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96 88 olds, hood is popped but won't open. Is freezing weather a factor and my girlfriend just washed the car. Was wondering if maybe hood hinge is frozen. Anything helps thanks

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Water could have the plastic guide's the release cable runs through or caused them to break limiting the pull on the release. If you look from underneath bumper with light you can see mechanism have someone pull release & hold why look to see whats not disengaging. Yo manually open from there.

Posted on Feb 19, 2015


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SOURCE: Need to open hood manually from outside

it can be done thru the front of the grille , locate the cable coming from the latch mecanism , and cut partially thru the cable to gain access to the inner cable that does the opening of the latch.

it takes a little time an it will be a bit frustrating but it can be done ! I hope all goes well with plowing !

Posted on Dec 19, 2008



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SOURCE: My hood won't pop open

Push down on the hood where the latch is, the design is bad, very.  If you push on it a few times that will excersice the bad design, and make the hood easier to open.

Posted on Jan 12, 2009


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you have to let that hood release get warm enough so that it will pop open then put some motor oil on the mechanisim so it don't freeze up again.. good-luck ray

Posted on Jan 16, 2009

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SOURCE: The hood latch on my 2000 Forester is frozen (in

there is one two ways the first is use like that commercial deicer and spray it into the locking unit if it works and you do get the hood open spray the deicer into the lock again it should take care of it for good and if unsure spray a little WD40 in the latch. the second is more difficult and it requires heat not advisable to use though.

Posted on Dec 20, 2009


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SOURCE: Can't pop the hood on my car

try pulling the cable that conects to the release handle with pliers if this dosent work you will have to remove the grill for acses to the latch

Posted on Dec 29, 2009

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