- Close the hood, at least engaging the first latch, and check the hood-to-fender and hood-to-cowl seams and alignment. Re-open the hood and make adjustments as needed to give equal seams all around. When the hood is in final alignment, tighten the hinge bolts.
- Reconnect the washer lines and any electrical lines which were disconnected.
- Check the hood latch operation; it should engage easily and smoothly. The latch should release without the use of excessive force. The hood latch mounting bolts may be loosened; the latch can be adjusted left/right or up/down to compensate for the hood striker position.
- With the hood closed and latched, check the height of the hood. It should sit even with the fender tops; this dimension may be adjusted by turning the hood stops to a higher or lower position. Note that adjusting these stops may require readjustment of the latch to position the hood correctly.
Removal & Installation
- Open the hood and support it by the prop rod.
- Use a felt tip marker or grease pencil to mark the hinge location on the hood.
- Disconnect the windshield washer lines running to the hood if any. Detach any necessary wiring connectors.
- Remove the bolts attaching the hood to the hood hinges. Have a helper support the rear of the hood as the bolts are removed. Without support, the hood will slide off the hinges and hit the upper bodywork.
- Remove the hood assembly, lifting it off the hood prop.
- Place the hood out of the work area, resting on its side on a protected surface.
- Reinstall the hood by carefully placing it in position and installing the hinge bolts finger tight. Install the hood prop immediately. Move the hood around on the hinges until the matchmarks (felt tip marker) align.
Take great care to prevent the hood from bumping the windshield. Not only will the hood be damaged, the windshield can be broken by careless installation.
- Tighten the hinge bolts.
- Attach the windshield washer lines and any necessary electrical connectors.
- Align the hood as necessary.