I replaced the cable in my 95 - same thing had happened, the handle had separated from its post. For awhile, I was able to open the hood by pulling really hard on it.
Once you get it open, it's easy to replace. I did it at my son's lacrosse practice, in less than a half hour. If you can't find one at a wrecking yard, as I recall the price at the dealer is not too bad.
2005 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT, 129K mi.
Former owner of:
1988 Dodge Caravan SE, 2.5L I4 (1988-1995, 99K mi); 1995 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE "Rallye", 3.3L (1995-2004, 169K mi); 2003 Grand Caravan Sport, 3.8L, (2004-2008, 106K mi), 2008 Nissan Quest, (2008-2010, 25K mi)
2008 Lexus RX400h (Dark Gray), 112K mi; 2005 Hyundai Elantra GT (Blue), 89K mi