Finding Out What Causes Dodge Neon Hood Latch Problems
Your Dodge Neon hood latch releases the hood lock so that you can access the engine components under the hood. If it stops working, it could mean trouble-you won't be able to inspect what's wrong with your radiator or replace your bumper cover. You also won't be able to check for dangerous oil or coolant leaks. When this happens, you can check for the common symptoms of a broken or failing hood latch and either apply a quick fix or replace your hood latch completely. Here are a few signs of hood latch failure and steps on how to diagnose and troubleshoot them properly:
Hood latch won't open the hood
The hood can get stuck and won't open. A quick fix would be to have someone pull the handle while you tap on the edge of the hood with your hand. This will open the hood forcibly. If the hood is stuck, you may have to try opening it from under the vehicle. These two tricks will help you open the hood, but if the problem persists, you should consider replacing your hood latch if you see signs of excessive damage.
Hood won't open all the time
Sometimes your hood latch opens your car's hood, sometimes it doesn't. At times, you'll even have to drive over a speed bump to get the hood to open after releasing the interior latch. An intermittently working hood latch may mean you have to lubricate it. Try spraying some penetrating oil such as WD-40 on the latch. Pull at the handle with your fingers and observe if it moves easier. If it works, finish off by applying some white grease on the latch.
Interior hood latch won't open the hood partially
If the interior hood latch doesn't seem to respond, you will need to check the hood latch at the front of your vehicle. Inspect the hood release cable and spring for damage or looseness. These components are located at the back of the latch assembly. A damaged hood release cable or spring may break the connection between the interior latch and the actual hood latch.