well I got the hood to pop. All I did was keep pulling and it finally poped. The K&N air filter is more of a pain than I thought it would be to get off though. May not happen today, since I live in a apartment and don't have a garage or anything just a flat head screwdriver.
the lines on hoods work on a tension system, if they come lose from where they originaly are routed, then they wont work, make sure you put it back to where it is suppose to go and make sure its slightly taught before you shut it