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Hood latch not releasing...cable is connected...how do i open

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I would suggest trying the following.
1 I would spray WD40 into the area where the latch mechanism is for the Hood. Then I would go inside and pull the hood release a few times. Then I would repeat the procedure.
2 If that didn't work I would have someone inside the car pull the release cable and hold it in the pulled position while I PUSHED DOWN on the hood then PULL UP HARD, IF POSSIBLE. Sometimes the hood will sort of unsnap.
3 If that didn't work, I would pull very hard on the release. While someone pushed down on the hood.
Usually you have success by this step. When you have success getting it open. DON'T CLOSE IT.
1 Lubricate is with grease and free up the mechanism so that it purrs like a kitten.
2 CAREFULLY CHECK HOW THE HOOD LATCH ALIGNS WITH THE CATCH ON THE HOOD.
There should be some sort of adjustment you can make to center the latch mechanism so the Hood mates without any sort of offset that can create tension on the mechanism and cause you to use profanity profusely regarding the illegitimate birth of the engineer who designed this latch.
Happy New Year,
Mark

Posted on Jan 02, 2011

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