Repair Pontiac Mid-size 1974-1983 Repair Guide

Hood

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 Before removing the hood, matchmark the position of the hood hinge ...



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Fig. Fig. 2 ... then support the hood and remove the hood-to-hinge mounting bolts

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Using a scratch awl or a marker, scribe the hinge onto the hood. If equipped with a hood light, disconnect the electrical connector.
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  3. Using an assistant to support the hood, remove the hinge-to-hood bolts. Remove the hood.
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  5. To install, reverse the removal procedures. Check the hood alignment with the hood latch.
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ALIGNMENT





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Fig. Fig. 3 The hood is adjusted vertically by stop screws at the front and/or rear position



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Fig. Fig. 4 The height of the hood at the rear is adjusted by loosening the hinge-to-body bolts and moving the hood up and down



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Fig. Fig. 5 Loosen the hinge bolts to permit fore, aft and horizontal adjustment



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Fig. Fig. 6 The hood striker can be adjusted for proper lock engagement



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Fig. Fig. 7 The hood latch can also be repositioned slightly to give more positive lock engagement

When aligning the hood and the latch, align the hood (first), then the latch (second).

Hood

The hood hinge-to-body mount is slotted to provide forward and rearward movement. Adjust the hood so that it is flush with the body sheet metal.

  1. Using a scratch awl, scribe the hinge outline onto the hood.
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  3. Loosen the appropriate screws and shift the hood into proper alignment with the vehicles sheet metal.
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CAUTION
Make sure that the rear of the hood is properly positioned at the cowl seal; proper sealing will restrict fumes from the engine compartment from being pulled through the cowl vent.

  1. After adjustment, tighten the appropriate screws.
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Latch

The hood latch assembly is mounted on a plate with elongated holes, which allow horizontal adjustment.

Striker

The striker, on the hood, adjusts laterally to align with the hood latch assembly.

 
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