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Tried unlocking the hood using the hood pull tab. Lock mechanism refuses to disengage. How can I lift the hood when this happens?

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Have someone beat on the hood while you pull the cable.

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  6. Turn the bulb socket being replaced counterclockwise one-quarter of a turn while pressing the socket in firmly.
  7. Pull the socket rearward until the bulb clears the headlamp housing, and lift it up to access the bulb.
  8. Disconnect the wire connector from the bulb by lifting the lock tab and pulling it away from the plastic base.
  9. Remove the bulb assembly and replace it with the appropriate bulb.
  10. Reverse the steps to reinstall the headlamp assembly.

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