REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7
Due to its size and weight, hood removal and installation should be performed with an assistant.
- Open and support the hood in the fully open position.
- Mark the hood hinge locations on the hood for installation purposes.
- Protect the body with covers to prevent damage to the paint.
Disconnect the gas cylinders/hood lifts from the hood as follows:
- Temporarily support the hood.
- Remove the lock clip on the end of the retaining pin at the cowl top extension.
- Slide the retaining clip from the bracket at the cowl top extension, then remove the hood lift.
- Release the lock clip by prying with a suitable prybar enough to remove the lift.
- Remove the two bolts attaching each hinge to the hood, taking care not to let the hood slip when the bolts are removed, then remove the hood from the vehicle.
- Position the hood-to-hood hinges by aligning the marks made previously. Install the attaching bolts, then tighten to 16-25 ft. lbs. (22-34 Nm). Remove the body covers.
- Adjust the hood for even fit between the fenders and for a flush fit with the front of the fenders.
- Adjust the hood for a flush fit with the top of the cowl and the fenders.
Install the gas cylinder/hood lifts to the hood as follows:
- Position the hole at the end of the hood lift in the retaining bracket on the cowl top extension.
- Insert the retaining pin, then install the lock clip on the end of the pin.
- Make sure the lock clip is in place on the hood lift. Connect the opposite end of the hood lift to the ball stud on the hood.
- Adjust the hood latch, if necessary.
See Figure 8
The hood can be adjusted fore-and-aft and side-to-side by loosening two hood-to-hinge attaching bolts at each hinge. Then, reposition the hood as required and tighten the hood-to-hinge attaching bolts. A 0.10-0.22 in. (2.5-5.5 Nm) margin should be kept between the hood and front fenders. Always use protective fender covers.
To raise or lower the rear of the hood, loosen the hood hinge pivot nut. The pivot can now move up or down. Raise or lower the hood as necessary to obtain a flush condition at the rear of the hood with the front fenders. Then, tighten the hood hinge pivot nut to 17-25 ft. lbs. (22-34 Nm).Hood Latch
Before adjusting the hood latch mechanism, make certain that the hood is properly aligned. The hood latch can be moved from side-to-side to align with the opening in the hood inner panel.
Adjust the latch up and down to obtain a flush fit with the front fenders.
- Loosen the hood latch attaching bolts in the radiator support until they are just loose enough to move the hood latch from side-to-side.
- Move the latch from side-to-side to align it with the opening in the hood.
- Loosen the locknuts on the two hood bumpers, then lower the bumpers.
- Move the hood latch up and down as required to obtain a flush fit between the top of hood and the front fenders when upward pressure is applied to the front of the hood. Tighten the hood latch attaching screw to 7-10 ft. lbs. (9-14 Nm).
- Raise the two hood bumpers to eliminate any looseness at the front of the hood when closed. Tighten the hood bumper locknuts.
- Open and close the hood several times to check its operation.