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I can't open the hood to this 2004 chevy optra the cable was broke from the first pull I trie to open pry and bend my hood to open this thing . The latch seems to be working at the front of the hood so why won't it open

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Try smacking down on the hood with a open hand.You may want to have someone inside to pull the lever while you hit on the hood.If you do get it open spray everthing down with a good lubicant.Well good luck and hope this helped.

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If the handle broke you can grab the cord with a pair of pliers or vice grips and pull the cord. If it broke under the hood then you will have to see if you can see the latch under the hood then maybe with a screwdriver you might be able to pry the latch to the side and the hood should pop up. Let me know if it was the right information that I have provided.

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I had this problem last week and didn't know what to do. went to a mech and was told for $90 p/h they would try and could take 1,2 or 3 hours.

they can not tell till they try. also called a gm dealer service center and was told the same thing except they charge $150 p/h.

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then tug. it openes.. doesn't take much of a pull and it openes... \I almost fell over ..

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If the handle is broken inside car, find cable end pull with pliers, the handle is replaceable by itself from dealer or junkyard.

If you are pulling handle and hood will not pop up, have a helper pull up on front of hood and lightly bump down on hood near the latch with their hand or fist(careful not to dent) while you pull on handle and it should popup, now lube it before you close it, the hood may then need to be opened and closed several times to work lube into latch(this sticking is common when latch system is not lubricated regularly).

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