On some models the hood release cable breaks at the hood release handle.
Car Problem Reports
Honda Civic Hood Release Cable May Break at Handle
Honda Civic Problem
Average Mileage: 141,403 mi (12,000 mi - 248,000 mi)
Visitor, 1996 Honda Civic, 128,000 mi
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.
Broken handle on hood release cable. Replaced with dealer part . Cost about $25.00 & 2 hours of my labor.
Visitor, 1997 Honda Civic, 125,000 mi
i went to pull the handle to open the hood and it broke now i have to use pliers to pull open the hood
Visitor, 1999 Honda Civic, 199,500 mi
HOOD RELEASE CABLE BROKE
Handle broke and I now use a vice grips to open the hood.
Visitor, 1999 Honda Civic, 148,000 mi
broke off when pulled, had to replace the handle assembly---NOT cheap!!
Visitor, 1999 Honda Civic, 155,000 mi
cheaply made plastic handle broke off when I pulled the hood release. now I use pliers.
Visitor, 1997 Honda Civic, 197,500 mi
handle was broke at time of purchase.. still havent fixed it and dont plan to.
Visitor, 1991 Honda Civic, 171,000 mi
Hood release cable broke from the plastic pull handle. Had to use pliers to release hood. Not fixed yet
Visitor, 1996 Honda Civic, 100,000 mi
Plastic had become brittle with age and broke. I have been using pliers to open my hood for years. I am going to buy a 1/8"-1/4" T-handle tap wrench from the hardware store for $5 and screw it on there, effectively replacing the broken release.