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The hood release cable did not want to work. I would strech it as far as it goes and it still wouldn't pop the hood open. S o i did the same thing as one of the fellows that wrote here, i used some pliers to pull the wire to pop the hood open but it broke.Now i have a wire to pull on that pops the hood open. but what happen was that i pulled to hard, and now all i have is a wire to pull to open my hood. my question is what do i do know where do i go to get it fix?

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