With a pair of pliers pulling the latch.
my hood latch did the same thing, and i found the only way to make it catch is by manually pushing the hood release button BACK IN before closing the hood and then it seems to work fine If you have to manually push the release back in to operate the mechanism, you have one of two problems. The spring on the hood latch is broken or the hood latch or release cable is corroded and sticky. Locate the hood latch near the radiator and spray it liberally with a penetrating lubricant, visually check to see if the return spring is broken. If the spring is good and the lubricant doesn't fix the problem you will need to replace the cable, which looks much like the brake cables on a bicycle.
1. Adjust hood latch using 3 screws. Hood striker must be aligned with centre of latch striker. 2. Make sure latch isnt stuck due to tight cable. 3. Adjust hood alignment if necessary (after performing adjustment of hood latch). 4. Ensure hood rubber dampers arent too high (hence not allowing engagement of hood striker to latch mechanism). 5. Lubricate latch mechanism. Eyeball it so you know what's cooking. If all else fails, replace the latch (use a screwdriver to mimic the hood engaging with the latch. If it catches, the latch is OK.)
I assume you have tried opening it by pulling the hood release lever. Determine the cause of the hood not opening. If the release handle for the hood doesn't retract back into position after you pull it, it's likely that the cable leading to the latch is broken. If the release handle retracts as usual and you can feel it trying to release the latch, it may be the latch itself that is broken. It is more common for the latch to be broken or jammed than for the cable to be broken. Rule out the hood being jammed shut before you proceed as if the latch is broken. Have another person stand in front of the car and pull up on the hood while you stay inside the car and pull on the hood release cable. This may help unjam the hood if that is the problem. If this still doesn't help the hood lift up, you can proceed as if the latch unit is broken. Shine a flashlight through the front grill of the car to locate the latch unit. Once you can see it, use a screwdriver to go through the front grill and manipulate the screwdriver in different ways, trying to open the latch. The latch is spring loaded, so it may take pressure to open the latch manually. Be careful to stay away from the condenser for the air conditioning unit--the screwdriver could puncture a hole in it if you don't keep it only on the latch assembly.
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