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Hood wont pop

I have a 01 focas and the hood wont pop open from the inside. i think that the cable came disconnected from under the hood. but when i look from underneath the car i dont see how to pop it manaully can someone please discribe how. and what im looking for....

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  • Anonymous May 17, 2009

    it does have a cable because it is hanging down inside the car

  • gerry bissi May 11, 2010

    there are 2 hood latch bolts if you can get to them.

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Are you sure it has a cable fitted as mine opens from the front of the car with the key. to do this you swing the ford badge up insert the key, turn it one way to pop the hood then turn it the other way to release and lift it at the same time

Posted on May 16, 2009

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