New hood latch release on 4066r and others need a screwdriver or such to open hood.
Consider this to be a bit of dumbassery on Deere's part and needs fixing.
Removed the too short rod (held in place by a small cotter hairpin), even lopped a little off to make room
for a coupler, threaded the end 1/4 X 20 threads.
Installed a 1/4" coupler and jam nut (used *blue* Locktite also to make sure they don't unscrew).
On the other end of the coupler installed a 1/4" stainless steel Philips head screw and jam nut (also
used blue Locktite on that end for final assembly).
The Philips head looks like a little button that's supposed to be there.