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Hood Release Cable

I have a 2002 Saturn VUE, the interior hood release is inop and won't disengage the main latch, does anyone know of an easy way to get the hood open, as it would be greatly appreciated.

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  • mhurwitz1 Jan 08, 2009

    Didn't work, any specific thoughts?

  • Anonymous Apr 13, 2009

    I have the same year , model vue. I was told my cable is stretched. What I do is I get someone to hold the handle up in the car, then I go to the hood and pull up. I does work, a bit of a pain though when you are by yourself.

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    Hood latch will not lock down the hood

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Have you tried to crawling under the car and using a pair pliers to pull on the cable. If you go under the car just in front of the fire wall you should be able to see the cable hanging there. Just pull ******* it.

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