Hood stuck and won’t open 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Sante Fe

I cannot get the hood of my Santa Fe open. The hood release lever on the panel beneath the dashboard does not pop the hood. We removed the lever and plastic panel and tried pulling on the cable that connects to the hood latch in front of the hood and it still won’t open. Help!!

Sometimes the need of attaching a pair of Vise Grips to the cable and then pulling is enough to get the job done. Other times wiggling and moving the hood around a bit at the same time does the trick. Has the car been in an accident? If there is damage to the hood or surrounding areas you may need to seek out a body shop for assistance.


Lastly, if you can see the mounting bolts after you have removed the front plastic cover, remove the mounting bolts on the hood latch itself.