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I pushed down on the inside of my hood latch trying to open it,instead of pulling it up. now my hood will not close. how can i fix it to trip it back to the correct way?

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When you pull the release lever inside the cab, the lock mechanism should return to its open state. If it does not, it is sticking. Either take it out and work it loose with some oil, or replace it.

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Grab a flashlight and a long screwdriver and peer straight down into the hood latch. You should see the end of the hood cable, it's looped in to a metal bracket. Have a helper pull and let go the hood release cable from inside the car, this cable should move to the when pulled, and return when released.

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