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When I pull the hood release the hood dosnt pop, you can hear the wire moving under the hood but its not doing nothing.. how do I get it open?

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The end of the cable connected to the latch mechanism to release the hood went bad. It will probably needs to be replaced. Looking into the hood grill, use a screw drive to push in the the latch ( it locates in the center of the hood) in such a way it can pivot out of the bar then the hood can be released. You can observe the latch from another car to get the picture before doing it. Good luck.

Posted on Sep 12, 2010

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Sounds like the latch is slightly out of adjustment. Have someone pull up on the hood edge while you release the hood from inside. Once open, spray some white lithium grease on both components of the hood latch. The latch strike bolts usually have slotted holes to allow for adjustment. If you loosen them slightly, and then close the hood, it should align itself, then open the hood carefuly and retighten the bolts.. IF you cannot get the hood open, chances are the cable is loose from the release, and you may have to remove part of the grille to access the underside of the latch to replace the cable.

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