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How to open jammed front hood? the hood refuse to open at all by pulling the handle or by pulling the wire . it is jammed ? i cannot open by any means? please help or send the layout mechanism may be i can do somthing through the grill.

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While pulling on the wire or hood release have some one pound on the frt of your hood,,,if doesnt work,,& cable is broken,,then cut the jacket to the cable to expose the cable wire,,it is a pain in the,,,,,but ,,

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