Jeep Wagoneer/Commando/Cherokee 1957-1983 Repair Information

Hood

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION Jeepster/Commando



See Figure 1

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Fig. Fig. 1: Jeepster/Commando hood components

To remove the hood, simply open it to the fully opened position. A flat spot on each hinge pin will slip through the slot in each hinge bracket. Lift the hood off.

1962-80 Wagoneer, Cherokee and J-Series Truck See Figures 2 and 3

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Fig. Fig. 2: Wagoneer and J-series truck hood components 1962-69



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Fig. Fig. 3: Exploded view of the 1970-79 Wagoneer, Cherokee and J-series truck hood components

An assistant will be helpful in this procedure.

  1. If the hood is properly aligned, prior to removal, matchmark the position of the hinges and hood reinforcement.
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  3. Raise the hood fully.
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  5. While your assistant supports the hood, remove the hood-to-hinge bolts and lift off the hood.
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  7. Installation is the reverse of removal. Torque the bolts to 12-15 ft. lbs.
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1981-83 Wagoneer, Cherokee and J-Series Truck See Figures 4, 5, 6 and 7

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Fig. Fig. 4: Wagoneer, Cherokee and J-series truck hood components 1980-81



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Fig. Fig. 5: Exploded view of the 1982-83 Wagoneer, Cherokee and J-series truck hood components



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Fig. Fig. 6: Matchmark the position of the hinges on the hood, this will aid in installation



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Fig. Fig. 7: Have an assistant support the hood, then remove the hood-to-hinge bolts

  1. If the hood is properly aligned, prior to removal, matchmark the position of the hinges and hood reinforcement.
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  3. Raise the hood fully.
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  5. Disconnect the hood release cable from the lock assembly and remove the cable support bracket and lower cable.
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  7. Remove the tie straps from the hood panel brace rod.
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  9. While your assistant supports the hood, remove the hood-to-hinge bolts and lift off the hood.
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  11. Installation is the reverse of removal. Torque the bolts to 12-15 ft. lbs.
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ALIGNMENTJeepster/Commando



  1. Loosen the cowl-mounted hinge brackets and move the hinges to achieve the proper hood-to-cowl clearance which is 3 / 16 inch. Make sure that the hood is centered over the radiator grille.
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  3. Check the clearance between the hood and grille at the curve above each parking light. Clearances should be equal and may be checked with a flat feeler gauge. A specific clearance is not required. To equalize the clearances:
    1. Loosen the bolt at the inside lower center of the grille and the four grille-to-stone guard bolts under the vehicle.
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    3. Push the grill right or left as required, and tighten the fasteners.
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    5. If the hood front is still a bit too high, take a block of hardwood and a hammer and flatten the six raised areas on the underside of the front center of the hood. In the same manner, bend the rear edge of the grille top flange down, approximately 1 / 8 inch in the area between the headlights. Hammer only at the rear edge of the flange to prevent bowing of the grille face.
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    7. The front face of the parking light stalks should be aligned with the leading edges of the hood. If not, the hood-to-cowl gap is wrong.
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1962-69 Wagoneer and J-Series Truck

The following adjustments should be performed in the order given below. All fasteners should be torque to 12-15 ft. lbs. before proceeding from step-to-step.

  1. To align the fore-aft and or side-to-side position:
    1. Loosen the bolts attaching the hinges to the hood and lower the hood.
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    3. Move the hood, as required, to obtain a 3 / 16 inch clearance between the hood and the cowl.
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    5. Carefully raise the hood and torque the bolts.
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    7. Close the hood and check the alignment.
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  3. To adjust the rear edge height:
    1. Loosen the bolt attaching the hinges to the fender apron brackets, and the bolts attaching the hinges to the firewall.
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    3. Position the bolts in the mid-points of their slots, and snug them down until it is possible to move the hinges using a 12 inch prybar.
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    5. Lower the hood and force it into proper height alignment. It must be flush with the cowl.
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    7. Raise the hood and torque the bolts. Close it and recheck.
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  5. To adjust the hood-to-fender clearance:
    1. Raise the hood. Adjusting bolts with caps are located on the radiator support.
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    3. Remove the caps from the adjusting bolts and turn the bolts to provide a constant 3 / 16 inch clearance along both sides of the hood.
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  7. To adjust the hood lock:
    1. Set the hood lock lower assemblies in their extreme upward positions.
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    3. Remove the rubber caps from the hood bumpers and lower the hood. The hood should be free to move up and down with the lock engaged, but the distance between the front edges of the hood and the tops of the fenders, with the hood held up against the lock, should be the same as the clearance between the rear edges and the fenders.
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    5. Adjust the position of the lower lock assemblies as necessary. Tighten the locknuts and install the caps on the bumpers. Recheck the hood position when locked.
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1970-83 Wagoneer, Cherokee, and J-Series Truck

Hood hinge mounting holes are oversized to permit movement for hood alignment. If the hood is to be moved to either side, the hood lock striker, hood lever lock and safety hook assembly must first be loosened.

  1. Loosen the hinge mounting bolts slightly on one side and tap the hinge in the direction opposite to that in which the hood is to be moved.
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  3. Tighten the bolts.
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  5. Repeat this procedure for the opposite hinge.
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  7. Check that the lock striker, lever lock and safety hook are properly adjusted to ensure positive locking.
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  9. If the rear edge of the hood is not flush with the cowl, add or subtract shims (caster and camber adjusting shims will work) or flat washers between the hinge and the hood at the rear bolt (hood too low) or front bolt (hood too high).
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