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97 Powerstroke Hood Stuck

Slamed my hood shut last night and noticed in hadn't closed all the way this morning.
Tried pushing the rest of the way down and it will not catch, stays partially closed as on the safety catch. Reached through grill to release so I can raise to inspect but the saftey catch lever will not move to the release position (towards the left.) Checked release in cab and iit doesn't seem to be engaged ( it just pulls out with no "click" or resistance) Hood will not open......any suggestions?
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Slamed my hood shut last night and noticed in hadn't closed all the way this morning.
Tried pushing the rest of the way down and it will not catch, stays partially closed as on the safety catch. Reached through grill to release so I can raise to inspect but the saftey catch lever will not move to the release position (towards the left.) Checked release in cab and iit doesn't seem to be engaged ( it just pulls out with no "click" or resistance) Hood will not open......any suggestions?
Found previous threads and unbolted 10mm latch bolts through the grill. Then I shaved i/4 off the black plastic table between grill and latch to allow a 1/4 inch ratchet to fit in their next time this happens. Good preventive procedure for you to do NOW.
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Just make sure the latch doesn't get closed before you close the hood. Had it happen twice and both times sucked. I ended up taking a prybar against the latch and beat it over with a hammer.

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Just make sure the latch doesn't get closed before you close the hood. Had it happen twice and both times sucked. I ended up taking a prybar against the latch and beat it over with a hammer.
Thanks but I wound up reaching through the grill and taking the 10mm lacth bolts out which was tight! In case this ever happens again I have cut some of the black plastic out between the grill and the latch so that next time a 1/4 ractchet will fit up in there without cuting your wrists getting the wrench in there. This would be a recommended preventive procedure for any one to do before the latch lock happens.
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Pics of this cut? Sounds like a good idea, but having trouble picturing it.
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