Failing the Carbide tipped chain saw. ...
You could try just behind the lever (if that's where the cable is
broken). If so, grab the wire with vise grips and pull while someone
depresses the hood.
Failing that. Cut the cable and feed it into the engine compartment
while someone reaches up from underneath to pull it down to workable
level (can't quite recall the routing on those) but it should go past
the washer jug on the drivers side.
Or. (if you can't see it through the grill, remove the grill (in one
or many pieces) and then activate the release. It is reachable, just
a bit of a B*tch.
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