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Old 30 Dec 2013, 05:46 pm
istock@sherwoodwindows.com
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Default 1998 Civic Hood Latch Release

The hood latch release on my kids' 1998 Civic seems to have either stretched beyond being useful, or the latch is so rusted that it has seized up.

I can pull the release knob but it doesn't release the hood.

Any suggestions on how to pop the hood when "Plan A" fails?

Ian

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Old 31 Dec 2013, 01:15 pm
Earl Grey
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Default Re: 1998 Civic Hood Latch Release

On 12/30/13, 6:46 PM, istock@sherwoodwindows.com wrote:
> The hood latch release on my kids' 1998 Civic seems to have either stretched beyond being useful, or the latch is so rusted that it has seized up.
>
> I can pull the release knob but it doesn't release the hood.
>
> Any suggestions on how to pop the hood when "Plan A" fails?
>
> Ian
>


Best case is reach through the grill with a tool and poke/trip the first
release latch. Next best is having to crawl underneath and come up from
below the engine. Either way, watch out for your fingers!

Might get it done for free if you have a regular garage or dealer you
frequent.
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Old 01 Jan 2014, 12:38 pm
Geoff Welsh
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Default Re: 1998 Civic Hood Latch Release

istock@sherwoodwindows.com wrote:
> The hood latch release on my kids' 1998 Civic seems to have either stretched beyond being useful, or the latch is so rusted that it has seized up.
>
> I can pull the release knob but it doesn't release the hood.
>
> Any suggestions on how to pop the hood when "Plan A" fails?
>
> Ian
>


while one person pulls the release repeatedly, the other person does a
two-fist drum-roll on the hood above the latch. Stuck ones usually
loosen that way.

GW
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