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The hood latch on a 98 explorer won't budge.When you pull on the release you can hear a click but there's no primary latch release.It is solid tight.I've sprayed it all and knocked on the latch area of the hood on top of a block of woon,pryed on it with a screwdriver but it doesn't budge at all.I need it open to put a new battery in it.

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Ive own a few of these trucks the latches seize up bad this is going to take two people to open one to pull the latch one to pry up, with a bar put pressure under the hood pull the latch when it clicks pull harder on the bar it should come up

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