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How do you open the hood on a Mazda MX3 if the hood release is not working?


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2015-07-15 18:57:26
2015-07-15 18:57:26

I had the same problem on my MX-3. You can reach up from under the car and feel for the spring release to pop the hood. The problem is, the manufacturer put a piece of flat metal in your way, I guess so strangers can't pop it. The metal is not all that hard. It's like an L shaped flap about 3 inches accross horizontally. Reach up with a wrech, or plyers, and bend the piece down so that it's vertical. You will now be able to feel up there for the sping release and pop the hood. Now go back inside and torque the bolt behind the hood release handle, below the dask board, so that you can get more resistance and make it function again.

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Tom Miller

Reach up in between the grill on the drivers side of the front of the car. You will fill a hood release cable. Pull on it and you are in. Or use a hammer-


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