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More and more tension required on hood release

The hood latch pulled farther and farther over a period of 5 years. Took it in for service and dealer replaced cable. Apparently no adjustment possibel and cable stretches over a period of time.

My problem is fixed, but here is a big FYI

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Well yes it strecthes but you can move the hood latch assembly over alittle and it does help alot,,,but yes eventually they need replacing,common on the vue

Posted on Oct 09, 2009

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