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Hood latch cable pulled out

The cable to the latch to open my hood has came all the way out, I cant get my hood open

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This is a tricky one to explain. We will probably be talking alot. First question, did the cable break leaving a tail on the latch end of the cable. This will kind of have a little flag for you to look for. Think of it as a pull here tab. Getting to it will be difficult, so be patient. If you see the screws and bolts to squeeze an arm under the grill or between it and the radiator. If there is no tail of cable in there, you will have to feel around for a, how do I describe this, it's a piece of metal that is bent in a loop just big enough for the cable to fit through. Pull on that, pull in all directions possible before moving on to another piece. You'll find it, just be patient. This is a difficult task, so don't get frustrated or you will just hurt yourself.
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