The video above shows you the location of both hood … And getting under the hood could be the tougher one. If this doesn’t seem to help, try pushing down on the hood, and then try to pull it open manually. 2. If the hood release is at the front, look around and through the grill and feel under the grill and behind the bumper to find a handle, lever, arm, or button. Keep the hood release pulled, then ask your friend to try to pop the hood open. If the hood release is broken, use pliers to pull on the cable. Now you have two problems! Most of the time, this lever is marked with a side-view outline of the front of the car with the hood up. As a last resort, if the cable is broken, you will have to access the hood latches via the grill or wheel to release the hood. It was done neatly through the narrowest area so it is not readily visible with the hood open. The best way is to find a similar vehicle, open the hood on the car that the hood release works on. Older models open by releasing the latch under the hood. You are trying to open your hood, maybe because you have a problem under there, and snap, the hood release cable breaks. And it’s usually at the bottom of the dash near the driver’s door, or at the bottom of the dash under the steering column, or on the floor at the driver’s side. Step 2: Look for a release latch outside of the car. Some Prius owners have bent the plastic enough to work the latch through. I have gotten he trunk open by doing this and using the latch release or the key button but the hood latch will not release the hood. It's not that easy. Once the hood is open, remove the latch from the hood, reattach it … I find it interesting that the answers all say to stick the key in the door and unlock it. To open the hood, first find the hood release inside the cabin. My question is id there a separate fuse for the hood if so which one is it. I tried taking a pliers and pulling on the metal wire to see if that would pop it open, but it didn't, so I figured I must've busted the whole cable. But it was dark and sub-zero and I hadn't driven the car for over a month and had driving Japanese cars in the meantime where the parking brake release is on the right hand side. Then try to figure how the latch mechanism works. If the hood release is inside the vehicle, press, push, or pull it until you hear the hood pop open. Here's a trick that may work for you. I am trying to use the fuse box by jumping the fuse with an alternative power source. The you can fashion a tool to trip the latch. So I went to check the oil on my car the other day and when I pulled the hood release lever, I snapped the darn cable AND broke the lever. Be careful though, not to damage the hood by pushing or pulling at it too hard. You’ll need to search for a lever at the front of the vehicle beside the grille or front bumper. 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