- Open and support the hood.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Protect the body with covers to prevent damage to the paint.
- Use a suitable marker, or scribe marks around the hinge locations for reference during installation.
- Unplug any electrical connections and windshield washer hoses that would interfere with hood removal.
- If equipped with a gas charged lifting shock, disconnect the shock from the hood.
- While an assistant helps secure the hood, unfasten the attaching bolts, then remove the hood from the vehicle.
- Place the hood into position. Install and partially tighten attaching bolts.
- Adjust the hood with the reference marks and tighten the attaching bolts.
- Check the hood for an even fit between the fenders and for flush fit with the front of the fenders. Also, check for a flush fit with the top of the cowl and fenders. If necessary, adjust the hood latch.
- Attach any electrical connections or windshield washer hoses that were disconnected during hood removal.
Once the hood is installed, tighten the hood-to-hinge bolts just snug. Close the hood and check for perfect seam alignment. The hood seams are one of the most visible on the car; the slightest error will be plainly obvious to an observer.
Loosen the bolts and position the hood as necessary, then snug the nuts and recheck. Continue the process until the hood is properly centered, level with the fenders, and aligns evenly at all the seams.
The hood bolts and the hinge mount bolts may be loosened just enough to adjust their positions. When everything aligns correctly, tighten the bolts securely.
The elevation of the hood at the latch end may be adjusted by turning the rubber stops or cushions. These bumpers have threaded bottoms and move up or down when turned. An annoying hood rattle on bumps may be caused by missing cushions, or misalignment of the hood.