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Honda Hood Stuck, DIY Fix


Updated 10 months 3 weeks ago


The hood may get stuck on certain Honda vehicles. When the driver pulls on the hood release the hood latch doesn't unlock. 

Common Honda hood problems: 

  • Honda hood latch is stuck
  • Hood cable is stretched 
  • Honda Accord hood won't release problem
  • Honda Civic hood won't
  • Hood  latch out of adjustment

Is in not uncommon that a hood on a Honda Accord or Civic gets stuck and won't open. It helps to have two people to open a stuck hood.  This tutorial will show how to get your Honda hood open. We will show you how to open the hood on your Honda even if the cable is stuck or broken.

Common Causes

Honda hood stuck. This guide provides instructions on how to open your Honda hood even if the latch is defective or the cable is broken. 

To fix a hood that won't open first, you need to understand what is causing the hood to get stuck. There are many causes, but we will narrow it down to the most common causes and problems. 

Common issues that can cause Honda hood to get stuck




Defective hood latch

Honda hood latch may stick and not release when pulling on the cable.

First, lubricate the latch. If that doesn't fix your problem, consider replacing the hood latch.

Cable Issue

The release cable can break or snap out of the release mechanism. In older cars, the cable can rust and get seized. 

In some cases, all you need to do is reinstall the cable in its correct location. 

Older, rusted Honda release cables need to be replaced. 

Hood damage due to accident

Latches no longer aligned correctly and the hood may not close or open properly.

You will need to adjust the hood latch release or align the hood properly. 


Honda Hood Stuck - How to open

Step 1: Check hood release

Locate the hood release by the driver's footwell. Look behind the release. Did the cable come out of the handle? These handles are made of plastic and often the cable can come out of the handle or the handle itself can break. Some models may even have an adjustment here in case your cable is stretched. 

honda hood stuck

If the cable has come out of the handle use a pair of vice grips to pull on the cable and open the hood. 

Step 2: Press down on the hood

The hood release cable can get stuck; the latch may be worn out or misaligned. To open the hood on your Honda you can try the following procedures. 

  1. Push down on the hood where the hood latch is located and hold the hood down.
  2. A second person pulls on the hood release and holds the cable pulled.
  3. The person pushing the hood down can now lift the hood. 

In other words: push hood down and hold, helper pulls the release and hold, you try to open the hood. Repeat several times with slightly different timing and various amount of pushing and pulling.

how to open honda hood

What this does is release pressure from the hood latch itself making it easier for it to release. This simple trick works in many cases when a Honda hood won't open. 

Step 3: Use a coat hanger

Look through the grill and locate the latch mechanism. Use a coat hanger wire turned as a hook at one end to pull the cable or the release. 

Step 4: Reach under the hood

Get underneath your Honda. Remove any plastic skid shields right after the front bumper. Reach out to where the mechanism is. You should be able to reach the hood cable. Pull firmly, and the hood will pop loose. Only do this when the engine is cold or you risk getting burned. 

If you can get the hood on your Honda to open, examine it carefully before you close it again. First, inspect the cable make sure it is not broken. Next, lubricate the hood latch release using lithium grease such as Liquid Wrench. 

How to open Honda hood with broken cable

If everything you have tried so far has failed your next step is to remove the hood latch release on your Honda. This can be done by using a 3/8" extension and 10mm sockets. Use them to remove the bolts that hold the hood latch in place. Your Honda hood latch will have three or four bolts that need to be removed. They can be accessed directly by going through the grill. If you can remove the front grill it will be even easier to get to these bolts. Once the bolts are removed you can lift up the hood a foot or so and release the hood latch. 

Honda Hood Latch Won't Close

Due to wear the hood latch on your Honda may not lock the hood properly. To fix this problem the first thing that you should do is spray lithium grease on the latch itself. Lithium grease such as Liquid Wrench works much better than WD-40 as it keep the latch lubricated for an extended period.

Other possibilities are that the latch itself on your Honda is misaligned. Loosen the latch bolts and move the latch up slightly. This may allow the hood to close properly. 

If the hood is adjusted incorrectly especially after the accident, it can be difficult to get it open or close properly. To fix this problem look for the rubber adjustment screws at the corners of the hood. These are designed to keep the hood from vibrating too much and properly aligned. They can easily be adjusted by twisting and you will notice ho they move up an down. If the hood on your Honda doesn't stay closed twist, these rubber screwes clockwise to make them lower.