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Hood latch won't release

1998 honda civic.  Hood latch won't release.  This is the "first" latch that is activated by pulling the lever inside the vehicle down by the floor, not the "second" latch activated manually by sticking your fingers under the hood after the first one pops it open a little.  I removed the bottom bolts on the bumper and can pull it away enough to get up under and see/touch it the latch mechanism.  I can see that the wire pull from inside the car works; I can also manually push the mechanism this wire pulls. However, the latch still won't release.  It looks like what I think is the spring that retains the latch in place is in tact and not broken.  I'm puzzled!

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This has happened to me several times, this will take two people, but all you need to do is have one person pull the hood release, while person number 2 pushes down on the hood, and then pulls up...that ought to do the trick

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