GM Cutlass RWD 1970-1987 Repair Guide

Hood

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



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



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Fig. Fig. 1: The height of the hood at the rear is adjusted by loosening the hinge-to-body bolts and moving the hood up and down



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Fig. Fig. 2: Loosen the hinge bolts to permit fore, aft and horizontal adjustment



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Fig. Fig. 3: The hood pin can be adjusted for proper lock engagement

  1. Raise the hood and install some kind of protective coverings over the fender areas to prevent damage to the paint and moldings during removal and installation of the hood.
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  3. Disconnect the underhood lamp wiring, if so equipped.
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  5. Mark the position of the hinge on the hood to facilitate alignment during installation.
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  7. Support the hood, especially at the front, in a secure manner. Remove the bolts on either side that fasten the tops of the hinges to the underside of the hood. Remove the bolts starting at the front and moving toward the rear to help avoid placing stress on the assembly. Make sure the hood is securely supported to help prevent bending of it as you work.
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  9. When all the bolts are removed, lift the rear of the hood off the hinges and then lift the unit off the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Carry the hood from either side and position it over the engine compartment in its normal position. Raise the front and position it at the right angle to the upper surfaces of the hinges. Pass all the bolts through the upper hinges and start them into the lower side of the hood. Do not tighten them, but leave plenty of clearance to adjust the position of the hood on the hinges.
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  3. Carefully shift the hood on both hinges simultaneously to align the matchmarks. Then, tighten the mounting bolts, torquing to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm). Close the hood and check its fit in the body and the alignment of the hood latch. If necessary, readjust the hood alignment as described below. Reconnect the underhood light wiring, if the vehicle is so equipped.
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Fig. Fig. 4: The hood is adjusted vertically by stop screws at the front and rear



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Fig. Fig. 5: The base of the hood lock can also be repositioned slightly to give more positive lock engagement

ALIGNMENT



  1. Close the hood and check its fit in the body and the alignment of the hood latch.
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  3. If necessary, loosen all the mounting bolts just slightly and shift the adjustment in the correct direction.
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  5. Repeat this procedure until the hood latches smoothly and securely and all gaps between the hood and body are of equal width.
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  7. Torque the mounting bolts to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
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