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Hood latch the inside latch of my 98 ford explorer is broken and now i can not get hood open what can i do please help she needs fluids

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  • sheridan815 Aug 18, 2008

    There are two rubber stoppers on each side of the front of the hood about even with the hood latch. These things are the problem, so I "poked" mine in so that they wouldn't get in the way. Works like a charm. In order to get your hood open now you need two people. One person to keep pushing the hood back down, while the other person keeps pulling the hood latch. It will eventually come up, then get rid of those stoppers and my hood opens no problem.

  • governor61 Aug 26, 2008

    I pull the hood latch located inside the vehicle but the hood will not pop open. I have a 1998 ford explorer Eddie Bauer edition. How cn I open the hood. thanks

  • goldelocks99 Jan 15, 2009

    it is sub-zero here in MN, my hood latch is frozen battery dead, need to get hood open, any suggetions??

  • Anonymous May 10, 2009

    This must be a ford thing. My 98 explorer has the same problem. I've tried everything but now I'm going to your trick.

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    How do you remove front grill of 98 trooper to get to hood latch

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    need help for a do it yourself

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    Latch doesn't pop hood open

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    how to open broken hood latch

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    how to open broken hood latch



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If the lach is of the hood cable you need to go in threw the grill

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