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Hood release wont engage

When you pull the latch for the hood release inside the car, you can hear the hood pop a little but not enough to grab the latch under the hood.

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The hood bumpers are worn or misaligned. After pul;ling the vever, push at one end of the hoods front section as if your trying to rattle it. Most the time they do release. If it doesn't try the oposite side this way. Upon opening it if possible work the latch manually to see if it does work. If it does use lubraplate lithiuim grease on all movable parts

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