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How do you pop the hood on a 2001 mercury cougar when the hood latch cable snaps?

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2008-07-10 18:49:42
2008-07-10 18:49:42

To open the hood on a 2001 Mercury Cougar when the hood latch cable snaps you will need to release the mechanism from the underside. You will need a mechanics prybar and look up from underneath the car, place the screwdriver tip in the release mechanism and turn.

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