its rather easy, instead of removing the whole thing all you have to do is bend it up so you have access to the area where the ecu is. All I do is remove weather stripping and lift up on the cowl and bend it out of the way just enough so it doesn't crackI'd really like to know how you do this.
In my experience all I have to do is 'look' at the cowl the wrong way and I break the clips that go under the windshield.its rather easy, instead of removing the whole thing all you have to do is bend it up so you have access to the area where the ecu is. All I do is remove weather stripping and lift up on the cowl and bend it out of the way just enough so it doesn't crack
That totally reminded me of the Lord of the rings trilogy, not the movies the books of course!well, I got it open....
It was a struggle to say the least.
For starters going up from underneath is a non starter, there is only one path of access it is in front of the battery. There is room for one skinny arm and when I got up inside I could feel the cable and pull on it to no avail and when I got to the cable end at the latch there is no way to get enough of a purchase to pull the cable because at that point you are trying to release both latches simultaneously with bare fingers on the steel cable and there's no room for pliers.
I moved over the the right front, I peeked inside the area through a small opening just behind the side marker light and I could clearly see the latch and cable end. I figured if I could get something long, narrow and stiff enough I could push the latch.
Searching through my collection of stuff I found a piece of steel four feet long one inch wide and an eighth inch thick, perfect!
I pulled up the hood to increase the opening size, jammed in a piece of rubber and masked the opening to protect from scratching. I stuck the steel in and voila! the familiar 'pong!' rang out as the latch released, yay I thought.... half way there.
I moved over to the driver's side and no sooner did I pry up the hood to see what kind of access I had to work with (you called it Milt) the far side latched with authority. Fark!
At this point it didn't really matter because there was no way to get into the latch area on the driver's side. I could see from looking through the hole that there was structure in the way plus I have my 99 parked right beside and I could see there was no way through. It was a god send to have the second car right there for comparison, it was a huge time saver.
While pondering my next move it dawned on me that the driver's side corner light had a suspect tab on it where it bolts onto the headlight assembly. It was at this point I was prepared to sacrifice some body work or the light, I grabbed the light and pulled. The light popped out and right away I could see the cable hanging down right next to the neck of the washer fluid reservoir.
I pulled the cable and got nothing, pondered for another few seconds and then I attached the cable tightly to the washer fluid reservoir, went to the release handle, pulled and 'PONG!' up pops the hood.
Had the wire tie not worked the next option was going to be to practice some "coat hanger technology" and reach in and pull the cable with a hooked end.
So there's the long sordid tale and there's the way in for future reference.