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I have a 1996 chevy blazer ..the hood release was not working as it has b4, so pulled wire with pliers and now the cable is broken..how do i get the hood open to replace the whole assembly

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A screw driver and lots of patience.

I had that happen before and it's a pain. I now always lube with WD40 even if working good on my cars. 

You just have to move the part pulls the hook with limited room. A coat hanger can also work. It's like popping a lock if you never did it and no idea how the lock assembly is setup.

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