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Hi what happens when you pull the release inside of the car does it move freely or does the handle stick and not return to it's original position
The cable may be broken possibly then,is there another person around that may be able to assist you in releasing the hood latch
Great,while someone pulls the release another needs to place pressure on the hood in the center where the hood latches,use movement up and down this sometimes will free the hood release,try this first ,if the grille needs to be removed thing will need to be broken, doing as I described above may help us to possibly not get to that point
Did you try spraying a penetrating oil through the grille onto the latch also
I'm sure you were at least close,the grille comes off by pulling forward,but the clips need to be released to avoid damaging but in this case you cannot get to them with the hood closed,you can still get to the latch with a long extension and 12mm socket there are 3 bolts holding the latch in place you should be able to remove them if you have the tools, do you?
we can continue then,this may be the best option the grille may still need to bve removed ,just want to not break thing if we don't need to,thanks