My 2004 Honda Pilot occasionally will only start when the hood latch is released. When this occurs, the car is completely dead, and no electrical system works, including keyless entry, lights, etc. Also when this occurs the radio is dead afterwards, needing the code to reset. I initially suspected that I had a battery or alternator issue, but both tested normally, and the battery is only a couple of months old. Then I noticed that when I popped the hood release that it would start normally. I thought the hood must be making contact with something that was causing a short, but I cannot find anything obvious and I have not done any work under the hood that would have changed the factory configuration. The only other symptom that seems to apply is it fails to start most often after heavy rain, which is most days as I live in the tropics. Any help or advice on what I should look into would be appreciated. I only paid $3500 for the car, and don’t want to spend an arm and a leg chasing down an intermittent electrical fault.