Hood Latch Adjustment
Contributed By: Dennis "Doc" Fariello
Another in a series of quick and easy five minute fixes by "Doc"
This is the easiest, quickest way I've found to adjust the hood latch on my '85 J-10. All trucks with inside hood release ought to work about the same way, as far as I know.
- 11/16" open end wrench
- Open the hood, using whatever means necessary, such as, well, pulling the hood release, if it works, or a screwdriver, or in the case of Timex, pull the hood release, lift the left side of the hood, pull the hood release again, then lift the right side of the hood.
- Release safety catch and open hood.
- Locate on the grille crossmember the two springs and latches. Pull up on the spring to get at the nut on the latch rod, loosen nut VERY slightly.
- Repeat for other side
- Close hood GENTLY. This will cause the latches to self-align themselves. If you're way off on adjustment, you'll NEVER get the hood open, so DON'T FORCE IT! The weight of the hood should be almost sufficient to close it.
- Open hood
- If it opens correctly (it should), very carefully tighten the nuts you loosened, being very careful to not move the latches AT ALL.
- Test operation, repeat as/if necessary.
Dennis M. "Doc" Fariello
1 May, 1997