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Opening the hood with the C4 Tool

I had the cables replaced a year ago and mine still needs the tool about 1 out of 3 times. The cable stretched again and I have a loop about the size of a dime in mine to shorten it. It still sticks sometimes.
Put the tool in with the short tip pointed towards the inside of the engine. Line up that piece of electrical tape with the molding strip on the window. Lift the handle towards the window gently and it will usually pop up. If you can get the tip to drop into the hole in the plate it only takes a little flick to pop it. Once you get the hang of it it takes no time at all.
If it seems to take a lot of pressure do NOT keep pushing. The spring on the post does all the work. It is easy to scratch up the black paint if you push too hard. Don't bend the tool (I wonder how I know that?). It only (usually) needs a little shove to pop it loose. Practice with the hood open and it will be obvious what you need to do.
 
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