Hood latch is not releasing.

The hood latch on my vehicle will not release.
Experienced mechanics share their insights in answering this question :
Either the latch has failed on your truck, or the hood release cable is stretched. Often the hood can be released from underneath with a pair of pliers. Then the latch or cable can be properly repaired. A professional, such as one from YourMechanic, can repair your hood release.

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To open the hood, go inside the vehicle and pull the hood release handle located under the left hand side of the instrument panel.
The most likely issue is that the latch is dirty, rusted, or rotting. The hood latch is usually partially exposed to the elements, so it`s easy for it to become dirty. Clean the latch with a part cleaner and brush until it looks clean.
The hood sensor is a simple electrical switch. When the hood is closed, the switch is open. When the hood is open, the switch is closed and a warning is illuminated on the dash. If the hood sensor is not working properly, the alarm can go off when you are driving or the car may not detect when the hood is open.
Go to the front of your vehicle and locate the secondary release lever under the front of the hood on the left-hand side. Release the hood latch by pushing the secondary release lever toward the center of your vehicle.
Step 1 – Locate the hood release, which is usually located near the driver side kick panel. If it isn`t there, we suggest checking just under the dash on the left side, as well. Step 2 – Hold the release and firmly pull outward to activate the hood latch.
Step 1 – Locate the hood release, which is usually located near the driver side kick panel. If it isn`t there, we suggest checking just under the dash on the left side, as well. Step 2 – Hold the release and firmly pull outward to activate the hood latch.

Relevant Questions and Answers :

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hood latch locked before could. Lose hood and now hood is jammed and can’t get it unjammed
ANSWER : Hi there:

If the hood was having a problem closing and won’t open now, it’s typically an indicator that the hood latch itself is damaged or simply needs to be lubricated. The best way to have this issue repaired or diagnosed is to contact a professional mechanic and have them complete a door will not open inspection. This will allow them to determine why the front hood on your 96 Ford Explorer is locked and recommend the right repairs.

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Hood latch is broken and the hood wont open, the latch has a euro design.
ANSWER : I would recommend continuing to look for the cable that goes to the hood release latch. If you have to remove interior paneling to do so, I would recommend it. Getting ahold of that cable and pulling on it with a pair of pliers is likely the best way to get the hood open at this point.

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Hood cable broke and hood won’t open
ANSWER : Hello. There is a spring loaded latch that the cable pulls on so you should grab a flashlight and a screwdriver like the one you saw him use and look for where the spring is. The lever needs to be pushed towards the drivers side of the car. If you play with it a little bit, you’ll get it. Keep in mind it’s spring loaded so it will require a little force. There are multiple videos that show the process if you still cannot get it to release.

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Hood not opening when using latch
ANSWER : It is common for the latches to get a bit stuck sometimes. A bit of a nudge on the hood while you are pulling on the release lever might do the trick. If not the cable could possibly be broke or stretched to the point where it is no longer pulling the release lever enough. The battery issue is not associated with this problem and will be a separate issue. If the nudge does not work, consider giving YourMechanic a call. A mechanic will be able to determine if the cable has stretched and replace it if needed.

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hood safety latch won’t open
ANSWER : Hello there, this is not an uncommon occurrence as vehicles age and the hood has been opened many times. The cable can become weak at the hood latch, or the pull tab on the hood latch has become disconnected and won’t open the hood. The most likely cause of this would be a failing latch assembly.

I would not release the hood at this point, as it most likely will not shut properly with the latch acting up. If you decide to get this fixed, a qualified technician from YourMechanic can properly diagnose and repair your hood latch at your own convenience.

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Hood cannot be opened
ANSWER : Hey there. You may need to have another person check on the hood latch in the center front when pulling on the release. If it will not work, then the vehicle may need to be on a lift to access under hood to get to latch and release it.

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Closing a hood
ANSWER : Hello. Some hoods will require the extra push to latch completely. The manual recommendation may not always work since you are talking about a mechanical latch that is no different to a door latch. If it will not latch for you from 12 inches and dropping it then try twice that height and see if that works. If it does, then you know how high to drop it from. If your hood still does not close, then have a local body shop or dealer check the latch adjustment to bring it a little higher so it can latch easier.

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My lift gate wont open
ANSWER : You will need to have the body computer scanned using a Tech2 device or something similar that can access the body control module for a rear door diagnosis. The door can be actuated and tested by a technician to see what is not working. Once the issue has been pinpointed the necessary parts or adjustments can be made accordingly.

If you decide to get this fixed, consider YourMechanic, as a certified technician can come to your location to diagnose the issue with your lift gate and make the necessary repairs.

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