Don't go nuts on a new switch. Head to the nearest salvage yard. This is normally such a low failure item that they won't have much call for it. You'll probably get one for a buck or two. Look for one of the little salvage yards. The big professional operations sometimes have something like a five-dollar minimum. That's fine for expensive parts but not for a dinky switch.
Also, since this is such a low failure item, I don't even remember what it looks like. If it looks like the photo I posted here from rockauto. Com, it is self-adjusted and it may just be over-adjusted from being squeezed too tightly. Replacement is not necessary. It has to be removed and reset, then reinstalled.
Look at the plunger, (blue arrow), and check if it's moving in and out properly. The hood light will turn off when you press it if it's working. If it is, see how many ribs are showing on the switch body, (red arrow). That's the section that will slide down into the white ring to self-adjust as necessary when you close the hood. If no ribs are showing, the switch just needs to be reset.
Sunday, March 25th, 2012 AT 6:23 PM