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Hood release the hood won't pop open. i've tried pulling the cable from inside the jeep and that popped the passenger side but the driver side won't release. then i pulled the cable from under the hood from what i could reach but the driver's side still won't release... oh and can't get the head light fixture out cuz it is rusty so going in that way isn't helping either... can you help???

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  • kopechcr Dec 11, 2008

    Same problem - any clue how much the  repair is going to cost me?

  • yys83 Jan 16, 2009

    I have the exact same problem. My battery died and I can't jump it cause the hood won't open. Have you gotten it fixed? I called a mechanic and was told it would be $350 to tow the vehicle and get the hood open.

  • jeepuser Jan 16, 2009

    Same problem with only the passengers side popping open, but then the hood release broke off? Is this an easy part to replace?

  • Karl Hungus Mar 01, 2009

    My hood is popped open on the passenger side AND I pulled too hard on the lever breaking it clean off! So now I have no release lever AND a hood that pops open over every bump I drive on. How do I fix the release lever?
    Please help!

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    I have released the button inside the car but having problems getting the hood up not sure if I pull or push the release under hood not sure if its the round thing or something else

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    1998 honda civic hood will not open when pulling on release knob under dash. how else can I open the hood?

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I had the same problem with WD-40 and man power I over came it. Chances are your latch is rusting / corroded or gummed up. What I did was to lift the passenger side up a little not to much or you will bend the hood, follow the bar as far as you can and spray the release with WD-40. Have someone pull the cable and try moving the release bar on the passengers side back and forth. It may take a little doing but it should eventually release. You know the cable isn't broken because it does release the passengers side, when you finally get the hood open make sure you spray down all three of the latches.

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Have you tried giving the hood a little smack while someone works release handle? this may seem off the wall but it will help jar the latch worth a try any way

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