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1998 Ford Explorer Hood Release Problem

I have to pull extremely hard on the release grip inside car to open my hood. So hard it hurts my fingers. Feels like the plastic pull knob is gonna break. What can i do to fix this?

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There is always a cable involved in this sort of situation. if you can get to it which in most cases you cant. check for kinks in it firstly and breaks in the protective layer which lies inside the outers. if none of the above then i suggest that you spray lubricant down as no electric passes through.

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