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Can't open hood on 2003 VW Passat

I pulled on the hood latch and the hood didn't release like it should. The latch doesn't have any tension on it, so do you have any ideas?

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    cant open hood , latch is not working at all

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    Hood latch will not release unable to access battery

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Difficult one this,no easy answer have to get below the catch to release it,sometimes a long screwdriver will get in to push lever back othertimes get arm up to yank cable

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