2005 Honda Element Q&A
2005 Honda Element Question: Hood release not working...
It could be your hood latch is stuck due to the cold. Try having someone tap on the front of the hood over the latch area with their fist while you are pulling the release cable. If that does not work the cable may be damaged, if that is the case the faulty cable will need to be replaced. - Russ
The hood is probably frozen closed. Try tapping around the edges of the hood to break it free, or maybe some warm water around the edges. I have this happen when I'm up in the mountains, and these things normally work. - barrym