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.
Thursday, April 30th, 2009 AT 8:05 PM