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Passenger side hood will not release

The passenger side hood will not release. The Driver side will release

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Hood latch on passenger side needs adjusting, Have someone put pressure on side of hood when
you are pushing the hood latch release.
This may help them when they are pulling up on the hood.

Posted on May 09, 2009

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