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Rusted out hood latch... easy fix?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by a.s., Jan 11, 2019.

  1. Jan 11, 2019 at 4:37 AM
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    a.s.

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    Nothing like having to pull over on the highway to bungee down your hood in 20º weather at 1:00am after working a 14 hour shift. :mad: Before I head to the repair shop, is this a relatively easy fix? Disconnect the release cable, unbolt the the old assembly then bolt on a new one? There's no rivets to worry about right?

    It's too dame cold to go outside and start looking right now. o_O Thanks
     
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  2. Jan 11, 2019 at 5:28 AM
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    Yea, it's pretty straight forward.
     
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    Have you tried OILING it? Just pour a bunch of motor oil all over it, and work the latch a bit.
     
  4. Jan 11, 2019 at 6:17 AM
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    Really? :rolleyes:

    The latch is BROKEN. No amount of oil is fixing that. LOL :thumbsup:
     
  5. Jan 11, 2019 at 6:44 AM
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    Next time, keep it lubed to avoid that and view it as a lesson learned, and apply that to other moving parts such as door and tail gate hinges, gas cap cover, etc....
     
  6. Jan 11, 2019 at 7:01 AM
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    That's sometimes easier said than done. For instance, do you know how I was able to provide an answer here? I had the Hood Latch on my 2014 (which is much newer than the OP's truck) partially freeze up due to corrosion this past fall. I thought I'd kept it well lubed, but apparently Toyota cheaped out on the finish on the parts making up the latch. I freed things up and applied a liberal coat of Fluid Film to everything, but was quite disappointed that it would corrode that fast.

    As for the OP's Hood Latch, I'd say he got his money's worth out of it.
     
  7. Jan 11, 2019 at 9:04 AM
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    I see the lube police are still trolling the forums. :rolleyes:

    Thanks @Too Stroked. I figured it was a simple and cheap fix. The hatch has been hanging by a thread for a few years now. Ordered the part this morning. Next up is the rusted out hitch mount. Or maybe I should just lube it? :rofl:
     
  8. Jan 11, 2019 at 3:20 PM
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    Maybe i'm just 'lucky'. My 09' with 150.000 miles, all of which have been in Western New York and with our Buffalo area winters, and all of these things work perfectly.
     
  9. Jan 11, 2019 at 3:21 PM
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    Hey, feel free to stay stupid. Carry on, Babe.
     
  10. Jan 11, 2019 at 4:38 PM
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    Lube is important when using the hitch mount. Makes it easy to slide the drawbar in and out. :burnrubber:
     
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  11. Jan 14, 2019 at 6:25 AM
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    Next time start with that.
    Nowhere in your previous posts did you say it was broken. Only rusted.
     
  12. Jan 17, 2019 at 7:53 PM
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    Fixed. Cost me $20 and 15 minutes of my time. To top it off the latch came pre-lubed. Don’t have to worry about it for another 12 years!

    :D
     

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