The hood can be adjusted fore-and-aft and side-to-side by loosening the hood-to-hinge retaining bolts and repositioning the hood. To raise or lower the hood, loosen the hinge-to-fender reinforcement retaining bolts and raise or lower the hinge as necessary.
- Loosen the hood latch attaching bolts until they are just loose enough to move the latch.
- Move the latch side-to-side to align it with the opening in the hood inner panel.
- Loosen the locknut on the 2 hood bumpers and lower the bumpers.
- Move the hood latch up or down as required to obtain a flush fit between the top of the hood and fenders when an upward pressure is applied to the front of the hood. Tighten the hood latch attaching screws to 7-10 ft. lbs. (9-14 Nm).
- Raise the 2 hood bumpers to eliminate any looseness at the front of the hood when closed. Tighten the hood bumper locknut.
- Open and close the hood several times, to check operation.
Removal & Installation
- Open and support the hood. Mark the position of the hood hinges on the hood.
- Protect the body with covers to prevent damage to the paint.
- Disconnect the gas charged cylinders (where applicable).
- With the help of an assistant, remove the 2 bolts attaching each hinge to the hood, being careful not to let the hood slip when the bolts are removed.
- Remove the hood from the vehicle.
- With the help of an assistant, position the hood on its hinges and install the attaching bolts.
- Reconnect the gas charged cylinders. Remove the body covers.
- Adjust the hood for an even fit between the fenders and a flush fit with the front of the fenders.
- Adjust the hood latch, if necessary.