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Hood latch on 95 Toyota Tercel won't shut.

The other day I pulled the latch in the car to open the hood to add oil. When I tried to shut the hood it wouldn't latch fully. I've had this problem before and had a Toyota dealer service department ''Fix'' it one year ago. I paid for a cable replacement but I'm thinking they didn't do it and charged me anyway. I'm mechanically inclined, I just need information on how it works to shut it.

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What I would do is spray both the latch and release cable end with a good penetrating fluid. Be quite liberal with it and work the latch open and closed and the cable until both move freely and easily. It may take more than one application of fluid to achieve this. Once it is working freely the spray both with a good lubricant, preferably one with "white lithium grease" in it. Work it into the latch and cable and that should solve your problem. Then once or twice a year give them another application to keep them working. Hope this helps.

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