Best guess is the latch is rusted and not working freely. Try having someone assist you by pressing down with their hands on the front of the bonnet while you pull on the handle. You assistant may even have to push & let up (pump) on the front of the bonnet while you pull and release the handle several times to get the latch to come free. This may take consideral effort to pull the handle, just be carefull not to excert enough force that you break the handle.
Once you get the latch to release, lubricate the latch and cable with a good quality penertating oil.
Let me know if this helps.
Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 AT 9:51 AM