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The hood release isnt working. how can we open the hood on a dodge 2004 stratus coupe

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Hope this is not too late. I just worked on this exact car and problem. If the cable is broken upstream from the in car release handle here is my solution: The Stratus has four grill panels. Remove the screws from the upper two panels. The panels have a plastic rivet at the very top which can't be removed unless the hood is open so bend the panels up to gain access. With a flash light look through the grill openings and find the latch. The latch has three 12mm bolts holding it in. The two outside bolts are easily removed through the grill openings. The third bolt is tricky because it is lower and dead center to the grill. It is not in alignment with the openings. It is hard to even see it but with a long extension, universal joint and 12mm socket, it is possible to get to it and remove it. I got to it through the passenger side grill opening. With all the bolts removed, the hood opened with the unbolted latch still attached to it.

Posted on Jul 16, 2009

  • hpdorman Jan 23, 2011

    2006 Dodge Stratus is simpler - only two bolts, both can be accessed through the grill without taking the grill apart. The 2006 bolts are 13 MM. After taking the bolts off (which are attached to washers which are just too big to get through the grill opening (let them fall and have a magnet on a stick to retrieve them) take two long flat screwdrivers, one through the right grill and one through the left grill, and pry the latch forward on the left and right side simultaneously to slip the latch off both studs) Once the latch is off both studs, the hood will open. By the way, I though my cable was broken, but it had only slipped out and I only had to put the cable back on the latch - all done!

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