How do you lift a car hood?

I smell something burning under the hood of my car. I figured I should take a look before I bring it to a mechanic, but I can’t figure out how to open it! What’s the easiest way to lift a car hood?

Learning how to lift your hood is a key piece of car maintenance 101. Luckily, it’s pretty easy! To lift your car hood:
  • Locate the hood release button/lever in your cabin.
  • Press the button or pull the lever.
  • Go to the front of your car. The hood should now be a little higher than the grill.
  • Put your fingers between the hood and the front of your car. Feel around for the safety catch.
  • Push the safety to the side and lift the hood.
  • If your hood doesn’t stay open on its own, search the sides of the engine area for a hood prop.
  • Once you find it, fold it upwards so your hood can rest on the wire.
Congratulations! If you followed those steps, then you just learned how to open a hood. You could try to locate the burning smell yourself once the hood is up, but this type of smell is never a good sign. Having your car checked by a professional as soon as possible is the safest option.
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Joshua Levy
Answered on Nov 16, 2021

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