2014 Honda CR-V Hood Release

To open the hood on a 2014 Honda CR-V, locate and pull the hood release under the lower left corner of the dashboard. Click here to learn more.
Written by Melanie Johnson
Reviewed by Hillary Kobayashi
To open the hood of a 2014 Honda CR-V, locate and pull the hood release handle under the lower-left corner of the dashboard. Then, release the lock mechanism by pushing up the hood latch lever in the middle of the hood.
Knowing how to open your vehicle’s hood is an important part of being an educated car owner. Whether you’re giving your SUV an
oil change
or doing some more intense
car repairs
(we hope not!), you’ll need to know how to pop your CR-V’s hood sooner or later.
If you’ve lost your vehicle’s owner’s manual or just need more help opening your 2014 Honda CR-V’s hood, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll cover where to find your SUV’s hood release, how to open it, and whether or not your
car insurance
policy will pay for it if it needs to be repaired or replaced. Let’s dig in!

Where is the hood release on a 2014 Honda CR-V?

The hood release handle is located under the lower-left corner of the dashboard on the driver’s side of your 2014 Honda CR-V. It can be hard to spot because of its size—but look for a black handle with a picture of a car with its hood popped on it. 
The hood release handle is small—but mighty! If you’re trying to open the hood of your SUV, it’s the first button that you’ll need to locate and pull.
From there, you’ll want to exit your CR-V and find the hood latch lever, located in the middle of the hood. Pulling the hood latch lever will release the lock mechanism and allow you to safely lift the hood.
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How to open the hood on a 2014 Honda CR-V

If you’re feeling a little lost, don’t fret! Follow these simple instructions to easily
open the hood
of your Honda CR-V:
  • First and foremost, park your vehicle on level ground and utilize the parking brake.
  • While sitting in the driver’s seat, locate and pull the hood release handle—located underneath the left corner of the dashboard—until you hear the pop of the hood opening.
  • Exit the vehicle, approach the hood, find the hood latch lever—located in the middle of the hood—and pull it. This will dismantle the lock mechanism, allowing you to easily open the hood of your CR-V.
  • From inside the hood, locate and remove the support rod and mount it on the underside of your hood.
And that’s it! From there, you’re in a prime position to give your vehicle an oil change or begin work on any necessary repairs. 

What if the hood release latch doesn’t work?

If you don’t hear the sound of your 2014 Honda CR-V’s hood popping open when you pull the hood release handle, more often than not, you have a cable release problem
The cable release runs from the hood release handle to the hood latch lever. If the cable is completely broken, the entire cable will have to be replaced, but if it’s just misaligned, you may be able to snap the cable back into place—but you’ll have to open the hood for that.
You can try to open the hood by pressing and holding down on the hood of your CR-V while someone else pulls the release lever. If this doesn’t work, you’ll have to completely remove the hood latch by removing the bolts holding it in place. You’ll likely need a 10 mm socket wrench and a 3/8-inch extension. Once all the bolts are removed, you’ll be able to lift the hood high enough to manually release the latch.

How to repair the 2014 Honda CR-V hood release

That said, most of the time,
replacing your 2014 Honda CR-V hood latch
is a job best left to the professionals. How much is that going to cost you, you ask? 
The average cost to repair a hood latch on a 2014 Honda CR-V will vary depending on where you live, but the average range is from $150 to $300. If you choose to go with original Honda parts, you’ll pay more—unless you have
OEM coverage
on your car insurance policy.
Speaking of, will your car insurance cover a broken hood release? 
Maybe. Your
collision coverage
might pay for a new hood latch if it was damaged in an accident. Otherwise, you’ll have to check your car insurance policy to see if there are any additional coverages included in your policy. If not, since your 2014 Honda CR-V is no longer within warranty, you’ll likely have to pay for the repairs yourself.
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