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I have a 1999 continental with a broken hood latch. the hood is closed and i cant open it. is there a way to open it short of cutting the hood or breaking the grille?

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Yes and no. Some cars have a pin hole that you can go through to pop the hood, but you have to have the identical car standing by to see what you are doing. My daughter's mustang did the same thing. I found a little hole in the grill big enough for a coat hanger and it popped open. You have do some fishing though, and the lincoln might not have it, but it is worth a try. Hope this helps.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010

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Get to the grill and look through with the flashlight. You're looking for the hood release cable. Follow it as far as you can to just beneath the hood latch.

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If the cable is broken or off, you're still in the right area. Look for the latch assembly, there are two or three small arms beneath. Try to move each one to the right. Be patient, you'll get it open.

Comment me back to let me know how it goes.

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