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Front lid will not open; read other threads; where is the manual cable

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I had my car washed and noticied later that day the front hood would not open; I have read the different threads about stuck lid.

I have used a battery charger, pulled out the red tab in the fuse box and other clamp on door handle for ground; then I pushed the lid button on FOB; I can hear the truck mechanism make a sound yet lid not releasing.

I have read that there is a cable under front bumper and in other threads that it in the passenger wheel well.

Does any have a picture were the cable might be?

2004 C4S

Thanks so much

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Don't ground to the door handle. Use the chrome loop on the latch.

The emergency release wire is in front of the right front wheel behind the fender liner. I think it would be easier to open the engine cover and use the connections there. The engine cover wire is between the bottom of the left taillight housing and the fender pocket the housing fits into. If you use something like a soft plastic scraper to gently wedge the taillight up so that you can see into the crack under it you should see the wire loop laying there. You can then hook it out with a thin piece of wire and open the lid.

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A reminder to do a little project before something like this happens - with the trunk lid open, remove the plastic piece surrounding the latch mechanism, find the manual release cable and re-route it to rest just inside the bumper plug where the tow hook screws in. Then if the latch dies, all you have to do is pop the bumper plug out, pull the release cable and open the trunk manually. Takes about 10 minutes to do this and can save you hours of frustration.

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