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The hood of the car will not latch with the main latch, only the seconary safety latch. it has a hood release inside the car

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  • leafsfan29 Oct 23, 2008

    The covering of the hood release cable is frayed near the hood release lever inside the car.

  • Anonymous Jan 07, 2009

    Same deal, in cold weather, but with my 2000 Escort. Sometimes it helps to push back in the latch inside the car. I recommend having the cable replaced. I see that other Ford models have this issue. NHTSA ID #10003168, AUGUST 01 2003)

  • cknoles Jan 15, 2009

    1999 ford explorer, i put antifreeze in the car and when i went to close the hood it only closed part way, like when you pull the hood open from inside, but it wont close all the way

  • hachaduryan Jan 16, 2009

    I have the same problem. The cable's coating is frayed by the lever inside the car. Therefore the mechanism doesn't work, only the secondary latch holds the hood in place.

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The solution clearly is to replace the release cable. Simple but unpleasant to do.

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