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When you pull the hood release inside the car the hood does not open. The cable is not broken but I suspect it is stretched to the point where it is no longer serviceable. How to I replace it?

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Latches out of align. Did you hit anything lately? or anyone sit on front hood of car? Or maybee just needs to be greased. All of the moving parts. Mine is doing it now. One of the springs that makes it pop up is missing on it.

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