1995 Toyota Corolla Car Hood

Tiny
ZARDUKE
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  • 1995 TOYOTA COROLLA
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 205,000 MILES
The car hood remains opens even after I shut it firmly (the hood is held close only by the safety latch that has to be physically opened to open the car hood), and I have noticed that the latch on the inside of the car that opens the hood is also free and loose, whereby pulling it doesnt open the hood. What might the problem be and how would I fix it?
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Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 AT 1:33 PM

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Tiny
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Hi zarduke,

Thank you for the donation.

Either the latch is faulty or out of adjustment.

Use a screwdriver and try to push down on the latch catch as if the hood is being closed and if the latch locks and need to be opened by pulling the opener inside vehicle, the latch is ok. You would need to adjust the latch to sit at a higher position to get it locked.

To adjust, loosen the 3 holding bolts and move it upwards and retighten the bolts. Mark the initial position before starting. You might need a few tries to get the correct position for easy closing and the hood is not too loosely seated.
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Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 AT 1:56 PM
Tiny
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Hello,

Thank you for your response! I tried what you suggested, but I cannot get the hood to close completely, although it is still held "locked" by the latch catch. Any other suggestions?
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Thursday, April 30th, 2009 AT 3:45 PM
Tiny
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Just to make sure I understand the problem.

You have tested the hood latch and it is locking correctly using the screwdriver?

Is the latch now in the locked position with the hood loose or is it held only by the safety catch?

If it is locked correctly but is loose, you need to adjust the latch to a lower position. If the position is already at lowest point, the latch base is out of position and would need to be repaired to realign them.

If any impact damage had occurred to the latch base, the latch and hood striker would be out of sync resulting in difficult closing and opening.

Lift the hood slightly and note the striker and hood alignment, stirker should seat centrally at the point of contact with hood latch, if not, readjust latch position, either left or right to correct.
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Thursday, April 30th, 2009 AT 8:05 PM

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