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Try lubricating the latch and check your cable inside and make sure its in the right position, the latch wont pop again by pulling cable unless you get a Philips screwdriver and push down on the latch where the hood shuts, when it shuts it pushes that spring loaded lever over and latches. Yours is not latching because either is rusted and sticking, cable is out of position causing it to pull all the time or the hood just isn't going down far enough to latch, possibly something in the way.
I don't think there is a day that goes by in the shop where we don't get at least one vehicle that is doing this. Just use two people. One to pull the cable release and the other to slap the hood with their hand and tell it to cooperate. Usually, just a little "jarring" with the cable pulled will get it to pop up.
I had this problem with a 1975 Coupe De Ville and found it was a weak spring. Have someone pull up the hood as you release the hood inside. Then put a new spring on it to make it come up higher when released. This is the spring on the tip of the hood. Stretching this spring will help for a short time. A similar spring at a hardware store can be curled into the old spring or you can go to a place like USA Parts Supply on line and order a replacement.
Grab a flashlight and a long screwdriver and peer straight down into the hood latch. You should see the end of the hood cable, it's looped in to a metal bracket. Have a helper pull and let go the hood release cable from inside the car, this cable should move to the when pulled, and return when released.
If it doesn't return, the cable is stretched, or a spring is broken from the cable assembly. Here's a quick fix:
Facing the car and using the screwdriver, push the bracket to your left as far as you can. This resets the latch. Drop the hood from about 2-3 feet above the latch. You need to close it with a bit of speed or the release mechanism will just move. It might take a few times of moving the cable and dropping the hood to get it to latch.
Might just be stuck. Have someone pull the release as you FIRMLY pound on the front of the hood in the middle with your fist (NOT A HAMMER ! ! ! !).
If that works and it opens, get some WD40 and spray the latch and cable, lever, etc... and then work the release lever before closing it again. If the cable has broken....... it is very difficult to release without some automotive knowledge. I'm betting it is just stuck...
If you pull on the release handle inside the car and it does not "pop"
the hood open, make sure the hood is not already "popped". If it is,
then try to push the hood down firmly until it does not pop up
anymore. Then, try the interior pull handle again. If the hood is
completely closed and the pull handle does not pop it open, try to
remove the handle slightly from the dash. This involves removing 2
phillips head screws (one from either side of the handle). When these
are out, you should be able to pull the handle and its small
trim/holder piece. See if this is broken and try to pull back on the
actual release cable ("silver" braided wire) with a pair of wires.
If nothing above pertains to the issue, then let me go to a different
one. If the pull handle works fine and "pops" the hood like normal,
but you are unable to unlatch the hood, then I need more information as to the conditions of the problem. Has it released properly in the past?
Also, make sure that you are pulling the correct lever when trying to unlatch the hood. Standing in front of the car facing it, the lever will be just to the left of the very center of the hood. It should have a yellow end. Pull up on that and everything should release.
If these ideas do not help you out, then I will need more information. Let me know and I'll be glad to help you through.
This has happened to me several times, this will take two people, but all you need to do is have one person pull the hood release, while person number 2 pushes down on the hood, and then pulls up...that ought to do the trick