- Unlock the vehicle and open the driver's door.
- Pull the hood release located under the dashboard.
- Go to the front of the vehicle.
- Unlock the hood latch by sliding your hand under the hood and sliding the tab above the emblem.
- Pull the hood up until the hydraulic hood struts are in the up position.
If the hood doesn't stay up, follow our tutorial on how to replace the hood strut supports on a Kia Optima.