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Was looking for a good excuse to take her in and get some RRT's flashed and the Navi Update, and now I have one. For the second time, I attempted to open the hood/engine compartment to add washer fluid and gaze at the engine, and the hood engine compartment release handle(very flimsy cheaply made plastic feels like a kids toy) inside under the steering wheel , came loose and disengaged from the cable somehow and will not stow back in place properly, and I cannot get the hood open. This is the second time this happened the car has already been in for this and I waited then over a week for the "part" to come in.Has anyone else had this flaw? Seems like a weak link for a car of this stature. The lack of fix on this takes away some confidence in the service link at the FCA dealers as they coordinate service w Alfa...hope these guys know what their doing...
 

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I had the same problem but the dealership was seemingly able to fix it without new parts which is fortunate. The unfortunate piece of the story is that I found out it was broken when the battery died (replaced under warranty) which means I couldn't access the boost spots under the hood. I then had to get my wife to crawl through into the trunk via the tiny middle seat section to pop the emergency trunk release to access the battery. Car was backed into the garage which was the next fun part in getting between the trunk and back wall to pull the panel, hook up a portable booster and get the car out of the garage and onto a flat bed. Overall, two hours of my life I will never get back!
 

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Yes, all I was trying to do was refill my washer fluid...at one point in the repair process I spoke w customer care or the dealer while waiting for the part to come in and they said, don't worry, if you need to get under the hood you can just call roadside to bail you out...if that happens I'll let you know how long that takes.
 

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I am not surprised this is happening. The first time I popped the hood, I was shocked at how flimsy and cheap the hood release components are. Seriously, how much more would it cost to use quality materials on such an important part on a $40-50,000 car? $5 bucks??? If that. It felt like it was going to break off in my hand.
 

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Pull lightly and keep the lever flat against the side.
 

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I find the hood doesn't pop-up like most cars. You have to pry it open with fingertips. So it can be released but you keep yanking on the lever because the hood doesn't perceptually move.
 
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I found it to be the same way, the one ore two times I opened the hood before it failed. No positive click or pop, and no movement up front until I went up to give it the finger and "Alfa schiaffo"to get it open. Worked the first couple of times but the latch Handle gave up. The cable and latches under the hood are actually pretty substantial and seem rigged well and it closes positively, but the cable in between as it connects to the Handle is limp. From reading other issues, it seems like other systems are connected/affected (auto stop/start??) if the hood doesn't latch properly, so I hope they get this corrected.
 

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The lever under the dashboard only unlatches the driver side, the lever under the front of the hood unlatches the passenger side.
 

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You shouldn't have to pry the hood up with your fingers after pulling the levers. Adjust the rubber hood bumpers to make the hood pop up when pulling the lever. Turn them counterclockwise a little.
 

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Was looking for a good excuse to take her in and get some RRT's flashed and the Navi Update, and now I have one. For the second time, I attempted to open the hood/engine compartment to add washer fluid and gaze at the engine, and the hood engine compartment release handle(very flimsy cheaply made plastic feels like a kids toy) inside under the steering wheel , came loose and disengaged from the cable somehow and will not stow back in place properly, and I cannot get the hood open. This is the second time this happened the car has already been in for this and I waited then over a week for the "part" to come in.Has anyone else had this flaw? Seems like a weak link for a car of this stature. The lack of fix on this takes away some confidence in the service link at the FCA dealers as they coordinate service w Alfa...hope these guys know what their doing...
Hi Salfatore,

Sorry to hear about this! If you need further assistance during your dealership appointment please send us a PM with your VIN and let me know.

Andrea
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I had the same problem, the hood needed to be pried open with my fingers. So, I got it open and sprayed a generous amount of WD-40 all over the pieces where the hood latches are. It has worked perfectly ever since. It opens now without having to use your fingers to pry it open. I have no problems with opening my hood at all now. The spray worked!
 

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I had the same problem but the dealership was seemingly able to fix it without new parts which is fortunate. The unfortunate piece of the story is that I found out it was broken when the battery died (replaced under warranty) which means I couldn't access the boost spots under the hood. I then had to get my wife to crawl through into the trunk via the tiny middle seat section to pop the emergency trunk release to access the battery. Car was backed into the garage which was the next fun part in getting between the trunk and back wall to pull the panel, hook up a portable booster and get the car out of the garage and onto a flat bed. Overall, two hours of my life I will never get back!
MacGeek reported that there is an external emergency trunk release hidden on the trunk lid. I'm not sure about the security of same. See post #7

http://www.giuliaforums.com/forum/2...-how-unlock-your-trunk-when-battery-dead.html
 

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MacGeek reported that there is an external emergency trunk release hidden on the trunk lid. I'm not sure about the security of same. See post #7

http://www.giuliaforums.com/forum/2...-how-unlock-your-trunk-when-battery-dead.html
My tech showed me that port on Friday. It's in the engine compartment, not on the trunk lid. You can't access it unless you have the hood open and you would have to know where to look (and how it operates) anyway. So no security issues.

Edit...now I see the post being referred to. MacGeek says it is a cord that can be dangled outside the lid in case of losing power while it's open...so again no security issues unless you do that and forget its dangling!
 

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Can you tell us more about this?

I need to do it urgently :(

"My tech showed me that port on Friday. It's in the engine compartment, not on the trunk lid. You can't access it unless you have the hood open and you would have to know where to look (and how it operates) anyway. So no security issues."
 

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Suffering the same problem on my month old car. Taking it in Tuesday. I sincerely hope that I do not have to leave it waiting for parts Didn't realize what a cheap chintzy part the lever was until it fell off on my foot while driving. It just pops into a hole in the chassis to mount it. My 1979 Fiat 124 spider has a better and more thought out design
 
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