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This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to open the hood on Lexus vehicles. 

Table of Contents


  1. Park your vehicle on level ground. Parked Lexus


  2. Turn off the ignition and set the parking brakes. 
  3. Pull the hood release under the dashboard. You should hear the hood pop open.  
    Release Lexus hood
    Lexus Hood Release Under Dashboard


  4. Go to the front of the car. Slide your hand under the hood.
    Slide hand under Lexus hood and lift
    2015 Lexus NX 200T Hood 
    2004 Lexus ES330 Hood Latch Location
    2004 Lexus ES330 Hood Latch Location
  5. Press the hood safety release to the side. 
    2016 Lexus GS 460 Hood Latch
    2016 Lexus GS 460 Hood Latch
    2004 Lexus ES 330 Hood Latch
    2004 Lexus ES 330 Hood Latch


  6. Lift the hood and ensure it can stay open on its own.  If your hood has a prop rod, use it to keep the hood open. If the hood doesn't stay up on its own, have a helper keep the hood open. 
    How to open lexus hood
    Open Lexus Hood


Lift the hood a little and slide your hand under the hood, which should be popped up slightly. If the hood has not raised about one inch, pull the hood release again. 

How to open the hood if you can't unlock the driver's door

If your Lexus battery is dead, you won't be able to unlock the driver's door with the keyfob. 

Remove the emergency key from the keyfob. Use the metal key in your keyfob to unlock the driver's door. The tumbler in the driver's door may have a plastic cover on top. Pry the plastic cover of the key handle.