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Release cable clicks, but hood wont rise high

Release lever works, but hood won't rise high enough so I can release second latch with my finger.

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Sometime you can bump a little on the hood and it will release just enough to get your fingers under. mine does it to. or you can have some one to pull your hood latch why you lleft hood.

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Tap on hood should pop up, then lube latch.

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There is a possibility the latch mechanism is a little too tight. The stand-offs that hold the hood in the proper position can frequently be adjusted by screwing them in a little to take the pressure off the latch. Lubricating the latch and centering shaft also may be helpful.

Posted on Dec 12, 2009

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