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Hood latch won't release on 1999 dodge stratus

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Hope this is not too late. I just worked on this exact car and problem. If the cable is broken upstream from the in car release handle here is my solution: The Stratus has four grill panels. Remove the screws from the upper two panels. The panels have a plastic rivet at the very top which can't be removed unless the hood is open so bend the panels up to gain access. With a flash light look through the grill openings and find the latch. The latch has three 12mm bolts holding it in. The two outside bolts are easily removed through the grill openings. The third bolt is tricky because it is lower and dead center to the grill. It is not in alignment with the openings. It is hard to even see it but with a long extension, universal joint and 12mm socket, it is possible to get to it and remove it. I got to it through the passenger side grill opening. With all the bolts removed, the hood opened with the unbolted latch still attached to it.

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I would have a friend help and one of you pull the hood latch and the other tap on the hood with the palm of your hand you might have to do this more than once but usually works once open oil the hood release with something like wd-40 or pb blaster.

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This maybe a problem of the hood being misaligned. in order to remedy this you will have to adjust the 4 bolts on the hinges holding the hood in place and the latch little by little. But first try a penetrating oil on the latch assembly and look for anything out of place.

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it will be difficult to gain access to the hood release latch but you can get to it.you need to find were cable connects to the latch arm either through the grill or under the car looking up at the latch.then you will have to get something that you can use to get to the release arm to move it in the correct direction to unlatch the hood to open.you will need alot of patience for this.good luck.

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