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I have 99 beetle and the hood cable is not working. I removed the latch to get to the cable inside the car and pulled with plyers, no luck. Any suggestions

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Try getting some one else to push down on hood to relieve pressure then put with pliers should be way easier hope this helps glenn..........

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