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If the hood locking device on the drivers side will not release and its not the inside lever how do you get to the latch under the hood to release it?

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Not easy, but then again if it were you'd be replacing batteries daily...lol. You've got to make a long handeled "L" shaped hook. You can purchase a piece of 1/8 inch solid rod from a crafts store or a hardware store.You want this piece to be around two feet long. At the hook end take a pair of vicegrips and bend an "L" shape about the width of the grip teeth. At the handle end just wrap it around your hand so you'll have some control.Grab a good led flashlight also while you're there. Looking up from underneath the bumper at the top of the radiator support, you'll see an opening with the shiny part of your release cable hopefully. You've got to grab a part of that cable and pull it towards the drivers side fender.TRhis should pop your hood.I'm assuming you've already tried the friend pounding on the hood while you pull the release from inside the car routine.Good luck my friend, Dana

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Most hood latches are operated by a metal cable in a sheath. It may be broken. You'll have to access it from underneath the vehicle in the front.

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