REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 through 7
- Raise the hood. Install protective coverings over the fenders, to prevent damage to the paint and moldings when removing or installing the hood.
- Disconnect the underhood lamp wire.
- Mark the position of the hinge on the hood to lid in alignment when hood is reinstalled.
- Use extreme care and remove the spring from hinge, if equipped.
- With the hood supported, loosen the ball socket retainers, then pry off the assist rods.
- With an assistant's help supporting the hood, remove the hinge-to-hood screws and bolts on each side of the hood.
- With the help of an assistant, carefully remove the hood.
- With an assistant's help, align the hood with the marks made during removal.
- Install the hood to hinge screws on each side of the hood and hand-tighten.
- Install the hood hinge spring, if equipped.
- Align the hood and tighten the retaining bolts to 21-24 ft. lbs. (28-33 Nm).
- If equipped, install the open assist rods.
- Connect the underhood lamp wire.
See Figure 8
Fore and aft adjustment may be made at the hinge-to-hood attaching screws. Vertical adjustment at the front may be made by adjusting the rubber bumpers up or down. These adjustment may require several steps. Take care to lower the hood slowly each time. If the hood is closed hard when it is not aligned, you can damage the body or painted surface.
See Figures 9 and 10
- Loosen the bolts and set the hood primary latch so that the top edge of the latch is 2.4 in. (61mm) from the top of the radiator support. This will be the starting point for up/down latch adjustment. The bolts should be snugged to hold the latch in position.
- Carefully lower the hood, but do not allow the striker to engage with the latch. Check the side-to-side adjustment of the latch to the striker. Raise the hood and tighten the primary latch bolts to 64 inch lbs. (8 Nm).
You must perform a drop test to determine if an up/down latch adjustment is necessary. The hood drop test will determine the amount of drop force required for the striker to fully engage with the latch.
- Place a millimeter and inch ruler, between the hood and fender.
- Raise the hood so the front upper edge is 3 1 / 6 in. (60mm) above the top surface of the fender. This part of the test will determine if the latch is set too high.
- Drop the hood. The striker should not engage with the latch.
- Repeat the test by increasing the measurement to 3 3 / 4 in. (85mm). If the striker engages with the latch below a 4 1 / 4 in. (19mm) test height, the latch is too high.
- Repeat the test at 4 1 / 4 in. (19mm) and 6 3 / 6 in. (160mm). The striker should engage in this range. If the striker does not engage at 6 3 / 6 in. (160mm), the latch is too low.
- Adjust the latch as necessary, then tighten the bolts to 64 inch lbs. (8.5 Nm).
- Check the latch for proper operation.