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Ford fiesta flame 04 bonnet releases but plastic tab to pull open under bonnet had broken off. How do I get it to release now?

I have taken off the top plastic part of grill but cannot see how to release the metal loop from the grip. I've tried to thread something through the metal loop and pull but it won't budge.

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Try to put a screwdriver from the front plastic grille, up to the lock mechanism and move it to open the mechanism. If the bonnet has opened slightly , then you need assistance. One person to try to lift the bonnet and another to push the bonnet from side to side.. Unfortunately its not possible to remove the front grille to gain access to the lock without braking the plastic grille, as there are screws holding it to the top valance.

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