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My car hood does not lock, when i push down it is not a click, hood cable is ok.

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This is one of two things, the first thing is the latch may be frozen and the latch gets stuck, follow the cable to latch arm and you will see where it pulls lever on latch to release, use a screwdriver and see is the latch arm is stuck. you will see the way cable pulls the arm, you want to push it the other way. the next thing it could be is theres a spring attached to this arm and if it broke it will not latch the arm after the hood shuts.good day.

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Try some spray lube like WD-40 on the mechanism and work it with a philips screwdriver. Try to engage it the way the bar on the hood does to get it into the latch mode then pull the release. Sometimes they stick in the open position and the return spring in the latch can't over come the tension. Lube and working it back and forth a few time should cure that.

Check the cable for kinks or sharp bends and damaged outer shield, too

Make sure you lube the safety latch and get it freed up good, too, just in case... (so your hood won't pop up unexpectedly while driving)

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Latch may be bent a bit , Not lineing up.

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This problem is extremly common. Let me explain something.....
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