Yes the cable needs to be attached. My guess is the latch assembly is already in the lock position, so it won't catch the hood. If you look closly at the mechanism, you will see where the cable goes. Re attach the cable, then go in the car and pull the release lever which will open the assembly allowing the hood to close.
Let me know if this helps, or if you have any other questions.
Monday, November 3rd, 2008 AT 8:08 PM