GM Camaro/Firebird 1993-1998 Repair Guide

Hood

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 through 10

When removing body panels, apply fabric tape to the corners of the panel and adjacent surfaces to help prevent paint damage.

  1. Open the hood to a full open position, and have an assistant securely support the hood.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the hood and related components-Pontiac shown



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Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of the hood and related components-Chevrolet shown

  1. Matchmark the position of the hood hinges using a marker or paint.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Use a marker or paint to matchmark the hood hinge-to-bracket position



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Fig. Fig. 4: The Pontiac Formula/Trans Am with performance package uses a different hood than the other vehicles

  1. Disconnect the hood open assist rod from the strut stud. Use a small prytool to pry the clip out while pulling the assist rod from the hood strut stud.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Insert an awl under the clip on the hood open assist rod



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Fig. Fig. 6: Pry the clip out from the hood open assist rod ...



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Fig. Fig. 7: ... while pulling the assist rod from the hood strut stud



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Fig. Fig. 8: Detach the hood open assist rod from the strut stud

  1. Unfasten the hood hinge bolts/screws and hinge bracket nuts from the hood hinges.
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  3. With the help of an assistant, remove the hood from the vehicle.
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Fig. Fig. 9: After unfastening the retaining bolts, have an assistant help you remove the hood from the vehicle

To install:
  1. Position the hood to the vehicle, with the help of an assistant.
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  3. Install the hood hinge bolts/screws and hinge bracket nuts. Tighten the retainers to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
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Fig. Fig. 10: Align the matchmark and tighten the hood hinge bolts

  1. Connect the hood open assist rod to the strut stud.
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  3. Close the hood slowly, checking the clearance between the hood, front fenders and, for Pontiac only, headlamp opening doors.
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  5. If necessary, adjust the hood.
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ADJUSTMENT



See Figures 11 and 12

  1. Close the hood firmly.
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  3. Determine the amount of adjustment needed using the accompanying specifications.
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Fig. Fig. 11: Hood and related front end alignment specifications-Chevrolet



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Fig. Fig. 12: Hood and related front end alignment specifications-Pontiac

  1. Open the hood.
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  3. Change the height by turning the hood bumpers up or down, as necessary.
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  5. Repeat these steps until the proper alignment is reached.
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