From: Mike Substelny
Date: Wed, 09 Oct 1996 10:45:57 -0400
Subject: Re: maintenance / 5 spd / trunk latch / DMC drawings


Roy Knyrim said:
>About two days ago I pulled the release lever for the front
>storage area and snapped the cable.

At the Expo Rob Grady described an emergency procedure for releasing the trunk lid with a rod. As I recall, you pull up on the lid on the passenger side and slide a thin, rigid rod into the compartment. Somehow you can reach the clasp and release it. He made it sound reasonably easy.

From: [email protected]
Date: Wed, 9 Oct 1996 23:47:00 -0400
Subject: re: hood latch

> regarding the broken hood latch cable problem.

If you are unable to flex the hood to reach the release, There is one other more dramatic solution. I am not recommending this, but it is possible.

The release cable is extremely similar to a bicycle brake cable. In fact, I replaced my inner cable with a mountain bike cable, which is stonger. You could conceivably crawl under the dash, carefully cut the outer housing of the cable to expose the inner line. Yank the inner cable and open the trunk. You would then have to replace the entire cable (inner and outer), however, I believe that a bicycle cable would work well here also. I do not believe that the cable is like the engine compartment release which is apparently more difficult to replace just the inner cable.

Good luck
Carl Newman
DMC #1704
DOA #5138

Dear Mr.Mickel,

For your trunk cable use - Bicycle Rear Brake Inner Wire 1.2mm w/teflon coating from your local bicycle shop. DeLorean World Winter 1998 page 11 shows the backup rig for the trunk and engine compartment. Don't forget to grease the latch.

Dave Sontos VIN 02573