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92 Subaru Loyale Hood cable busted

The hood cable for my 92 Subaru Loyale snapped. How do I open the hood from the grill?? Can't quite find the right latch...

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Someone with skills/tools to enter a car with the keys locked in it may be able to get you in there.Ask a locksmith(they will probably charge less if you bring the car to them).The various vehicle entry tools to open a door might also work to open the hood.

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