Troubleshooting a Stuck Saturn L300 Hood
Having a stuck Saturn L300 hood can be irritating, especially if you badly need to fix something inside your car's engine bay. Now you shouldn't fret and head over to a mechanic right away. Most stuck hoods can be easily fixed at home using basic tools. Common problems with broken hoods usually revolve around either a broken latch cable or a faulty latch. Check out our handy troubleshooting guide and you'll get your hood open in a few minutes.
The small lever that you usually push before pulling up your hood may be the cause of your problem. You'll notice it right away, especially when it won't budge while you try opening your hood. One of the simplest solutions that you could try would be to push down on your hood, pull on your hood release handle, and try opening it again using the lever. Sometimes, the lever could just have gotten stuck because of corrosion, so a sudden jolt could jiggle it loose. Be careful that you don't push or pull too hard, as you could damage your hood.
You could also try using a pair of needle-nose pliers and pull the cable connected to your lever to open your hood. You might also be able to move the lever using a screwdriver. Find the latch underneath your hood and push it using your screwdriver and you should be able to pop the hood open.
Loose or broken cable
The little lever that opens your hood might be fine, but if the cable that's connected to it is loose or has snapped, then you won't be able to open it at all. You'll need to peer under your car's hood or even get under the vehicle to find this cable so you could pull on it using a pair of pliers.
Your Saturn L300 hood is held in place with a very simple mechanism, but it can be hard to fix it since it rest in a hard to reach area. If none of the above solutions seem to work, then your best bet would be to have a mechanic work on your hood instead.