It hasn't happened yet, but I was looking at it today and it got me wondering. How would you open a hood if the cable broke at the hood release mechanism? It's suppose to keep the bad guys out so I'm guessing there isn't an easy way other than cutting out the grill and drilling some access holes. I looked at my shop manual and there was one sentence about "sticking the correct size rod up from below". I looked at it from every angle, there ain't any little spots for a "correct size rod" to come up from under ... and if there was, I'm guessing every car thief would know about this and that would sort of defeat the purpose of the lock in the first place. Anyone ever run into this?? Eric M.