REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 through 8
To prevent damage to your vehicle an assistant should be used when attempting to remove or install the hood.
- Raise and support the hood, then place protective covers over the fenders.
- Remove the right and left cowl vent grille panels.
- If equipped, unplug the underhood lamp wire.
- Disconnect the windshield washer hoses.
- Disconnect the vacuum hose from the reservoir
- Matchmark the alignment of the hood to the hinges using a permanent marker or a scribe tool. This will greatly ease installation and adjustment.
- Secure the hood (an assistant is needed) and loosen the retaining bolts.
- Remove the hood from the vehicle.
- Install the hood to the vehicle aligning the marks made during removal.
- Install the hinge bolts and tighten to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
- Connect the vacuum hose to the reservoir, then connect the windshield washer hoses.
- If equipped, connect the wiring to the underhood lamp.
- Install the right and left cowl vent grilles.
- Remove the fender covers and gently close the hood to check alignment.
- If necessary, adjust the hood alignment.
Align the hood so that the gaps between all of the components are equal; it must be flush with the fender and the cowl vent grille. Center the hood in the opening between the fenders, the cowl and the radiator grille. If it is difficult to center the hood or if the hood appears to be out of square, the front end sheet metal may need to be adjusted.
Most of the hood adjustment is achieved through the hinge-bolts, though on some vehicles adjustment may also be obtained through repositioning the striker and/or through the used of bump stops.