Hood to Windshield Latch

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Hood to Windshield Latch

Post by delta31 » Thu May 12, 2022 4:20 am

This in regards to the latch on the windshield that holds the hood up. My question is when raising the hood and laying it back against the windshield
should the u bolt in the hood engage the latch causing the latch hook the u bolt?

Or do you have to manually operate the latch so the hook engages the u bolt? The TM says to open the latch.

I do have to replace the cowl seal but I suspect that things will not line up well enough for the u bolt to cause the latch to open.
I have adjusted the latch position with mounting bolds but now luck with making this engage on it own.

IT does work if I manually reach up and open the latch then it will hook the u bolt. Just wondering if this is working correctly or if something is bent.

Thanks


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Re: Hood to Windshield Latch

Post by jnissen » Thu May 19, 2022 6:13 am

On mine I need to assist the latch. It does not consistently engage. May be due to paint or poor alignment but it varies since windshield can move as well as hood hinge tolerance.


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Re: Hood to Windshield Latch

Post by delta31 » Fri May 20, 2022 4:10 am

Thank You for the reply. It is helpful


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