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Hood latch broken

The plastic latch for opening the hood in my silverado broke off; the cable is fine. How do I go about opening the hood?

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You will need a needle nose pliers. Find the cable where it broke away from the plastic handle. Grip it and pull towards you. If you cannot easily get it to move you may use a stiff board and prop it in place in the area near the pliers and then work the pliers against the board in a prying, lever action motion while gripping hard so it doesn't slip.

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