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Can''t open hood

My hood won't open. I've already tried pulling the cable from inside the car and now the cable is so short, I can't reach it with pliers. I yanked on it with all my might. I've tried to find a diagram showing the line of the cable, but can't find one. Any suggestion?

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the cable is probably pinched or ceased in its cover, you will probably have to replace the cable, as to getting the hood open, you can try reaching up from under the car and pulling on the cable right at the latch, but you should probably get a mechanic to do it because if they break anything that isnt broke, its on them to replace it.

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