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I have a problem with the hood release mechanism of my Ford Fiesta 1.4 TDCi Zetec (58 reg). The hood release cable in the driver footwell offers resistance but fails to pop the hood as usual. I have also tried pulling the cable further than it usually goes with pliers. This means I can't access my dead battery and so can't drive the car to a garage.

I have tried wiggling the cable while someone else applies pressure to the hood, and poking around under the hood with a screwdriver and torch to see if I could work it free, but have had no luck. I've also called a mechanic to look at it who was similarly stumped and suggest I look up videos online, but I couldn't find anything relevant.

In light of all this, is there a way I could open this? Even if it isn't a permanent fix, I would like to avoid a tow out fee by just jump starting the car and then I could get a proper fix at a garage.

Below is an image from Google, which looks to be the same model as my car, to illustrate what the interior latch mechanism looks like.

Not my car, but this is what the model looks like

  • Maybe pull the grill out to give more access to the latch? – Moab Jul 15 at 20:52
  • I think you need the hood up to do that @Moab. – GdD Jul 15 at 21:24
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    While you were pulling the interior release, did your friend try both lifting up on the hood as well as pushing it downward and even sideways? Movement in several directions might help free the latch. Failing that, take a look at this which might apply to your Fiesta: youtube.com/watch?v=TAI83lvPxLE – DavidSupportsMonica Jul 16 at 5:01
  • "58 reg" won't mean anything outside the United Kingdom. Registered between 1 September 2008 and 28 February 2009. – Michael Harvey Jul 17 at 17:58

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