Chrysler RAM50/D50/Arrow 1979-1993 Repair Guide

Hood

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1979-86 Models

See Figure 1

It is advisable to use two people while removing the hood from the vehicle. The hood is lightweight and can be easily damaged by twisting or dropping it.

  1. Open the hood and support it with the aid of a helper.
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  3. Remove the hook attached to the hood.
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  5. Use a felt tip marker or grease pencil to mark the hinge location on the hood.
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  7. Remove the bolts attaching the hood to the hood hinges. Have a helper support the rear of the hood as the bolts are removed. Without support, the hood will slide off the hinges and hit the upper bodywork.
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  9. Remove the hood assembly. Place the hood out of the work area, resting on its side on a protected surface.
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To install:
  1. Install the hood hook, tighten the mounting bolts to 10-13 ft. lbs. (13-18 Nm).
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  3. Reinstall the hood by carefully placing it in position and installing the hinge bolts finger-tight. Install the hood prop immediately. Move the hood around on the hinges until the matchmarks (felt tip marker) align.
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Fig. Fig. 1: View of the common hood assembly-1979-86 models


WARNING
Take great care to prevent the hood from bumping the windshield. Not only will the hood be damaged, the windshield can be broken by careless installation.

  1. Adjust the hood. When the hood is in final alignment, tighten the hinge bolts to 7-10 ft. lbs. (8-14 Nm).
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1987-93 Models See Figures 2, 3 and 4

It is advisable to use two people while removing the hood from the vehicle. The hood is lightweight and can be easily damaged by twisting or dropping it.

  1. Open the hood and support it with the aid of a helper.
  2.  
  3. Use a felt tip marker or grease pencil to mark the hinge location on the hood.
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  5. On some models the wiper hoses may need to be disconnected from the hood.
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  7. Remove the bolts attaching the hood to the hood hinges. Have a helper support the rear of the hood as the bolts are removed. Without support, the hood will slide off the hinges and hit the upper bodywork.
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  9. Remove the hood assembly, lifting it off the hood prop. Place the hood out of the work area, resting on its side on a protected surface.
  10.  

To install:
  1. Reinstall the hood by carefully placing it in position and installing the hinge bolts finger-tight. Install the hood prop immediately. Move the hood around on the hinges until the matchmarks (felt tip marker) align.
  2.  



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Fig. Fig. 2: Mark the hood-to-hinge mating surfaces



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Fig. Fig. 3: Disconnect the wiper hoses attached to the hood



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Fig. Fig. 4: Unbolt the hinges from the hood, have a helper support it


WARNING
Take great care to prevent the hood from bumping the windshield. Not only will the hood be damaged, the windshield can be broken by careless installation.

  1. Adjust the hood. When the hood is in final alignment, tighten the hinge bolts to 10 ft. lbs. (14 Nm).
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ADJUSTMENT



1979-86 Models

See Figures 5 and 6

  1. Open the hood and support with the hood prop.
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  3. Adjust the longitudinal and lateral positions of the hood, utilizing the oblong holes on the hinges.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Adjusting the hood with the bumper screws and oblong holes in the hinges



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Fig. Fig. 6: Adjusting the hood hook and lock

  1. Adjust the vertical position of the hood with the bumper screws. Adjust the lock-to-hook alignment using the oblong holes.
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  3. Hook engagement is affected by the length of the hook bolt. If the front of the hood rises, shorten the hook bolt. If the hood is hard to lock, lengthen the hook bolt.
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After the adjustment, let the hood close from 12 inches (30 cm) high and check for locking.

1987-93 Models See Figures 7 and 8

  1. Open the hood and support with the hood prop.
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  3. Loosen the hinge bolts until they are just finger-tight.
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WARNING
Take great care to prevent the hood from bumping the windshield. Not only will the hood be damaged, the windshield can be broken by careless installation.



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Fig. Fig. 7: The hood latch and hinges can be moved to adjust the position of the hood and closing characteristics



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Fig. Fig. 8: To adjust the height of the closed hood in relation to the fenders, the hood stoppers can be raised or lowered

  1. Close the hood-at least engaging the first latch-and check the hood-to-fender and hood-to-cowl seams and alignment. Re-open the hood and make adjustments as needed to give equal seams all around. When the hood is in final alignment, tighten the hinge bolts to 10 ft. lbs. (14 Nm).
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  3. Check the hood latch operation; it should engage easily and smoothly. The latch should release without the use of excessive force. The hood latch mounting bolts may be loosened; the latch can be adjusted left/right or up/down to compensate for the hood striker position.
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  5. With the hood closed and latched, check the height of the hood. It should sit even with the fender tops; this dimension may be adjusted by turning the hood stops to a higher or lower position. Note that adjusting these stops may require readjustment of the latch to position the hood correctly.
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  7. Make sure, after all adjustments are made, to tighten all mounting bolts and nuts.
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