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First, try smacking the hood at one of the front corners while someone else pulls the release handle. or even after you've pulled on it. if that works, once open, adjust and lubricate the hood latch assembly. if it still won't open, and it's the cable and not the latch you'll have to replace it anyway, so instead of removing the grill, cut the cable behind the pull lever under the dash where you can reach it. then skin the outer cable insulation away from the actual steel cable exposing an inch or two of it. then holding the insulation and plastic housing with pliers, grab the steel cable itself with pliers and pull it to open the hood. then replace the cable. the further you can reach up under the panel the better your chances of getting past the broken part of the cable and avoid removing the grill. you might also be able to gain access from up under the car if you're lucky.

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    Rodger Erhardt Mar 17, 2013

    Oh hell no. My 02 Freelander cable broke at the hood latch. Having recently replaced the radiator, I knew both looking now and then that you couldn't get to the latch by removing the bumper asssembly. i determined the quickest method was to cut the latch post (with spring) and it popped open. Taking that bumper assembly off AGAIN just wasn't a consideration. Cut it off. I got a used one on ebay for $14. LOL!

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