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Q: Hood not opening

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My hood won't open.

A: Hi. You are fortunate that the latch is acc...

Hi. You are fortunate that the latch is accessible. You can get under the front of your car and look up just behind the bumper. You will see the bottom of the hood latch, and the operating cable going into the latch. Pull on the cable first, to see if the latch will release. If it does not, you will see a metal hook on the bottom of the latch; just move it open, or away from where the latch sits, and it should release, so that you can access the hand release from the outside as normal. Be prepared to repair the hood release while you have it open. This may require changing the cable, the latch, or both. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, hire a qualified repair tech to determine the source and cause of your hood issue, such as one from YourMechanic.

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