Hood won't open


Old 10-05-03, 06:32 AM
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Unhappy Hood won't open

My 1998 Contour SVT needs and oil change, but I can't get the hood to open. I have checked the cable as far as I can get to it and it doesn't appear to be broken. The latch sounds like it's going to release but then doesn't. I've tried pushing down on the hood while another person pulls the release lever, but it won't budge. I even took it to an oil change place and they couldn't get it open either. Any ideas before I pull off the bumper? Thanks!
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Old 10-05-03, 07:15 AM
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take it to a general repair shop and im sure they can get the hood open for you and determine what is wrong. you probably cant even remove the bumper without getting the hood open first that is without breaking something.
Old 10-05-03, 07:53 AM
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Have someone bang on the hood (really good but not enough to damage it) while you pull in and out on the cable. It should eventually come up.

Then, investigate where the problem is so it doesn't happen again.

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