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Hood latch not working!!!!!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by davidjmay, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. Aug 25, 2013 at 8:01 AM
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    tan4x4

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    You know, those latches are very simple, so the problem should be obvious when you remove it. If there is nothing obvious, it could be a binding issue. Maybe just removing, greasing, and re-installing will fix it. Perhaps those can be adjusted, like a sticking door hinge, to relieve binding. Thats what I would try first.
     
  2. Aug 25, 2013 at 8:32 AM
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    Can you lift the hood after you pull the hood latch? Even if the hood doesn't "spring up", if you can freely lift the hood an inch or two in order to get to the secondary latch, the hood release switch has done its job.[/QUOTE]

    Yes. That's what I have to do. It's fine for me then?
     
  3. Aug 25, 2013 at 11:45 AM
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    Yes. That's what I have to do. It's fine for me then?[/QUOTE]

    Yeah. Sometimes they spring up, sometimes they dont... But if you can lift it with one finger after you pull the inside latch (only resistance is the weight of the hood) then the latch is working properly. It becomes an issue in my case where the inside latch doesn't "pop" the hood, therefore not allowing it to come up that extra inch or two to access the secondary lever. You're fine :thumbsup:

    Another piece of advice to everyone though, don't drop your hood from a height. Lower it until it rests on the secondary lever, and then use force to push it that extra inch or two until it clicks into place.

    Hopefully I was able to get my thoughts into words here :eek:
     
  4. Aug 25, 2013 at 8:25 PM
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    Thanks! I was concerned for a minute...
     
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