeks ago so I went ahead and gave it a try seconds after applying said wd40. I reach in there to feel for hood latch mechanism lever and.... Clunk clink... BEEP BEEP goes the sound of the beautiful alarm as I look up to see an ejected hood. Now the next challenge is getting the cable reattached.One suggestion is to use something else after you hit the latch with WD-40. WD-40 has almost no lubricating qualities - just a touch of very light oil (spray a bunch into a cap sometime, and see what's left when the carrier evaporates). I use a white lithium grease spray, though really any spray lubricant should help, if the problem is that the mechanism is gummed up.