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Can't release hood latch

The release will not let hood open far enough to lift and open secondary latch. I can hear it click and I can push down slightly and it catches again, but it does not lift really at all. Need OIL soon!!!!

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  • dkii Oct 10, 2008

    can't release primary hood latch using inside handle even using pliers to try to take up slack

  • hammer3311 Nov 30, 2008

    I was able to release it in a similar manner, While someone else pulled lever, I jiggled hood when it opened I put a little oil on it and exercised it.

    Thanks Hammer3311

  • lcp120 Dec 27, 2008

    When I pull on the hood latch inside the car, it pulls up but nothing happens. It won't release so that I can open the hood from the outside of the car.



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My 1999 LeSaber was having the same issue when I first bought it. My brother suggested I gently press and release on the hood after pulling the lever inside, this caused the latch to release. It stopped sticking after about 3-4 times of opening it this way. I suspect that some corrosion was jogged loose with the tapping.

Hope this helps.

Posted on Nov 21, 2008


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