I guy told me when you pull the hood lever the hood should pop open on its own to the tune of about 6". He said the small hydraulic shock like things in the nose of the hood did that. Of course, my hood does not pop open at all. I pull the lever and it simply unlatches the hood and I have to go out and raise it all the way up. most of the time the passenger side does not unlatch very well and I have to walk around and pull it up a little to thoroughly unlatch it then walk back to the drivers side to lift it up all the way. If every thing works the way it should what happens when you pull the hood release lever?