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Broken hood release cable. How can I open the hood manually?

I have a 2006 Kia Spectra and yesterday my battery died and needed a jump. BUT, when I went to pull the hood release, nothing happened! I could not pop the hood to get to the secondary lock release! How do you open the hood manually? The hood release cable is broken.

I called Kia 24 hr. roadside assistance and the nerve of the guy kept asking me "Are you sure you are pulling the hood release hard enough mame?" Like I didn't know how to work the lever! DUH! They suggested I contact my local dealership. I did and wouldn't you know, the service dept. is closed on weekends! Other than having my car towed to the dealership, I don't know what I can do?

How do you release the hood manually? The release cable is broken and does nothing!

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The cable is held in place by a metal bracket. If it cam off the bracket it won't work.

Look behind the part you pull and you will see the wire and the outer part of the cable. The end of the outer part of the cable has a groove neer the end. This groove slides onto a slot that is located just behind the pull latch. Once you see it it will make since on how it should go.

You can also grab the outer part of the cable and pull the inner wire. If you can pull the wire almost out, then it is broken. But the chances of that are very low.

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Is there a manual way to open the hood of a 2006 sportage-the cable is not broken. but i need oil and cannot open hood!! thanks

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