Mechanics

HOOD LATCH

Ford Taurus

2001 taurus

my hood won't latch when I close it. The cable isn't broken, maybe a little loose, but I can't find anything wrong with any of the parts. ANy ideas?

Thanks.
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TYLERDURDEN
February 28, 2007.



Keep hood open and go insode and pull the lever, let hood down slowly and see if the latch and the catch line up if not you will need to bend tha catch in the right position may be something else but start there

thanks, jim

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Tiny
CHEVYII
Feb 28, 2007.
Thanks, I'll give it a shot.

Tiny
TYLERDURDEN
Feb 28, 2007.
Everything seems to line up, and with a screwdriver I can push the mechanism down and it will latch (and the release handle will then release it) but when I close the hood it looks like it just doesn't go down far enough to catch.

Tiny
TYLERDURDEN
Feb 28, 2007.
Without seeing it I would look for anything under the hood not allowing it to close and make sure the latch is unlatched like you did with the screw driver, ther are also tow rubber stoppers on eith side of the radiator support that can be adjusted up or down for clearance issues you can adjust these by hand

jim

Tiny
CHEVYII
Feb 28, 2007.
Thats the thing - it doesn't look like it could close anymore. I was considering adding a couple of washers to the bar on the actual hood to see if that will get it to latch. When I push the hood all the way down it is pretty much flush (looks like it is going down all the way). Everything inside the mechanism looks sturdy.

Thanks again for the help.

Tiny
TYLERDURDEN
Feb 28, 2007.
Try and spin the stoppers down, they are either on the fenders at the front of the hood or on the rad support, I wouldnt try the spacer on the latch, just look at it closely whe its closing and spin those rubber stops down a few turns ad try it and keep adjusting until the hood will go low enough

thanks, jim

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Tiny
CHEVYII
Feb 28, 2007.