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Hood Latch no longer works, how can I open my hood?

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Short of callin in Harry Houdine, here is what I have done.
Have some one keep pulling the hood release while you stick the straw on a can of WD 40 ubder the crack in front of the hood latch. This may free something up and unlatch it.
Hopefully the cable isn't broke in a place where you can not det a pair of pliers onto to pull the latch.
Sometimes if you have an assiatant keep the release latch pulled, while you pull up wit force on the hood it might open if its an adjustment problem.

Good luck

Posted on Oct 05, 2010

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