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How do i get my hood 2 closed if the latch is broken

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  • Melissa Pence May 26, 2012

    wsell its not a fix but our hood cable broke several months ago and we have a very long bungie cored across the hood hooking in to the wheel wells it works great but got the new cable to fix it today but no idea how to indtall it good luck

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You could tempoarly hold it closed with a bungie cord hooked to the hood in the front and allached to a secure place ubder the truck, then get a replacement latch to do the repair

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