GM Corvette 1984-1996 Repair Guide

Hood

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1986-89 Vehicles

See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7

Hood removal will require the use of an assistant.

  1. Raise the hood, then disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Remove the right and left upper wheel house from the hood panel. There are 8 screws on each side.
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  5. Detach the wiring, then remove the 2 underhood lamps.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Tag and detach any necessary electrical connectors for hood removal

  1. Remove the right and left bolt and spring assemblies which are secured by 3 bolts on each side.
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  3. Detach the head lamp electrical connectors, then remove the headlamps from the vehicle.
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  5. Unfasten the 2 nuts, then remove the hood emblem.
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  7. Remove the remaining fasteners and clips.
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  9. Remove the hood support rod.
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  11. Use a paint marker or equivalent to matchmark the position of the hinge to the hood, then with the help of an assistant, remove the 2 hinge-to-hood nuts on each side. Carefully remove the hood from the vehicle.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Use a paint marker or equivalent to matchmark the lower hinge position



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Fig. Fig. 3: All the hood hinges should be matchmarked before removal to assure proper alignment during installation

  1. If the hinges are removed, make sure to note the number of shims used on each side.
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Fig. Fig. 4: With hood properly supported, remove the necessary retaining nuts and bolts



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Fig. Fig. 5: It may be necessary to use a ratchet with an extension to access some of the retainers



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Fig. Fig. 6: Its very important to have the hood proper supported when removing the retaining bolts



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Fig. Fig. 7: With the help of an assistant, carefully pull the hinge away, then remove the hood from the vehicle

  1. For installation of the hood, align the hinges with the marks made during removal, then install the hinge-to-hood retaining nuts.
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  3. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. After completion, make sure the hood is proper aligned.
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1990-96 Vehicles

See Figure 8

You will need an assistant to help you remove the hood. Also, make sure to protect the front of the hood from damage from the hood shifting and hitting the fascia when the hinge nuts are removed.

  1. Raise the hood.
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  3. Detach the electrical connectors from the head lights and underhood lamps.
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  5. Remove the hood strut.
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  7. Use a paint marker or equivalent to matchmark the installed positions of the hinges on the hood.
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  9. With an assistant supporting the hood, remove the nuts securing the hinges to the studs in the hood.
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The hood must be removed from the hinges while in the lowered position. Trying to remove the hood in the raised position will damage the hood.

  1. Lower the hood then lift straight up to remove it. If the hinges are removed from the front side member, make sure to note the position of the hinge and the number of shims used at each hinge.
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  3. Transfer the parts as necessary.
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Fig. Fig. 8: Exploded view of the hood hinge assembly-1996 vehicles

To install:
  1. With the help of an assistant, position the hood studs to the hinge an align the marks. Install the retaining nuts to secure the hinges to the hood. Tighten the nuts to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
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  3. Install the hood strut.
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  5. Attach the electrical connectors to the head lights and under hood lamps.
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  7. Lower the hood.
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  9. Adjust the hood as outlined later in this section.
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ALIGNMENT



See Figures 9 and 10

  1. Hood adjustment is as follows:
    1. Hood front edge-to-front fascia height adjustment is by shims under the hood hinge.
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    3. Hood front edge-to-front fascia gap adjustment is set by loosening the nuts securing the hood to the hood hinge and setting the gap to the front fascia so that it is even across the entire length of the gap.
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    5. The hood adjustment rear bumper should be set to a length of 1 in. (26mm) from tip to hood mounting, as shown in the accompanying figure.
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Fig. Fig. 9: View of the latch bracket and latch bolts

  1. After all adjustments are made the front hood panel adjusting bumpers should be set to a touch condition of 3 / 64 in. (1mm) interface to the hood rivet.
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Fig. Fig. 10: Exploded view of the hood front bumper

  1. The hood should latch when dropped from an open position, with the front edge of the hoods hood to fender line 6-12 in. (15-30cm) above the roof line.
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  3. If necessary, adjust the hood latch bolt with the spring to about 2 in. (50mm) from the bracket to the underside of the bolt tip.
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  5. Vertical hood height is adjusted by loosening the jam nut, then inserting a screwdriver in the slot in the end of the latchbolt, positioning the vertical height of the hood for proper seating and alignment to door edges. Tighten the jam nut to 92 ft. lbs. (125 Nm).
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  7. If necessary, center the latch bolt in the latch plate by repositioning the bracket and latch bolt assembly. Make sure to pay particular attention to the cross vehicle alignment.
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