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How do I open a car hood if the latch is broken?

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It usually takes two people to open a car hood with a broken latch. One person holds down the handle or lever to release the latch, while the other person pushes down on the hood to get it to pop up.

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How do I open a car hood if the latch is broken?
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One person may be able open a hood with a broken latch by holding down the lever inside the car with the right hand and, with the car door open, pounding on the hood with the left hand. A rusty latch is often the reason a latch fails. Clean the rust off the latch with a can of carburetor cleaner. Popular Mechanics recommends that you fix a broken latch before the cable breaks, which makes the hood even more difficult to open.

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