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I pull the hood release of my 1998 F150, but it won't pop open,please help

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SOURCE: the hood will not pop open

There is no easy way to get the hood open to repair the problem, here are the common ways we technicians use to get the hood open when the release or latch is broken or stuck, 1st try pulling the outside sheath of the cable that pulls the hood open, it that fails try to reach it from underneath, without a lift rack that is very hard, the 3rd is through the grille opening, after 30 years and dozens of problems like yours this is the way I approach the job of getting the hood open.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008

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SOURCE: 2003 ranger.the hood will not open. i think cable is loose /broke

You will need 2 people to get the hood open. While you pull on the hood release cable have an assistant gently pound on the center of the hood until it pops up. If this does not work, inspect the hood release lever to see if the pivot broken, if so pull directly on the cable with a pair of locking pliers. After you get the hood open make sure to spray the latch with penetrating oil (WD40)

Posted on Dec 17, 2008

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SOURCE: Hood won't open. Cable is broken and can't get hood to pop.

NO there is no manual way . get a good flash light and look at teh latch through the grill or from under the truck and try and pop it with a long flat blade screw driver

Posted on Jan 11, 2009

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I had the same problem with WD-40 and man power I over came it. Chances are your latch is rusting / corroded or gummed up. What I did was to lift the passenger side up a little not to much or you will bend the hood, follow the bar as far as you can and spray the release with WD-40. Have someone pull the cable and try moving the release bar on the passengers side back and forth. It may take a little doing but it should eventually release. You know the cable isn't broken because it does release the passengers side, when you finally get the hood open make sure you spray down all three of the latches.

Posted on Jan 21, 2009

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SOURCE: Hood latch won't release on 2002 Ford Taurus

do you mean undone from the cable? if so, see if you can reach the attachment point for the cable and pull in direction of the cable to release

Posted on Mar 23, 2009

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