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Hood won't open - release latch inside care doesn't work

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If the plastic latch in the car is actually broken, but you can get to the nubby end of the cable that was in the handle, then you can usually get a pair of vise-grips on that nub and give it a good pull. however, if the latch seems to be moving the cable okay, but the cable offers no resistance and doesn't open the hood, then you'll have to manually open it from the actual mechanism which means removing at least the grill and sticking your hand up in there and again grabbing whatever part of the cable you can w/ vise-grips

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

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    I did that and the latch still will not release

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