Mazda 323/626/929/GLC/MX-6/RX-7 1978-1989

Hood

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2 and 3

You will need an assistant to perform this procedure.

  1. Open the hood and support it securely. Mark the hinge locations on the hood.
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  3. On 1988-89 626, MX-6 and 929, disconnect the windshield washer hose from its retaining clamp. If the hood is being replaced, it may be necessary to remove the hood insulator fasteners (using the proper tool) and hood insulator, the front seal rubber insulators and seal rubber for transfer to the replacement hood.
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  5. Have an assistant hold the hood in the up position. If equipped, lower the hood support. On 1988-89 929s, disconnect the stay damper from both sides of the hood by removing the ball studs.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Mark the hinge locations on the hood



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Fig. Fig. 2: Hood insulator fastener removal tool



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Fig. Fig. 3: Use a socket wrench to unfasten the hood retaining bolts

  1. Unfasten the hinge-to-hood bolts and remove the hood from the vehicle.
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On the RX-7, if hood replacement is necessary, do not replace steel hoods with aluminum hoods without also replacing the hood hinges. Aluminum hoods require special hinges that are electrically insulated to prevent electrolytic corrosion. Also, be advised that hood locks are not interchangeable. The strength of the locks is different for each type of hood.

  1. Position the hood against the hinges, using the marks made previously on the hood to help with alignment.
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  3. Have an assistant hold the hood in position. Install the hinge-to-hood bolts, then raise the hood support, if so equipped. On 1988-89 929, connect the stay dampers to the hood and torque the ball studs to 14-19 ft. lbs. (19-26 Nm). In 1988-89 626, MX-6 and 929, connect the windshield washer hose. If applicable, also install the front seal rubber, seal rubber insulators, hood insulator and fasteners.
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  5. Tighten all bolts securely and check the hood for proper alignment.
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ALIGNMENT



The hood is provided with to-and-fro, up-and-down or side-to-side adjustments.

To make the to-and-fro or side-to-side adjustments:
  1. Loosen the hood attaching bolts and move the hood to the proper position, then tighten the attaching bolts.
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  3. Repeat the procedure if necessary.
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To make the up-and-down adjustment (at the rear of the hood):

  1. Loosen the hood stop bolts.
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  3. Using a screwdriver, turn the hood stop screws clockwise to lower the hood and counterclockwise to raise the hood. Hood is at the proper height when it is flush with the fenders.
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  5. Tighten the hood stop bolts.
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  7. Repeat the procedure if necessary.
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LATCH ADJUSTMENT



  1. Make sure that the hood is properly aligned.
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  3. Loosen the hood latch attaching bolts. Move the latch as necessary to align with the latch dowel, then tighten the attaching bolts.
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  5. Loosen the locknut on the hood latch dowel. Turn the dowel clockwise to pull the hood tighter or counterclockwise to loosen it. The proper height is when the top of the hood is flush with the fenders.
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  7. Tighten the dowel locknut after the proper adjustment has been obtained.
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