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Some can be tightened but must be done at the hood opening mechanism. But, it's difficult to believe the cable has "stretched"
and therefore, may be close to failure. So replace as recommended by Charles Tucker above.

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Some cables cannot be tightened up - due to the way they are made for a particular car. sometimes you need to replace them.
if this is the case. acquire a cable sleeve clamp, locate the cable inside the engine bay, (somewhere easy to work) cut the cable and thread one end of one cable through sleeve and crimp one side, thread through other end and pull on cable end until cable is tight enough for you and crimp the other side.

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Adjust at the pull handle inside the car.

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SOURCE: hood release will not release hood cable is not broken

the outer cable may have come loose near the lock, if the grille screws are accessable remove the grille and you will have access to the underside of the lock, you may need a screwdriver to push the lock lever aside to unlock the bonnet

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reach under the front of hood , and pull cable .

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remove front grille then you have to fiddle about with the catch it is quite tedious but the only way or take to a dealrship

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SOURCE: hood release cable is frozen, how to unlatch hood?

if you can get a pry bar or a screwdiver under the hood and push on the mechanism that the cable pulls the hood will open.then you need to replace the cable.

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