GM S-Series Pick-ups and SUV's 1994-1999 Repair Guide

Hood

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 through 8



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Fig. Fig. 1: Matchmark the hood to the hinges in order to simplify installation-4.3L model shown



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Fig. Fig. 2: Hold the hood securely while loosening the mounting bolts-4.3L model shown



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Fig. Fig. 3: Unfasten the cowl panel retaining bolt and remove the panel



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Fig. Fig. 4: Then gently pull up to disconnect the tab from the slot in the fender, then remove the panel-2.2L model shown



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Fig. Fig. 5: Disconnect all vacuum hoses ...



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Fig. Fig. 6: ... any washer hoses and ...



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Fig. Fig. 7: ... unplug all electrical connections such as the underhood light that would interfere with hood removal-2.2L model shown



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Fig. Fig. 8: Using a back-up wrench, unfasten the hood retainers, then with the aid of an assistant, remove the hood-2.2L model shown

To prevent damage to your vehicle an assistant should be used when attempting to remove or install the hood.

  1. Raise and support the hood, then place protective covers over the fenders.
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  3. Remove the right and left cowl vent grille panels.
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  5. If equipped, unplug the underhood lamp wire.
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  7. Disconnect the windshield washer hoses.
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  9. Disconnect the vacuum hose from the reservoir
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  11. Matchmark the alignment of the hood to the hinges using a permanent marker or a scribe tool. This will greatly ease installation and adjustment.
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  13. Secure the hood (an assistant is needed) and loosen the retaining bolts.
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  15. Remove the hood from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Install the hood to the vehicle aligning the marks made during removal.
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  3. Install the hinge bolts and tighten to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Connect the vacuum hose to the reservoir, then connect the windshield washer hoses.
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  7. If equipped, connect the wiring to the underhood lamp.
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  9. Install the right and left cowl vent grilles.
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  11. Remove the fender covers and gently close the hood to check alignment.
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  13. If necessary, adjust the hood alignment.
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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.

 
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