REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 through 7
- Open and support the hood.
If the vehicle does not contain a built-in support rod, you can use an old broom handle or other long piece of wood to prop open the hood, but first wrap clean rags or padding around the wood's ends to protect the vehicle from scratches or chips.
- Position fenders covers or old blankets over both fenders to protect the paint, in case the hood accidentally strikes the painted surface of the fenders.
- It may be necessary to remove the underhood insulation pad to access the underhood lamp wiring harness. To remove this pad, pry the plastic retainers out of the hood, then pull the pad off of the underside of the hood. The old plastic retainers can be reused if they are not damaged during removal; otherwise, new ones can be purchased at many automotive parts retailers, or from your local Ford dealership parts department.
- Detach the hood ground strap by removing the retaining bolt.
- Disengage the underhood lamp wiring harness connector.
- Matchmark the hood-to-hinge positions to make aligning the hood easier during installation.
- Have an assistant support the hood while you remove the hinge-to-hood nuts.
- Once the nuts are removed, carefully lift the hood (with the help of your assistant) and position it aside. You may wish to place the hood on a soft, protective surface such as carpet remnants or some clean rags.
- With the aid of your helper, position the hood on the vehicle so that the hinge-to-hood mounting studs align with the holes in the hinges.
- Have your helper hold the hood steady while you install the retaining nuts finger-tight.
- If the original hood is being installed, position the hood so that the hinge matchmarks are aligned. If a replacement hood is being installed, align it with the front fenders and the upper, front bumper assembly. The gap around the hood should be uniform in width.
If, after the original hood is installed and the matchmarks are aligned, the gap around the hood is not uniform, adjust the hood until it is.
- Once the hood is properly aligned, tighten the hood-to-hinge retaining nuts to 88-124 inch lbs. (10-14 Nm).
- Close and open the hood several times slowly and carefully to ensure that there is not binding or interference between the hood, the fenders and the upper bumper panel. If there is interference or binding, realign the hood until these conditions no longer exist.
- Open the hood and support it with the hood support rod or a fabricated, padded prop rod. Reattach the hood ground strap and the underhood lamp wiring harness.
- With the help of an assistant, position the insulator pad on the underside of the hood so that the mounting holes are aligned. Insert the plastic retainers through the pad and into the hood sheet metal until fully engaged. If any of the old retainers are damaged so that they will not hold the pad securely against the hood, purchase and install new retainers.
- If necessary, adjust the hood latch by loosening the attaching bolts and moving it accordingly.
See Figure 8
Side-to-side and fore-aft adjustments can be made by loosening either the hood-to-hinge attachment nuts, or the hinge-to-body retaining bolts, then positioning the hood as necessary.
- Open the hood and loosen the hood-to-hinge attachment nuts or the hinge-to-body retaining bolts until the hood can be moved.
- Adjust the position of the hood and tighten the retaining nuts snugly, then close the hood gently and check its alignment with the front fenders and the front upper bumper panel. The gap around the hood should be uniform.
- Repeat Steps 1 and 2 until the hood is properly positioned, then tighten either the hood-to-hinge nuts to 88-124 inch lbs. (10-14 Nm), or the hinge-to-body bolts to 142-239 inch lbs. (16-27 Nm).
The hood's vertical fit can be adjusted by raising or lowering the front hood bumpers.
Inspect the level of the front of the hood in relation to the fender level. If the hood is not flush with the fenders, open the hood. Adjust the front bumpers as follows:
- Loosen the lower jam nut on each of the two front bumpers.
- Loosen the two front hood bumpers to raise the front of the hood, or tighten them to lower the front of the hood.
- Close the hood and inspect it for a flush fit with the fenders.
- If further aligning is necessary, open the hood and repeat Steps 4b and 4c until the hood is properly adjusted.
- Tighten the bumper lower jam nuts until secure.
- Close the hood once again to ensure that it is properly adjusted side-to-side, fore-and-aft, and up-and-down. Realign the hood, if necessary.