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Hood Release cable snapped,cant open hood

Theres no more cable to grasp with vise grips,help

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    try pulling the cable cover/sheath, this will often release the latch, the other methods are putting it on a rack to reach latch from below

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If you chalk the wheels keys out of ignition you might be able to get it from underneath under front bumper middle!! flash light good batteries or trouble light I popped a couple this way it will come patients and a good straight edge screw driver

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