Question about 1999 Ford Escort
Your hood is just stuck. You'll need the help of a friend. One person must pry up the hood with their fingers while the other keeps the hood lift lever pulled. Once you get the hood open, I highly recommend "adjusting" the U-shaped striker on the underside of the hood (it's painted body color. Do not mess with the black painted safety latch lever!). On this car model, it has a tendency to bend toward the passenger side over time, causing the sticking hood problem. It's nothing several whacks with a hammer can't fix though to restore it to its original position. Have someone brace the hood (i.e., push the hood toward the passenger side) while you bang the striker back toward the driver's side. It won't need to move far, so check the hood opening operation frequently to see if you've moved the striker far enough back towards the driver's side for it to function normally again. Also, be sure to lubricate the hood latch with some WD-40 or something similar. It will help keep the internal parts of the latch moving and make it easier for your hood to pop up when you pull the hood lift lever.
Posted on Jun 29, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
You will need 2 people to get the hood open. While you pull on the hood release cable have an assistant gently pound on the center of the hood until it pops up. If this does not work, inspect the hood release lever to see if the pivot broken, if so pull directly on the cable with a pair of locking pliers. After you get the hood open make sure to spray the latch with penetrating oil (WD40)
Posted on Dec 17, 2008
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Try getting another person to push down above the bonnet latch as you pull the lever.They may have to push it down a few times,A sudden quick push may do it.Hope this helps
Posted on Dec 20, 2009
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