GM Grand Am/Achieva/Calais/Skylark/Somerset 1985-98

Hood

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 and 2

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Fig. Fig. 1: Matchmark the position of the hood hinges



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Fig. Fig. 2: Before unfastening the hood retaining bolts, have an assistant support the hood

  1. Raise the hood. Install a protective covering over the fenders to protect the paint.
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  3. Remove the engine compartment lamp.
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  5. Using a suitable tool, mark the position of the hinges in relation to the hood.
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  7. If equipped, disconnect the hood assist rod strut, by unfastening the retainers using a suitable prytool.
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  9. With an assistant supporting the hood, unfasten the bolts attaching the hinge to the hood and remove the hood from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. With the aid of an assistant, align the hood to the hinges, then install the retaining bolts.
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  3. Check alignment marks and tighten the bolts to 18-22 ft. lbs. (24-30 Nm).
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  5. Connect the hood assist rod strut, if equipped.
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  7. Install the engine compartment lamp.
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  9. Remove the fender covers, then lower the hood.
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ALIGNMENT



See Figure 3

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Fig. Fig. 3: Turning the bolt with raise or lower the bumper to align with the hood

  1. Loosen the bolts for the hood latch.
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  3. Adjust the front hood bumpers until the hood aligns with the front of the fenders, as follows:
    1. Turn the bolt clockwise to lower the bumper.
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    3. Turn the bolt counterclockwise to raise the bumper.
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  5. Measure the difference between the hood and the rear of the fender.
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  7. Obtain a shim the same thickness of the difference between the hood and the rear of the fender.
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  9. Loosen the hood hinge bolts.
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  11. Install the shim between the hood hinge and the hood.
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  13. Hand-tighten the hood latch bolts.
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  15. Position the hood latch upward.
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  17. Hand-tighten the hood latch bolts.
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  19. Carefully close the hood to engage the hood striker and the hood latch.
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  21. Press on the hood until it is aligned with the front of the fenders.
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  23. Adjust the clearance between the hood and the fender.
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  25. Pull on the hood release cable, then carefully open the hood. Tighten the hood hinge and latch bolts.
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