Chrysler Neon 1995-1999 Repair Guide

Hood

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2 and 3

You will need an assistant to perform this procedure.

  1. Raise the hood to the full up position.
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  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  5. If equipped, detach the underhood lamp connector from the engine compartment wire harness.
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  7. Use a grease pencil or paint marker to outline the installed position of all of the bolts and hinges, for alignment during installation. When you are installing the hood, align all of the marks and secure the bolts. The hood should be aligned to a 0.160 in. (4mm) gap to the front fenders and flush across the top surfaces along the fenders.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Use a suitable pen to matchmark the installed position of the hood hinges

  1. If necessary, disconnect the windshield washer fluid hose from the hood.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Disconnect the windshield washer fluid hose from the hood

  1. With an assistant supporting the hood, remove the top bolts holding the hood to the hinge, then loosen the bottom bolts until they can be removed by hand.
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Fig. Fig. 3: With an assistant supporting the hood, unfasten the retaining bolts

  1. With the hood still supported, remove the bottom bolts securing the hood to the hinge.
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  3. Carefully remove the hood from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. With the help of an assistant, place the hood in position on the vehicle. Have the assistant hold the hood at the opposite side of the vehicle from which you are working, then install the bottom bolts finger-tight to hold the hood to the hinge.
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  3. Install the top hood-to-hinge bolts finger-tight.
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  5. Position the bolts at the marks made during removal, then tighten the bolts securely. The hood should be aligned to a 0.160 in. (4mm) gap to the front fenders and flush across the top surfaces along the fenders.
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  7. If removed, connect the windshield washer hose to the nipple on the hood.
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  9. Attach the connector to the underhood lamp, if equipped.
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  11. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  13. Check for proper hood operation and alignment.
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