Q: Hood latch not working

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The mechanism to open the hood of my car does not work.

There are several components to the hood release. The handle, a cable, and the latch. The handle is made of plastic and have a tendency to break over time. The cables are metal cables but they also can break. The break is usually at the ends when it does happen. The latch doesn’t usually fail, but it can get rusty and stiff. When this happens, you put extra stress on the handle and cable. This is when they usually break. A mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, will be able to determine if the latch needs to just be lubricated or if you need to replace any components.

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