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Hood release won't open hood, can't open my hood

When I pulled my hood release it didn't release my hood. Know I can't get my hood open. Is there another way in.

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Don't know what vehicle but it's possible if you look through the grill you may be able to see the cable and using a screwdriver pry the mechanism to open it be carefull if it's a plastic gill you could break it

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I had this happen to my 1999 Honda Civic. I took it to my mechanic and they had to pry the hood open by snapping the latch and then they replaced it.

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