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2008 ford focus...pulled hood release but it's not unlatching hood

I pulled hood release to put wiper fluid in and it lets me pull it but not unlatching the hood. What do I do? 1st time this has happened.

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SOURCE: Cant open ford Taurus hood 2003 pull cord doesn't work.

Sometimes it appears nothing happens but after pulling the hood get out and try reaching under the hood for the latch. However if nothing at all happened you need someone to press down lightly on the hood as you pull the cord.

Posted on Dec 30, 2008

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SOURCE: Hood latch won't release on 2002 Ford Taurus

do you mean undone from the cable? if so, see if you can reach the attachment point for the cable and pull in direction of the cable to release

Posted on Mar 23, 2009

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SOURCE: Hood latch won't unlatch

have someone help u by pushing down on hood while u pull lever or use a hook up under grill to push or pull on latch release the lever may be bent enough so that its not pulling the latch far enough to release

Posted on Oct 31, 2009

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SOURCE: stuck hood on 2000 ford 250, latch release won't work

2000 FORD SUPER DUTY 5.4 HOOD STICKS.YOU CAN HAVE AN ASSISTANT PULL THE HOOD CABLE AND EASILY OPEN THE HOOD BUT THE HOOD WILL NOT POP UP ON ITS OWN..ANY ADVISE?

Posted on Nov 05, 2009

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SOURCE: 2001 Ford Focus ZX3 rear window wiper and trunk release stop work

there is a recall on them i had the same issue it is caused by the wires being crushed when the trunk colses(im an ex ford mechanic, and ex owner of a focus)

Posted on Dec 16, 2009

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