Hood Release Cable May Break at Handle on Honda Civic

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 139,551 (12,000–248,000)
13 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1996, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
265 people reported this problem
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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.
i went to pull the handle to open the hood and it broke now i have to use pliers to pull open the hood
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.
My 2005 Honda Civic hood release cable doesn't work. I found out when I went for an oil change and they couldn't get the hood open. I have an appt. to get it fixed at a local car repair shop. It seems this is a common problem and I think there should be a recall so the dealer pays for the cost of repairing the problem.
I use a pair of pliers to pop the hood now. Would need to replace whole cable haven't gotten around to doing it.
Hood latch mechanism completely missing, hood will not open. Need to tow vehicle to dealership because battery is also dead.