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Great Article. It is true that 99% of the times, the issue will be the hood struts. They physically keep the whole hood in place. I'd want to say 100% but we cannot leave out other issues that might happen, e.g. simply a broken nut bolt etc. For more advanced cars using a hydraulic system, the fault can be due to a number of other reasons. A more serious problem is when the hood stays closed and won't open again. That is a more complicated issue, although very rare.

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