AMC Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1975-1988 Repair Information

Hood

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REMOVAL & INSPECTION EXCEPT PACER



See Figures 1, 2 and 3

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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the hood and fender componentsexcept Pacer models



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Fig. Fig. 2: Matchmark the position of the hood to the hinge ...



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Fig. Fig. 3: ... then unfasten the bolts. With an assistant, remove the hood from the vehicle

If the hood is properly aligned, prior to removal, matchmark the position of the hinges and hood reinforcement.

  1. Raise the hood fully.
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  3. Disconnect the underhood light wire.
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  5. Matchmark the hood-to-hinge position.
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  7. While your assistant supports the hood, remove the hood-to-hinge bolts and lift off the hood.
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  9. Installation is the reverse of removal. Torque the bolts to 23 ft. lbs.
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Pacer See Figure 4

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Fig. Fig. 4: Hood and front fender componentsPacer models

If the hood is properly aligned, prior to removal, matchmark the position of the hinges and hood reinforcement.

  1. Raise the hood fully.
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  3. Disconnect the underhood light wire.
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  5. Unbolt the grille from the hood.
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  7. Matchmark the hood-to-hinge position.
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  9. While your assistant supports the hood, remove the hood-to-hinge bolts and lift off the hood.
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  11. Installation is the reverse of removal. Torque the bolts to 23 ft. lbs.
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ALIGNMENT



See Figures 5 through 9

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Fig. Fig. 5: Loosen the hood hinge bolts to adjust the hood forwards and backwards



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Fig. Fig. 6: To adjust the hood vertically, turn the stop screws at the front and or rear of the hood



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Fig. Fig. 7: The hood pin can be adjusted to ensure it locks properly



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Fig. Fig. 8: Loosen the hinge-to-body bolts and move the hood up and down to adjust the rear height of the hood



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Fig. Fig. 9: The hood lock base can also be adjusted to ensure positive lock engagement

Hood hinge mounting holes are oversized to permit movement for hood alignment. If the hood is to be moved to either side, the hood lock striker, hood lever lock and safety hook assembly must first be loosened.

  1. Loosen the hinge mounting bolts slightly on one side and tap the hinge in the direction opposite to that in which the hood is to be moved.
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  3. Tighten the bolts.
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  5. Repeat this procedure for the opposite hinge.
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  7. Check that the lock striker, lever lock and safety hook are properly adjusted to ensure positive locking.
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  9. If the rear edge of the hood is not flush with the cowl, add or subtract shims (caster and chamber adjusting shims will work) or flat washers between the hinge and the hood at the rear bolt (hood too low) or front bolt (hood too high).
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