REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- Scribe the locations of the hinges on the underside of the hood so the hood can be reinstalled in the same position.
- Support the hood with the aid of an assistant.
- Remove the nuts and bolts retaining the hood to the hinges and remove the gas spring clips.
- Remove the hood from the vehicle with the aid of an assistant.
- With the aid of an assistant, position the hood on the hinges, aligning the scribe marks that were made during the removal procedure.
- Install the nuts, bolts and gas spring clips.
- Check hood alignment and adjust, if necessary.
- Loosen the hood attaching bolts at each hood hinge. The holes in the hinge are elongated for fore an aft hood adjustment.
- When the hood is positioned properly, tighten the hinge-to-hood attaching bolts.
- Adjust the rubber bumpers so the hood is flush with the fenders.
- Adjust the hood latch mechanism.
- After hood alignment, there must be sufficient load remaining on the hood stops to eliminate hood flutter. This can be obtained by lowering the primary latch an additional 1 / 8 inch.
The striker plate in the hood panel is large enough to allow normal fore-and-aft adjustment. Cross vehicle adjustment is provided at the hood lock mounting bracket to radiator support on Deville and Fleetwood or at the front end sheet metal support-to-radiator support tie bar on Eldorado, Seville, and Catera. Up and down adjustment is provided by loosening the 2 screws securing the latch to the hood latch bracket or support.
When the hood latch mounting screws have been loosened or the hood adjustment changed, make sure that proper alignment has been obtained before tightening the mounting screws. Proper cross vehicle adjustment of the primary lock is achieved by slowly lowering the hood onto the lock with the attaching screws loose, then raising the hood and tightening the screws.