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How To Open Stuck Hood 1988-96 Buick Regal

Created on: 2012-10-05

If the hood is stuck shut, our experts reveal an easy tip to solve this common problem on older vehicles

  1. step 1 :Opening a Stuck Hood
    • Have an assistant pull the hood release handle
    • Push down on the hood
    • Open the hood the rest of the way
    • Apply rust penetrant to the hood latch mechanism and the hood latch striker
    • Open and close the hood repeatedly to check it

Tools needed

  • Rust Penetrant


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Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of 1AAuto.com. Thanks.

This is a common issue on an older car. You go to pull open the hood. You pull the hood release and go to open up the hood. It kind of budges or makes a little noise but it doesn't actually open.

What you do is have somebody in the car pull the hood release while you push down the hood. Pull and release. That just kind of gets things started. Let it go. It comes up and then you've just got to figure out how to get it up the rest of the way.

As soon as you get it open, spray this whole assembly with a ton of penetrating oil. There's a little bar that it hooks up onto. Just spray it up there and then the mechanism loosens up as well. It pays to have your helper stay around while you kind of close the hood and open it up again a bunch of times.

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