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2001 Jeep Cherokee: Passanger side hood latch is stuck

The hood will pop : center and drivers side are loose and will open but passenger side will not budge. Side latch is stuck, how can I get it loose. Trying to jump friends car who is in Iraq.

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Try pushing down on that side of the hood when you pull the lever (takes 2 people, or 1 with 4 9ft long arms). Keep holding the lever while you release the center latch and lift the hood. I can't promise it'll work, but it usually does. sometimes you have to play with it a while.

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