Honda Civic Problems

Hood Release Handle is Broken on Honda Civic

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The hood release handle will commonly break while trying to open the hood. If the cable is OK and the hood latches are not binding, you can replace just the handle. You will find that many people use a pair of pliers to open the hood and that's always an option if you chose to not fix it. We recommend replacing the handle at the very least as it's an inexpensive fix that simplifies the opening of the hood. 

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Honda Civic Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 142,422 (45,000–248,000)
13 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1996, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
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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.
Hood release plastic handle broke off flush with cable end. Replaced it with home made metal tab. No more problem.
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.
Broken handle on hood release cable. Replaced with dealer part . Cost about $25.00 & 2 hours of my labor.
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.