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Cannot release the hood. Hood release will not operate

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Have someone push down on the hood as you pull the release

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    Lift up and toward you on the hood release lever. The lever is connected to a cable that releases the hood. The hood will pop up about 1/2 inch when you pull the lever.

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    Move to the front of the car and locate the exterior hood-release lever under the front of the hood. It is located near the middle of the vehicle, just beyond where the front edge of the hood meets the body. Lift up on the inner lever.

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    Lift up on the edge of the hood while holding the inner lever in place. When the hood is up, find the hood prop and raise it, setting its tip in the hood-prop mount on the hood, to hold the hood up while you work in the engine bay.



Read more: How to Open the Hood on a Mitsubishi Endeavor ' eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_6301122_open-hood-mitsubishi-endeavor.html#ixzz16Ou5FhQF

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