At highway speeds on drivers side. My buddies with their imports laugh at this. It appears the latch has been adjusted as far down as it will go, as the grill now just makes contact with the front bumper fascia.
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The hood latch is located near the driver's feet, flush with driver's side wall, beneath the dash on the left hand side. It's a black, plastic latch that is shaped like a hook. After you've pulled the latch, a small latch should pop out on the left hand side of your grill. Pull the latch further out (towards you) and lift the hood with your other hand. Do not try to pull out and lift with the latch, you'll break it off.
The front headlight is easy to replace--it should be self explanatory. The directions for replacing the headlights should be in your driver's manual that comes in the glove box--it's like that for mine. Otherwise, I would look into finding a copy of the repair manual online on ebay or something, that's where I found mine for my '91.
I'm not sure enough about the rest to give you advice--sorry!
My 1999 LeSaber was having the same issue when I first bought it. My brother suggested I gently press and release on the hood after pulling the lever inside, this caused the latch to release. It stopped sticking after about 3-4 times of opening it this way. I suspect that some corrosion was jogged loose with the tapping.
I had the same problem with WD-40 and man power I over came it. Chances are your latch is rusting / corroded or gummed up. What I did was to lift the passenger side up a little not to much or you will bend the hood, follow the bar as far as you can and spray the release with WD-40. Have someone pull the cable and try moving the release bar on the passengers side back and forth. It may take a little doing but it should eventually release. You know the cable isn't broken because it does release the passengers side, when you finally get the hood open make sure you spray down all three of the latches.
Talked to Buick/GMC mechanic at the dealership claiming everyone was giving me different answers/things to replace. He said undoubtedly it was cv joint/half shaft. Changed driver's side, that fixed it. Another give away was it wasn't as bad when car was cold, but got worse as it drove a few minutes, i.e. everything got hot, expanded and therefore was looser.
The main clue was it wasn't RPM specific, bearings were okay and I didn't feel it in steering wheel so much as the whole car in a given RPM range despite gear (not the engine or front end of tranny, i.e. torque converter. Rotating tires had no effect.
Your hood is just stuck. You'll need the help of a friend. One person must pry up the hood with their fingers while the other keeps the hood lift lever pulled. Once you get the hood open, I highly recommend "adjusting" the U-shaped striker on the underside of the hood (it's painted body color. Do not mess with the black painted safety latch lever!). On this car model, it has a tendency to bend toward the passenger side over time, causing the sticking hood problem. It's nothing several whacks with a hammer can't fix though to restore it to its original position. Have someone brace the hood (i.e., push the hood toward the passenger side) while you bang the striker back toward the driver's side. It won't need to move far, so check the hood opening operation frequently to see if you've moved the striker far enough back towards the driver's side for it to function normally again. Also, be sure to lubricate the hood latch with some WD-40 or something similar. It will help keep the internal parts of the latch moving and make it easier for your hood to pop up when you pull the hood lift lever.