How do I pop the hood on my Ford Focus ST?

A stray cat had a litter of kittens in the garage this weekend. While they are cute and all, I am worried about one of them getting under the hood. How can I pop the hood on my Ford Focus ST to make sure a furry friend didn't sneak inside?

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Answer provided by
Shannon Martin
Answered on Jun 17, 2022
Believe it or not, cats do like to get under the hood of cars for warmth, so checking under the hood of your Ford Focus ST is a good idea! You can pop the hood can be done in four easy steps:
  • Locate and lift the hood release lever on the driver’s side instrument panel inside the car. It will be to the lower left of the steering wheel
  • Once you hear a pop, exit the car and slightly lift the hood up
  • Using your hand, feel behind the grille and front bumper for a small flat tab, and then push up
  • Push the hood straight up with one hand and move the hood strut (little metal stick) with the other to secure the hood
Aside from looking for little critters, its smart car maintenance to check under the hood of your Ford now and then to clear out leaves and other debris that accumulates over time.
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