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Old 09-02-2012, 01:01 PM   #1
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Hood won't shut. New latch needed?

My 2002 hood latch suddenly won't catch the hood and close it tight.

Time for a new latch?
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Old 09-02-2012, 02:15 PM   #2
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Re: Hood won't shut. New latch needed?

check to make sure they're are no obstructions in the way of the hood first. could possibly not be aligned correctly.
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Old 09-02-2012, 04:18 PM   #3
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Re: Hood won't shut. New latch needed?

U might need to open latch. Sometimes that piece don't flip back over so it can catch it
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Old 09-02-2012, 04:33 PM   #4
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check to make sure they're are no obstructions in the way of the hood first. could possibly not be aligned correctly.
Nothing in the way.

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U might need to open latch. Sometimes that piece don't flip back over so it can catch it
I think the latch is open. I'll post a pic in a sec.
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Old 09-02-2012, 04:37 PM   #5
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Re: Hood won't shut. New latch needed?

You didn't twist the little black octagon shaped things did ya?
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:17 PM   #6
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I didn't do anything. But yesterday a couple "mechanics" changed my serpentine belt. No telling what they bumped or hit.
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:33 PM   #7
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I don't understand how changing the serpintine would mess with your hood! But take it back to them and have them fix it!!!
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I don't understand how changing the serpintine would mess with your hood! But take it back to them and have them fix it!!!
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I was just thinking that since they were leaning over the front of the car to fix the belt that they could have accidentally done something to the latch.

Oh and the problem isn't the hood, it's the latch.
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:33 PM   #10
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Sorry about the delay.

I have this




And this.

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Old 09-07-2012, 06:51 AM   #11
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Anybody?
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Re: Hood won't shut. New latch needed?

Soak it in wd40, then start moving it back and forth. It has to b something not lined up or something you should see.
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Soak it in wd40, then start moving it back and forth. It has to b something not lined up or something you should see.
Well that did the trick. I just sprayed a lot of WD40 on it, then tried again. Worked like a charm.
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My 93 and SVO I have to hit them once a year usually. Work them good and wipe off excess, let dry and hit with a quick spray if white lithium grease.
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