Hood Release Cable May Break at Handle on Honda Civic

On some models the hood release cable breaks at the hood release handle.

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Average mileage: 139,279 (12,000–248,000)
13 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1996, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
224 people reported this problem
99 people shared problem details
1996 Honda Civic128,000
The plastic part broke off the cable but the cable is intact. I now carry vise grip pliers in the car to open the hood. You will need to push the cable back in for the hood latch to catch.
Handle broke and I now use a vice grips to open the hood.
1997 Honda Civic125,000
i went to pull the handle to open the hood and it broke now i have to use pliers to pull open the hood
1999 Honda Civic199,500
Broken handle on hood release cable. Replaced with dealer part . Cost about $25.00 & 2 hours of my labor.
2004 Honda Civic125,000
Upon trying to open the hood release it broke. We have not resolved this problem. When we want to open the hood we use plyers.
1999 Honda Civic105,000
I use a pair of pliers to pop the hood now. Would need to replace whole cable haven't gotten around to doing it.
1998 Honda Civic160,000
use pliers to open hood
1999 Honda Civic118,456
bought car used cable handle broken
Hood release plastic handle broke off flush with cable end. Replaced it with home made metal tab. No more problem.
Hood release plastic part snapped off. Using pliers until resolved.
1990 Honda Civic40,000
Never fixed it, just pull the metal piece instead
2006 Honda Civic113,640
The hood release handle broke off at the tip of the metal prong.
2002 Honda Civic60,000
I put a hard wire around the handle and crimped it to hold.
2006 Honda Civic50,000
Not fixed. I open trunk and pull wire cable on right that a mechanic found. This pops open the gas cap.
1999 Honda Civic100,000
Handle broke off hood latch release
1997 Honda Civic220,000
Hood release cable broke at handle
2004 Honda Civic161,000
I have to use a pliers to open the hood becuse the handle broke
Handle has broken, but I can still pull the metal rod with my right hand causing the hood latch to release. Cable ties broken on the first try and are not recommended as a temporary fix. I have yet to replace the handle.
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