I attempted to open the hood of my 2017 Chevy Cruze using the marked lever, but it didn't seem to do anything. How do I open the hood?

  • You pulled the lever under the dash I take it ... did the hood pop up at all? Commented Sep 12, 2023 at 20:53
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    It clicked open like an inch or two. I can barely stick my fingers in , but couldn’t find a lever to pull up. Commented Sep 12, 2023 at 20:59
  • We were stuck once for AN HOUR at a gas station in europe trying to open the fuel flap on a rental car! Gotta hate things like this.
    – Fattie
    Commented Sep 14, 2023 at 12:51

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Sandra, the manual says pull the handle near the driver's door, release it, then pull again and the hood will open. If you've lost your owner's manual, please use the link below for future mysteries. You're always welcome here if the manual is unclear or confusing.

2017 Chevy Cruze User Manual (pdf)


  • I have to ask; is there a reason why this is a two-pull action? Is there some situation where the midway "hood a little bit up" option is useful? I'm just wondering why it's not a one-pull action.
    – Moschops
    Commented Sep 13, 2023 at 8:49
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    @Moschops It has been the law of the land for decades. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 113, Hood Latch System, requires two separate actions to open a car's hood to help prevent accidental hood opening while driving. Most cars have a hood release then a manual latch under the hood, but the Cruze complies with the standard by requiring two pulls on the same lever.
    – MTA
    Commented Sep 13, 2023 at 12:34
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    I feel this system is incredibly dumb because it would appear that you can open it entirely (past the safety latch) from inside the car alone, while at speed
    – Fattie
    Commented Sep 14, 2023 at 12:52
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    @Fattie I'm not familiar with the Cruze, but the instructions would suggest that the driver's door would need to be open in order for the lever to be pulled - i.e. the door being closed physically blocks the action of the lever. I've driven cars with a similar arrangement (e.g. 2014 VW Passat). Commented Sep 14, 2023 at 20:57
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    @AlexTaylor is correct, you can see this at 1:26 in the video posted by Paulster2. The paddle on the lever is blocked by the door when it is shut.
    – user71659
    Commented Sep 15, 2023 at 22:18

For the Chevy Cruze, you have to pull the inside lever twice, then it should open. There won't be a lever under the hood to get it the rest of the way after the first pull.

While this is a terrible video, it explains it: https://youtu.be/zEIDd8HDtjo?si=Ga4-rhS14KpKJKf0


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