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How do you get the hood up if the hood release cable is broken?

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2008-03-21 22:15:07
2008-03-21 22:15:07

IF the Cable is broken on the hood latch, I used a long, flat head screwdriver. Locate the eyelet under the hood, and push it with the screwdriver. It's difficult, but it works. Replace the hood latch before you close the hood. Good zluck.

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