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hello. Usually when this happens the issue is that the latch is simply stuck. Are you able to verify if the cable is broken or not?
Alright. I don't think the cable is stretched. What's most likely happening is the hood latch cable is stuck in the release position, but the hood latch itself has not released since it's mostly likely gunked up with rust. When this happens ( which is often), we usually try to vigorously shake the hood up and down very quickly until the latch releases while someone else keeps the handle pulled up so it doesn't move it's way back to the latched position, or sometimes if it's not a car in great condition, you can bang on the hood a few times and get it to release that way.
Unless you are able to look up at the latch from underneath and can see that the cable is not attached to the latch? I highly doubt that's the case though.
I would be surprised if the cable had come off the latch. I have seen it happen but not very often compared to a seized up latch from rust. have someone hold the handle back, or do it with a bungee cord so it doesn't work it's way back and try shaking the hood real good up and down until it un latches. I can recall times where we have spent upwards of a half hour trying to open a hood. Depending on how bad it is, it could be a real task.
yeah. you will have to either bang it a few times, or just keep trying to lift it until it lets loose. as long as the cable is still attached to the latch and to the handle, then it should let go eventually with persistence. They always do. Some are much harder than others.
Did you get it open?
Thanks for getting back to me. I'm happy you got it figured out. Good job!