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I CAN''T OPEN THE HOOD ON MY 92 BONNEVILLE.

CAN ANYONE PROVIDE AN EXPLODED VIEW OF THE LATCH MECHANISM SO THAT I KNOW WHAT I AM DEALING WITH.

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  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Have someone give a quick bounce on the front of the hood while you pull the release. If the latch is binding, usually that will free it. If you get it to open, use some wd40 or other solvent to free it up

  • gerry bissi May 11, 2010

    usually you can see the cable whre it attaches to the latch. Pull or pry back on latch in direction of cable if you can.

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