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Oil Change Hood Disaster

I got the oil on my '09 KIA Optima changed today at a place I've used multiple times and trust(ed). While running erands afterwards, I noticed the alarm honk wasn't sounding. I got it home, checked the owner's manuel, checked all the doors and noticed the hood wasn't latched. I found the release (pulled it, just in case), raised the hood and brought it down. It latched in the front, but not the sides. Tried a few times, same result. It was NOT like this pre-service. What happened, and how does it get fixed?

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Take your Kia back to the servicer immediately and give them an opportunity to fix it. Anticipate some fancy footwork to evade responsibility. Plan to have future oil changes done somewhere else

Posted on Jul 24, 2013

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No idea---without seeing the issue
Go back there-- if you like the place
& have used several times

Posted on Jul 24, 2013

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SOURCE: i have a broken hood latch and the hood is down

Hi there,

Yes, there is a way. I've had to do it three times. Once I got it the first time, 2 and 3 were easy. You're going to need a flashlight and a long screwdriver or needlenose pliers.

Get to the grill and look through with the flashlight. You're looking for the hood release cable. Follow it as far as you can to just beneath the hood latch.

Now look for the clamp on the outer part of the cable. To the left of that you should see the inner cable (the part that moves and pulls the latch). Try to either grab it with the pliers or get the screwdriver above it and pull down. You'll here it click open when you get it.

If the cable is broken or off, you're still in the right area. Look for the latch assembly, there are two or three small arms beneath. Try to move each one to the right. Be patient, you'll get it open.

Comment me back to let me know how it goes.

Good Luck
Mike

Posted on Jan 15, 2009

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In the windshield wiper area on both sides of the car you will see a rubber plug about 1 inch in diameter. Use a flatblade screw driver (about 8-10 inches) and poke this plug out of its hole into the engine compartment (you can recover it later.) Insert your screwdriver through the hole until you find the release latch. Just push it until it releases.

Posted on Feb 08, 2009

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SOURCE: i have a broken hood latch and the hood is down

I think your cable came loose from the latch. try to see it through the grill, maybe you can get to it with a long flat tip screwdriver

Posted on Apr 12, 2009

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if the grille screws are accessable remove the grille which should give you access to the underside of the lock, you may need a screwdriver to push the lever aside to release the hood
Hope this helps

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SOURCE: Stuck hood latch on 1996 chrysler concorde- Possible broken cable

take off the left front wheel and fender well. slice off the hood cable insulation get a hook too pull the wire have a buddy pull up on the hood while doing this. Should pop open then hope this helps u out.

Posted on Nov 23, 2009

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